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+ Global Response Announces International Student Art Contest
+ Nickelodeon to Award Half-Million Dollars in Grants to Schools and After-School Programs
+ New Report on "Youth as E-Citizens"
+ Opportunities for First Time Federal Grantees

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June 30, 2004

Fostering Family Partnerships

"Turning Points, a comprehensive school reform initiative for middle schools, has just released a new guide titled Creating Partnerships, Bridging Worlds: Family and Community Engagement. The guide is filled with practical strategies for emphasizing family strengths, creating partnerships, and promoting equity."

URL: http://www.turningpts.org/pdf/Family.pdf
Referred by: Coalition for Community Schools
Posted by mbiswas on June 30, 2004 | Resources

June 25, 2004

Global Response Announces International Student Art Contest

"Global Response invites kids ages 5 through 18 from around the world to participate in an art contest for environmental awareness. Global Response is an environmental action and education network currently celebrating its 100th campaign. The group has campaigned to help communities worldwide facing environmental crises by constructing very effective letter writing campaigns that have an impressive 41% success rate. The subject of the artwork must be one or more of these campaigns." Deadline: Dec 31, 2004

URL: http://www.globalresponse.org/artcontest.php
Referred by: GlobalEdNews
Posted by tstreit on June 25, 2004 | Activities

June 17, 2004

Nickelodeon to Award Half-Million Dollars in Grants to Schools and After-School Programs

"New York, NY - June 4, 2004 - Nickelodeon's pro-social 'Let's Just Play' campaign, which celebrates active, healthy lifestyles for kids, is announcing its first call for entries for a newly established 'Let's Just Play' grants program, offering a half-million dollars in awards to schools and after-school programs to provide resources to create and expand opportunities for physical play." Deadlines: Let's Just Play (participation required for eligibility) Oct. 2, 2004; Grant submission - Nov 1, 2004

URL: http://www.nick.com/all_nick/everything_nick/public_ljpgrants2.jhtml
Referred by: Promising Practices in Afterschool
Posted by tstreit on June 17, 2004 | Funding

New Report on "Youth as E-Citizens"

"'Youth as E-Citizens: Engaging the Digital Generation,' a groundbreaking study by the Center for Social Media at American University, challenges the tired cliche that young people today are unconcerned about and uninvolved in civic and political affairs."

URL: http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org/ecitizens/index.htm
Referred by: ListenUp!
Posted by tstreit on June 17, 2004 | Research

Opportunities for First Time Federal Grantees

"The Institute for Youth Development posts federal funding requests for proposals (RFPs) on its website three times per year. Most awards are in the $50,000 range and are available to community and faith-based organizations that run local programs for teens, the elderly, and other disadvantaged groups and have never received federal funds."

URL: http://www.youthdevelopment.org/articles/pr050301.htm
Referred by: Venture Philanthropy Partners
Posted by tstreit on June 17, 2004 | Funding

Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count

"The Kids Count 2004 Data Book, released by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, is available online. Users can generate custom graphs, maps, ranked lists, and state-by-state profiles or download the entire data set as delimited text files."

URL: http://www.aecf.org/kidscount/databook/
Referred by: Venture Philanthropy Partners
Posted by tstreit on June 17, 2004 | Resources

June 08, 2004

Study: Computer Use a Boost to Young Minds

"Preschool children who use a computer appear to develop better learning skills than peers who lack computer savvy, researchers said Monday."

URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5156124
Referred by: Reuters
Posted by tstreit on June 08, 2004 | Research

June 04, 2004

The Right Kind of After-School Programs Can Pay Off For Kids

"'What happens after school?' asks Susan Black. Researchers studying after-school time -- also referred to as out-of-school time -- have some answers. Richard Halpern, with Chicago's Erickson Institute for Graduate Study in Child Development, says the best programs give kids opportunities to explore and learn, as well as time to 'dawdle and daydream.'"

URL: http://www.asbj.com/current/research.html
Referred by: PEN
Posted by tstreit on June 04, 2004 | Research

June 03, 2004

SCHOOLKIDS USING E-BOOKS

"Beginning this fall, fifth- and sixth-grade students in a school district outside Dallas, Texas, will begin using laptops instead of textbooks."

URL: http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?storyID=4958237
Referred by: Reuters
Posted by mbiswas on June 03, 2004 | News

June 02, 2004

Safe and Drug-Free Schools-Mentoring Programs

"The Safe and Drug-Free Schools-Mentoring Programs grant provides assistance to promote mentoring programs for children with greatest need that: (1) assist these children in receiving support and guidance from a mentor; (2) improve the academic performance of the children; (3) improve interpersonal relationships between the children and their peers, teachers, other adults, and family members; (4) reduce the dropout rate of the children; and (5) reduce juvenile delinquency and involvement in gangs by the children." Deadline: July 7, 2004

URL: http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2004-2/052804f.html
Referred by: Department of Education
Posted by tstreit on June 02, 2004 | Funding