OregonASK has had an acting partner committee since 2005 to oversee initiatives, operations, resource distribution, and annual conference development. Current and past partners include state agency representatives, public and private afterschool providers, and a myriad of non-profit agency delegates working in collaboration to meet the needs of Oregon youth.
OregonASK maintains an active Partners Committee, with over 70 members at any one time, with new partners joining constantly and some having been a part of the collaborative for over 10 years. The Partners Committee meets quarterly, as we continue to rely on relationships with stakeholders around the state, utilizing their feedback and involvement in various projects and advocacy efforts.
OregonASK is also convening Work Groups and Subcommittee teams focused on specific projects, including our Health & Wellness team and Access & Equity Data Design Team. CLICK HERE to see our full meeting schedule for 2017-18.
Alliance of Y’s
OregonASK and the Alliance of Y’s have been increasing our work together- most notably in the area of Out-of-School Time Health and Wellness. Renea Wood worked with the Alliance of Y’s while serving as a White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellow. She spent ten months studying afterschool and expanded learning policy and developing state-level policy plans in partnership with OregonASK and the National Afterschool Alliance. She has been a critical partner, establishing collaborative partnerships with YMCA’s across Oregon.
Our goal of this partnership is to create a campaign to encourage the passing of legislation aimed at encouraging the use of HEPA standards for healthy-out-of-school time programs. The Oregon Y’s are already taking steps towards increasing the use of HEPA standards in our state, with the goal of each Y region becoming the focus of HEPA awareness and reinforcing the importance of healthy out-of-school programs found in Y’s throughout the nation.
Read the State Alliance January 2018 newsletter for more information about the work we are doing together!
Children’s First for Oregon
Read through United for Kid’s 2018 Children’s Agenda Legislative Concepts to see what Oregonians are doing to support children in our state and to get informed about this years legislative session!
Students across Oregon will put their inventions to the test this spring during a series of competitions. Join the Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program (ORTOP) to see amazing work being done by the future scientists and engineers living in our state! Check out the calendar of events and RSVP to stay informed!
The 2018 MESA Demo Day is February 10th. Join Oregon MESA in shining the spotlight on the inventions of middle and high school students. This year, teams will present products designed for senior citizens. Learn more and register here.
Washington County Kids
Washington County Kids will be hosting a series of Community Conversations this spring throughout Washington County. At these events they will talk about the status of afterschool and summer programs, early learning, and pre-school and take input about the best way to approach problems of access for these vital opportunities. Afterschool care is one area of need highlighted by the chair of Washington County Kids. Potential solutions are a special property tax levy to raise funds to support quality child care and afterschool and summer programs. Another possibility is the creation of a Children’s Special District for the County.
All community members are welcome to join these conversations. For more information about Washington County Kids’ Community Conversations or how you can be involved, visit WashingtonCountyKids.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-349-2965.