Archive for March, 2014

Join us for ‘That’s a Family’ – a Fantastic Workshop on Sat 4/12/14 – Newark, NJ

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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Presented by Dagmar Wojcik (1.5 hours)

In this workshop based on the groundbreaking video That’s a Family, you will see the many different shapes that families take today. Designed especially for elementary-school children, the video takes you in to the lives of children in a variety of family situations, explaining concepts like birth mom, mixed race, guardian, gay and lesbian, and step dad. The film’s message of inclusion and respect for all is a crucial one for children and adults to learn.

When:  Saturday April 12, 2014

Where: FOCUS Hispanic Center
441-443 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Time: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Cost: $15 (light refreshments will be served)


For registration details, invoice, information or other questions, please contact Jessica Heiberg at: 908-789-0259

*This training is hosted by Iya Brown, NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador, Essex County

Newark’s Oliver Street School students win national STEM prize

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

NEWARK — Oliver Street Elementary School was one of five schools nationwide to win the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, a competition that asks students to apply STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) solutions to fix problems in their communities.

Oliver Street students won $140,000 for “Guarding the Water Supply,” a project they researched and designed to clean up the polluted Passaic River by designing a system of sewer grates to reduce the amount of street garbage flowing into the river.

“Oliver Street School’s outstanding response to Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow contest reflects the hard work, ingenuity and creative thought that STEM education is all about,” Assistant Superintendent Mitchell Center said. “When challenged to relate their classroom learning and knowledge of 21st century technology directly to their own neighborhood, these bright and engaged students saw a grassroots opportunity to step up as environmental stewards of the Passaic River.”

Oliver and the other four winning schools — from Miami, Philadelphia, Yakima, Wash., and Sunburst, Mont., — were chosen from 2,300 schools around the nation.

Oliver Street STEM students presented their prototype at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas earlier this month. They were selected as one of five winners through a national crowd-sourcing campaign.

The students have been working on the project since the fall. They will choose prizes from Samsung products, including printers, touchscreen displays and other monitors. The students will be honored next month at a luncheon in Washington, D.C. with lawmakers.

The students explain their Guarding the Water Supply project in this video.

Click here to read from this article’s source.

STEM Marches On with Great News in March at Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC)

Monday, March 24th, 2014

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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:

  • Teen Invents Flashlight That Could Change The World
  • Reminder to Register for TeenTech 2014 Thurs 5/29/14
  • TEDxYouth@Mt.Olive Asks ‘Have an Idea Worth Sharing?’
  • GSGSC joins the pledge to #banbossy
  • Educating Google Generation Demands Change, Will After-School Take Lead?
  • Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed?
  • STEM in New Jersey: Strengthen a Strength

Apply by 4/3/14! 21st Century Community Learning Centers Programs Offer Grant Opportunity

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014


The New Jersey Department of Education is pleased to announce the release of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Competitive Grant-Cohort 10-Year 1/5 Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO), approved and posted to the NJDOE website under “Available Grant Opportunities.” Click here to visit the NJDOE on the web.

This application is due on April 3, 2014

The purpose of the 21st CCLC program is to supplement the education of students in grades 4-12, who attend schools eligible for Title I school wide programs or schools where a minimum of 30% of students are from low-income families.

21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) are defined as centers that offer academic remediation and enrichment activities in tandem with a broad array of other enrichment activities in the areas of arts and culture, youth development, and physical activity to students and their adult family members when school is not in session (afterschool, before school or during the summer).

Eligibility to apply for this 21st CCLC program is open to all New Jersey public or private agencies (i.e., charter schools, educational service commissions, jointure commissions and special-services school districts), non-profit organizations, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations (including religious private schools), institutions of higher learning and for-profit agencies.

The competitive application will only be accepted through the Department’s Electronic Web-Enabled Grant (EWEG) system. No paper applications will be accepted.

If you have any questions, please send an email to: 

Volunteer and Help! NJSACC Seeks STEM VISTA Project Coordinator

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Join NJSACC for an exciting year of service promoting exciting, hands-on STEM learning in NJ’s afterschool programs!

This posting is for a one-year AmeriCorps VISTA year of service. A modest living allowance is provided but this is NOT a permanent, salaried position with NJSACC.

More information about AmeriCorps VISTA may be found here.

This position is a great opportunity for a recent college graduate or anyone interested in changing careers to gain experience in the nonprofit sector. Those interested in youth development, informal education and STEM education are encouraged to apply.

Afterschool STEM VISTA Project Coordinator

Start Date: June 2014 (a required Pre-Service Orientation is June 17-20)

Application deadline: ASAP

Type: Full-time position. AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a modest living allowance depending on county of residence (about $1,000 per month).

Benefits: Health, Child Care, Relocation, Training, End of Service Education Award / ($5,550) or End of Service Cash Stipend ($1,500)

Location: Westfield, NJ

About this position:

NJSACC, the Statewide Network for NJ’s Afterschool Communities, in partnership with the Afterschool Alliance, want all children to have access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning opportunities in NJ’s afterschool programs.

High quality STEM-based afterschool programs provide the perfect environment to engage youth in STEM related topics without risk of academic failure, improve attitudes towards STEM fields, and increase the likelihood that youth will graduate and pursue a STEM career.

The STEM VISTA Project Coordinator will:

  • Map STEM afterschool programs, identify gaps of service, and develop partner engagement strategies;
  • Establish a community support system that links established afterschool programs with potential partners and STEM resources;
  • Serve in a technical assistance and coaching role in order to assist STEM programs in building their internal capacity; and ,
  • Will develop a model for recruiting, training, and matching STEM mentors in the local community with afterschool programs.

This position is a year-long assignment beginning in June 2014 and ending June 2015. Applicant must be willing to commit to a one-year assignment. A modest living allowance is provided but this is NOT a permanent, salaried position with NJSACC.

More information about AmeriCorps VISTA may be found here!


  • Must have strong writing, research and analytic skills
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and a willingness to learn and use a variety of online tools
  • Must have valid driver’s license, access to a car and willingness to travel throughout NJ for meetings and events
  • The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated interest in STEM education, youth development, and/or community service
  • Ability to work independently and on a team
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of individuals and constituencies
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required for this position.

If you are interested in applying, please email your resume and a cover letter detailing your interest in this position to: Please direct questions to: — no phone calls please. Interviews will be conducted via phone or in-person in Westfield.