Save the Date for the 2016 Oregon Afterschool Conference
October 22nd, 2016

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Registration Opens on August 1st – make sure to register before September 15th to take advantage of this year’s early bird rate! Download the OAC 2016 Flyer and pass it along. Contact Katie Lakey for Group Registration.


How Are You Supporting Youth This Summer?

On July 14th, National Summer Learning Day, Centro Cultural de Washington County welcomed White House Official, Alejandra Ceja to their program, highlighting the years of services they have provided and their new commitment to serving youth during the summer. Read the Full Story HERE.

This June, OregonASK partnered with Gilbert House Children’s Museum, National Summer Learning Association and a dozen local programs to have a Summer Block Party in Salem where youth and families could explore local activities and resources available to support Summer Learning.

Do you have someone or something you’d like us to share? Email us with details, pictures or links to local news stories.


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In 2015-2016, OregonASK assisted the YMCA of Columbia Willamette’s School Age Only programs in putting together a multi-site portfolio for Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). This streamlined portfolio system offered by The Research Institute (TRI) helps programs that have many sites create one master portfolio for all the things that are agency-wide like policies and business practices. OregonASK is pleased to have played a part in this streamlined process and we think it will make it easier for many school age programs to participate in QRIS.

OregonASK’s Quality Improvement Specialist for QRIS, Susan Hamann, is excited about helping more school age only programs find their way in QRIS.  While we acknowledge that QRIS is more representative of an early childhood program, it can work for school age programs, too! Do you want help with QRIS for your school age program? Contact Susan at susan.hamann@oregonask.org


OregonASK Receives National Grants to Support our STEM Work

OregonASK is pleased to have received another two year grant from STEM Next (formally the Noyce Foundation) to support our statewide STEM Systems work. This award will allow us to provide training and content directly to programs in several areas related to STEM, including Service Learning, Family Engagement and Program Quality. One of the projects will include a collaboration with the National Youth Leadership Council to provide training to middle school programs on implementing connected STEM and Service Learning content.  If you are interested in being a part of our 10 program middle school cohort, please contact Katie Lakey. 

We have also received an award from the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families to host Municipal Summits around Oregon. We will be able to convene municipal leaders with STEM Hub representatives and community partners as we help educate leaders on the critical role they can play in building a sustainable workforce by supporting an ecosystem that sustainability supports STEM learning.


Excellence In Expanded Learning Award!

0519161307aPlease join us in honoring our newest recipient Terri Fackrell!

Terri currently serves as the Community Recreation Department Manager for Willamalane Park and Recreation District in Springfield, OR. Willamalane is a special tax district that maintains and operates five recreation facilities and 45 parks totaling nearly 1,500 acres, including 13 waterfront areas, 25 miles of hiking and biking trails, 17 sports fields and 25 playgrounds. Terri has almost 20 years of experience working with Park and Recreation departments around Oregon, serving at Willamalane since 2008.

Terri is not only dedicated to helping engage youth and families in her community through the great outdoors, she has also been a long time partner of OregonASK Expanded Learning Partnership. Terri has represented the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association on the Partner committee for 10 years!! We know it is easy to get caught up in the continuous ‘fires’ that arise from everyday programming, but we would like to recognize Terri for her commitment to the Network and the field of afterschool as a whole – Thank You Terri!


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