Archive for February, 2014

Register Today! The National Afterschool Association (NAA) Annual Convention 2014 Fri 2/28 – 3/3

Friday, February 14th, 2014

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Experience innovation in the Big Apple! 
Friday February 28 – Monday March 3, 2014
The New York Hilton Midtown, NYC

Join hundreds of afterschool professionals for the largest gathering for learning and connecting in the afterschool field!

  • EXPERIENCE learning and gain valuable new ideas!
  • INNOVATE and share your successes in afterschool and summer programs!
  • CONNECT with leaders and experts!
  • CELEBRATE afterschool in the bright lights of New York City!

Highlights for the 2014 Convention include:

  • Over 100 engaging and innovative workshop sessions using experiential and inventive facilitation techniques!
  • Ignite sessions on hot topics!
  • An “Innovation Stations” poster showcase of unique afterschool projects!
  • An exciting exhibit hall full of businesses, nonprofit organizations, and schools!
  • Multiple engaging networking opportunities via morning coffees and organized opportunities to explore New York together!
  • A NYC Scavenger Hunt!

Olympic News for STEM in February 2014 at Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC)

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

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Click here to read the latest GSGSC Newsletter now!

The Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative is the New Jersey initiative of the National Girls Collaborative Project, a program focused on providing high quality STEM activities to girls. Their primary goal is to strengthen the capacity of girl-serving STEM programs to effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in STEM by sharing promising practice research and program models, outcomes, products and by connecting formal and informal educators, business and industry in order to maximize the resources that can positively influence our girls. Contact Mike MacEwan for more information how you can become involved.

In their latest issue, the Garden State Girls STEP Collaborative Project spotlights:

  • 6 Winter Olympics-Themed STEM Resources
  • Classroom-Ready STEM Lessons: Olympic Engineering
  • Get the Latest from Science News For Students
  • Children’s Book ‘Hello Ruby’ Teaches 4- to 7-Year-Olds How to Code
  • Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed?
  • Lego Responds to 7-Year-Old Girl’s Awesome Letter
  • Nominate a Young Volunteer for Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program
  • Deadline: 3/14/14 by 11:59pm CT

New Wallace Videos Show How Afterschool Can Help Cities Close the Opportunity Gap

Monday, February 10th, 2014

“Afterschool is where the community can help the school push back against the hungry bear of poverty…that’s really what keeps taking bites out of our progress.”

So says Robert Balfanz, a professor and senior research scientist at Johns Hopkins University, one of the experts in a new six-minute video from The Wallace Foundation. Hear them discuss how afterschool can help cities close the opportunity gap between low-income students and their higher-income peers.

In a second video, field leaders lay out steps cities can take to build an afterschool system in order to boost program quality and attendance.

The videos were taped in 2013 as part of the Better Together conference on how cities can improve access to high-quality afterschool – and help push back the hungry bear of poverty – by coordinating the work of government agencies, program providers and funders.

To learn more about afterschool system building, click here.

Company’s grant helps CYO upgrade computer lab for students in Trenton

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Gordon Medenica (pictured above,) CEO Northstar New Jersey, speaks at the podium in the gym at the CYO of Mercer County on S. Broad St. in Trenton, New Jersey before the official opening of the first Northstar NJ After School Advantage Computer Lab. At left is Tom Mladenetz, Executive Director, CYO of Mercer County and at right, Senator Shirley Turner. Michael Mancuso/The Times

By Nicole Mulvaney / The Times of Trenton

More than 100 students from 12 Mercer County schools make their way to the Catholic Youth Organization of Mercer County on South Broad Street every day to participate in arts and crafts classes, play on the outside playground and get homework help through the group’s after-school program.

But the organization’s computers, located in an upstairs lab, were more than 10 years old, prompting officials to apply for a grant that would help them revitalize the space.

With the assistance of Northstar New Jersey, the management services company that provides sales and marketing support to the New Jersey Lottery through a Growth Services Agreement with New Jersey and Department of Treasury, the lab got a complete makeover this winter as volunteers replaced the old machines with 14 Dell flat-screen computers and added new printers, desks, speakers, headphones, educational software, flooring and a fresh coat of paint.

“The state lottery has a slogan: ‘Give Your Dreams a Chance,’ and now Northstar is giving a chance to these kids to succeed and do better academically,” CYO Executive Director Tom Mladenetz said. “We are very pleased to be a beneficiary of their generosity.”

Executives from Northstar joined state Sen. Shirley Turner (D-Lawrence), Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes, Mladenetz and other local officials yesterday to unveil the $30,000 refurbished lab as about a dozen children quickly settled in front of the new computers to play games with headphones clinging to their ears.

The CYO applied for the grant with Northstar two years ago, and Mladenetz said officials were ecstatic when they recently learned they were chosen for the lab renovation.

“The kids were just thrilled to know what was coming,” he said. “It was almost like waiting for Christmas morning.”

The South Broad Street facility operates out of a more than 90-year-old former movie theater, and the computer lab renovation was a much needed project, Mladenetz said.

The CYO also operates facilities on East State Street in the city and two others in Ewing and Yardville.

In addition to after-school programs, it also offers preschool programs and summer camps for area children.

The Northstar New Jersey After School Advantage program began in 1999 through the GTECH Corp., a company that provides technology solutions to regulated gaming markets.

The program provides educational opportunities to children by donating new computers, printers, software, furniture and volunteer hours to nonprofit organizations that sponsor after-school programs in areas where Northstar has offices.

The After School Advantage program aims to narrow the digital divide to grant more children access to computers and other educational opportunities, Northstar CEO Gordon Medenica said.

“These computer labs are designed to provide urban children aged 5 to 15 with a meaningful but fun learning experience during those critical after-school hours in a safe environment,” he said. “Northstar hopes to increase children’s interest in careers in computers and provide them with the necessary tools to help them become more competitive in school and in today’s job market.”

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