Thank you to everyone who joined us at Chemeketa Community College for our annual Afterschool Conference!

Hundreds of afterschool and summer program professionals joined us on November 4th for an exciting day of exploration and learning as we set out on our afterschool adventure! Read this 2017 Conference Review for a look at overall participation and feedback from our 9th annual conference!

CLICK HERE to see photos from the 2017 conference. Thank you to all of the presenters, volunteers, exhibitors and participants who joined us!


It’s Lights On Afterschool Season, Let’s Share How Afterschool Works

Governor Brown’s Proclamation to Keep the Lights On

It’s the time of year when we want to share about how Afterschool Works for youth, families and the community you serve. If you did not get a chance to host a Lights On event in October, take a look at easy ways to engage the community for Lights On Afterschool. Find additional resources for Sharing Your Message that Afterschool Helps Kids Grow & Learn


Informal STEM Impacting Oregon Youth

As the nation, and Oregonians, seek ways to increase interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and careers, we are proud to announce the release of new research that includes Oregon youth making powerful strides in STEM. The study worked across 11 states, involving nearly 1,600 youth in 160 programs and was able to show that STEM in afterschool is an effective part of engaging youth in STEM and helping them build the skills they will need for the future.DSC_0720

Overall, the study found that participation in STEM-focused afterschool programs led to major, positive changes in student, showing positive gains in areas such as STEM interest, STEM identity, STEM career interest and career knowledge, and 21st-century skills, including perseverance and critical thinking. We understand the importance of providing engaging STEM experiences for youth, particularly for those historically underserved youth who do not have ample opportunities for hands-on learning.

Take a look at the full Afterschool & STEM System-Building Evaluation Report, or the Oregon Afterschool & STEM Report for more specifics on Oregon participants. You can also find more information about Oregon needs from our Informal STEM in Oregon and Oregon STEM Fact Sheet.


Smart Summers Report: Investing in Experience, Skills, and Oregon’s Future through Summer Learning

We are thrilled to share with you this summer learning report created by the House Education Committee’s Summer Learning Work Group, convened by Representative Smith Warner between the 2016 & 2017 legislative sessions. The Smart Summers Report explains the nature of summer learning, provides policy context for decision makers, and offers examples of how summer learning has made a difference for children in Oregon- and across the nation. The culmination of the report includes recommendations for linking enrichment and skill-building opportunities to provide high-impact learning experiences for Oregon kids most in need of them.

Zero Robotics Final Competition

Zero Robotics celebrated with a final international competition conducted via the International Space Station (ISS).
Four teams from around Oregon joined over a dozens teams from around the country as we watched astronauts at the ISS upload computer programming into the SPHERE robots.

Family STEM Nights in Partnership with PTA

Afterschool & Summer Learning Day at the Capitol


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