Archive for June, 2014

June Temperatures Rise with Fun Summer STEM News at Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC)

Monday, June 16th, 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:

  • Haddonfield Elementary Students Participate in “CAN” Program
  • To Get Ahead in STEM, the Key Is C — Computers
  • NIOST and NJSACC Offer A New and Incredible STEM Fellowship Opportunity!
  • Full STEM Ahead is the #1 Resource for New Jersey STEM News! All Aboard!!
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  • Guitar building teaches Oregon students math, science, history

Part-Time Job Opening for the Fall 2014: Afterschool Enrichment Instructor (Elementary and Middle School)

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Part-Time Job Opening
Afterschool Enrichment Instructor (Elementary and Middle School)
Hours: Varied, two-hour periods; must be available weekday afternoons
Pay: $25 per hour
Dates: Fall 2014 to Summer 2015
Deadline: Open until filled


Highly successful afterschool program seeks dedicated and inspired instructors to lead enrichment activities in the All Stars Program at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Asbury Park. Our program is funded in part by a 21st enrichment activities focused around a STEAM theme (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) with additional programming in the areas of literacy, physical education, and character development.

The ideal candidate has experience teaching elementary and middle school youth or has professional experience combined with a passion for working with children. Content areas include hands-on science, gardening, fitness, kitchen chemistry, culinary arts, journalism, music, architecture, photography, robotics, martial arts, rocketry, Zumba, chess, recycled art, video game design, fashion design, theater, salsa dancing, community service, career exploration, and video arts. Creative class ideas are welcome, particularly those that fall within the STEAM theme.


  • Create lesson plans and lead weekly enrichment activities.
  • Lead hands-on group activities that are engaging and age appropriate.
  • Prepare materials and equipment for afterschool activities.
  • Participate in ongoing professional development throughout the year.


  • A passion and commitment to providing youth with high quality learning experiences.
  • Energetic, with the ability to build meaningful relationships and engage with youth in a professional manner.
  • Experience working with students from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Must meet background clearance requirements.

Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to:

East Camden teens take a positive message on the road

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Vaughn Williams and Fredrick Henderson traveled to Colorado to talk about “The Third Space.” (ED HILLE / Staff Photographer)
By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist

East Camden Middle School student Vaughn Williams took an idea – about a place both physical and spiritual – and ran with it.

Halfway across the country.

In Denver on May 9, Williams, assisted by eighth-grade classmate Fredrick Henderson, addressed about 150 people during a national Youth Development Institute conference.

Their presentation featured video, a logo (an empty cube), and audience participation. It centered on a notion called “The Third Space,” where one can find solitude or community, stress reduction, or strength of purpose.

The Third Space “is not quite home . . . it’s that place that you retreat to, that place that occupies your thoughts,” Williams told the crowd at the Jack A. Vickers Boys and Girls Club.

Henderson distributed paper copies of the empty cube logo, urging the audience of kids from San Francisco, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and other cities to fill the blank space with words that describe their own Third Space.

Their thoughts were captured in a word cloud, laden with upbeat nouns such as peace, laughter, and friends. The presentation earned the East Camden duo, both 14, a standing ovation.

Two weeks after their return from Colorado, I meet Miller and Henderson in the cafeteria at East Camden Middle, where both participate in the EducationWorks after-school and summer enrichment program.

EducationWorks is funded through a federal grant and serves about 400 students at East Camden Middle, Woodrow Wilson High School, and the McGraw and Cramer Elementary Schools. It aims to broaden horizons, develop character, and help students build leadership, collaboration, and other skills.

A letter Williams wrote last fall to Chase V. Miller, the EducationWorks middle school coordinator, provided the inspiration for The Third Space.

“Vaughn had some behavioral and academic issues,” Miller says.

“I was pretty hyper,” Williams says, laughing.

“Vaughn talked in the letter about sometimes he breaks, but how we all put him back together again because there are so many positive individuals in this space,” Miller continues. “The letter was a window into how our program works for kids.”

Miller thought of the letter again this year when he got an invitation from the Youth Development Institute, seeking students to speak at the national conference using the popular “TED Talk” format.

“He told me about the third space, and I did some research,” Williams says. He became familiar with sociologist Ray Oldenburg’s book The Great Good Place, which talks about the importance of informal social gathering places outside of home and work.

The more Williams thought about it, he realized that a person’s third space can be a mental, as well as a physical, locale.

“My third space is EducationWorks,” he says. “No one gives up on you in EW.”

Miller and Williams put together a video in collaboration with Philadelphia filmmaker Mike Dennis. It won Vaughn a slot at the conference.

“We’ve used this video to show what productive youth-adult partnerships look like,” says Sarah Zeller-Berkman, director of community youth development.

Williams began collaborating with Henderson, and soon his friend was officially on board to help develop the presentation, Miller says.

“They put a lot of hard work into this,” he adds. “They gave up lunch period! They did this for a city that doesn’t get as much recognition as it should, for a school that doesn’t get as much attention as it should.”

He had Williams memorize “great pieces of oratory”; Henderson studied TED Talks on YouTube to pick up pointers on how to engage audiences.

“They were representing Camden, and they were very aware of the bad rap Camden gets and the bad rap the school district has been dealing with,” says EducationWorks director Bianca M. White.

I’ve seen a rough video cut of the presentation; Williams and Henderson do themselves, their city, and their “third space” proud.

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canceled: Fri 6/13 Licensed Afterschool Program Roundtable

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

When: Friday, June 13, 2014

First Baptist Church
170 Elm Street
Westfield, NJ 07090

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Cost: FREE, but registration is required.

Please be aware that the scheduled Licensed Afterschool Program Roundtable (detailed above) has been canceled.

For questions, please contact NJSACC at: 908-789-0259

NJ Senate panel to hear bill that would increase tax on lottery winnings to fund after school programs

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

By Matt Friedman/The Star-Ledger

TRENTON — New Jersey lottery winners — already hit with steep taxes — would pay a little more to help the less fortunate under a bill scheduled for a hearing today.

The state Senate’s State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee plans to take up the measure (S1767), which would add an additional 0.5 percent tax on state Jersey lottery winnings of $600 or more.

The money would be used to fund after school programs run by non-profit groups in school districts where at least 40 percent of students are “at risk.”

The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Ronald Rice, said he hopes the bill can counter budget cuts in recent years to after school programs in urban areas.

“You talk about violent crime and these opportunities for kids — there aren’t any except for the street corner,” Rice (D-Essex) said. “It’s a real mess when it comes to funding. And then everyone’s crying about what are we going to do for these kids?”

New Jersey’s tax rate on lottery winnings is currently 10.8 percent. On the federal level, the winnings are taxed as ordinary income. The federal rate for income of more than $406,750 for a single person is 39.6 percent.

New Jersey law defines “at risk” students as those who live in households with incomes of no more than 185 percent of the federal poverty threshold. For a family of four, that’s $44,122.

The bill is scheduled for a hearing at 2 p.m.

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