This is Afterschool & Summer Learning: Helping Families & Communities Thrive.
As summer is quickly approaching, we understand youth and families are searching for things to do this summer. Whether keeping kids safe, having fun, continuing learning, trying new things, practicing workforce skills, being physical active, socializing with peers, summer programs have an essential role for every kid in Oregon. You can use this template to help tell your story of engaging youth and serving families this summer. Self Enhancement Inc tells their story of supporting families through afterschool programs in the video below.
Afterschool Access & Equity Survey
In response to a growing need, and as part of our Opportunity Grant, OregonASK set out to collect information from across the state that would help identify barriers to accessing afterschool programs as well as equitable practices within the field. We have been collecting data about the world of afterschool in Oregon for over a decade and know the importance of hearing from the field, parents, and youth about the challenges faced every day. Our survey collection started in spring of 2018, followed by focus groups throughout the fall and winter, in hopes of identifying where gaps in service may exist to be able to effectively advocate for more funding and resources to support quality expanded learning opportunities for all youth in Oregon.
We have an Interim Report showing some of our initial findings, but are welcoming any last responses from programs, staff or youth who wan to share their voice about their afterschool experience. You can take the Program Management Survey HERE to fill out general enrollment and program information or take the Site Staff survey to tell us about your training find out more about the research project here or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like links to the Youth survey.
Did you see our video about how Farmworker Housing Development Corporation does Afterschool?
Looking for our new OregonASK AmeriCorps VISTAs!
My Brother’s Keeper
OregonASK is looking for passionate candidates interested in working on state systems to support our My Brother’s Keeper/Access & Equity work. This is a one year position, ready to start when you are. Find out more HERE
Did you Play all May!
It’s not too late to take a look at some of these resources to help make the most of Play All May and the opportunity we have to engage and play with youth! There is plenty to do in your program every day or send home ideas to get families in on the fun too.
Taking Care of Afterschool
Many organizations are raising awareness on the importance of heart health and providing tips and tools on their websites. We encourage our hardworking partners to help us raise awareness on heart health and check out resources like:
- American Heart Association– Provides facts and tips on heart health.
- Food Hero– Healthy, easy, culturally diverse, and kid approved recipes
- NIH: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute– Facts, tips and social media materials
- Action for Healthy Kids– Tips and activities to do in your program
- Kids Heart Challenge: Fundraising and awareness building opportunity
NEW REPORT FROM ASPEN INSTITUTE: A Nation at Hope
The Aspen Institute released the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and
Academic Development Final Report on January 15th. The release of “From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope” is filled with profound hope on how we can foster in our children the knowledge, skills, and character to make better lives and a better country.
This report emphasizes translating how people learn into practice and helping students learning skills like collaboration, empathy, and perseverance requires systemic change. This understanding is fueling a growing movement of young people, educators, parents, researchers, leaders in business and civil rights and communities from across the country. Science has made clear that children learn best when we teach them as whole people, and schools and communities are recognizing that they can no longer separate academics and students’ broader development. To view the whole report, click here.
Are you getting ready for Summer already?
We know it is hard to believe summer is just around the corner but when it comes to making plans for families, now is the time to get started. You can take a look at National Summer Learning Association materials on Summer Starts in September or reach out to find local partners who may be able to help increase access to quality summer learning opportunities for more youth across Oregon. Read our Smart Summers Report or find Joint Committee on Student Success Recommendations on supporting youth during the summer months to help all youth find success in life.
What do you know about OregonASK’s partners?
OregonASK is built on partnership- from the local to national networks we are members of- we know that collaboration and connection are the basis of community and the best way to support children. Learn more about OregonASK’s partners on our partners page– including how you can get involved!
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