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+ Funding Exchange Invites Proposals for Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media
+ Seventh-Grader Discovers Fast Food Ice Is Dirtier Than Toilet Water
+ High-Performing After-School Programs Share Five Common Characteristics
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February 28, 2006

Nominations of Young Community Volunteers Invited for Kohl's Kids Who Care Program

"A philanthropic program of the Kohl's Corporation, the Kohl's Kids Who Care program provides Kohl's an annual opportunity to recognize and reward young volunteers who transform their communities for the better.

Any individual 21 years of age and older may nominate children and youth who are 6 to 18 years old and have not yet graduated from high school by March 15, 2006. Nominators will be asked to describe a young community volunteer's actions in detail and document efforts that are above and beyond what is normally expected. The volunteer's efforts should have resulted in a positive community outcome and must have occurred within the last twelve months." Deadline: March 15.

URL: http://www.kohlscorporation.com/CommunityRelations/Community02.htm
Referred by: Foundation Center
Posted by wrivenburgh on February 28, 2006 | Funding

Funding Exchange Invites Proposals for Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media

"Named to honor singer, actor, and civil rights activist Paul Robeson, the Funding Exchange's Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media supports media activism and grassroots organizing by funding the pre-production and distribution of social issue film and video projects, as well as the production and distribution of radio projects made by local, state, national, or international organizations and individual media producers... The maximum grant award is $20,000, and most grants will range between $5,000 and $15,000." Deadline: May 15.

URL: http://www.fex.org/grantmaking.shtml#robeson
Referred by: Foundation Center
Posted by wrivenburgh on February 28, 2006 | Funding

Seventh-Grader Discovers Fast Food Ice Is Dirtier Than Toilet Water

"Jasmine Roberts never expected her award-winning middle school science project to get so much attention. But the project produced some disturbing results: 70 percent of the time, ice from fast food restaurants was dirtier than toilet water. The 12-year-old collected ice samples from five restaurants in South Florida -- from both self-serve machines inside the restaurant and from drive-thru windows. She then collected toilet water samples from the same restaurants and tested all of them for bacteria at the University of South Florida. In several cases, the ice tested positive for E. coli bacteria, which comes from human waste and has been linked to several illness outbreaks across the country."

URL: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=consumer&id=3925577
Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on February 28, 2006 | News

High-Performing After-School Programs Share Five Common Characteristics

"Recent research echoes what the after-school field has found over the course of the past decade, that after-school programs can contribute to increased student achievement. But, perhaps most interesting, the study found that after-school programs that helped lead to improved achievement don't necessarily focus on academics. According to the study, successful after-school programs do not replicate the school day. Instead, these after-school programs are safety zones where students received homework help and were able to explore new ideas and interests. And students were able to develop long-term supportive relationships with adults and peers."

URL: http://www.sedl.org/pubs/fam107/fam107.pdf
Referred by: PEN Weekly Newsblast
Posted by wrivenburgh on February 28, 2006 | Research

YouthLearn Seeks Input on Curriculum

The team at YouthLearn has been working for some time to explore the best ways to integrate technology and media into afterschool learning. Last year we launched a new section of the website as part of our work with SEDL and the Mott Foundation that showcased a number of model afterschool programs:

http://www.youthlearn.org/afterschool

Now we're specifically exploring how afterschool programs are using and/or adapting curricula to serve their programmatic needs.

URL: http://mailman.edc.org/pipermail/youthlearn/2006/002481.html
Posted by tstreit on February 28, 2006 | YouthLearn Updates

YouthLearn's "The Soil Around Us" Project

The environment, environmental protection, animal and plant life, natural systems and life cycles make up common themes in children's schoolwork, in the literature and media they are exposed to and in their personal lives. "The Soil Around Us" project introduces collaborative reading, writing and groupwork processes, such as brainstorming, labeling, mapping and storyboarding. Computer-based activities emphasize multimedia skills, such as creating and editing drawings, photos and text, and introduce basic Internet navigation skills.

URL: http://www.youthlearn.org/learning/activities/inter/soil_project/overview.html
Posted by wrivenburgh on February 28, 2006 | Activities

Be the Change! Programme - Small Scale grants for Youth-led Projects

"Peace Child International has created the "Be the Change!" Programme (BTC!) to support young people to get involved in local community action and development projects. Peace Child encourages young people to BE THE CHANGE they want to see in their communities and to make it possible we created a small scale grant programme for youth-led projects...If you are below 25 years old and have a project that concentrates on the development of your community at a local level, take a deep look in the requirements for the grant programme and submit your proposal to Peace Child International... The deadline for applications to the Be the Change! Grants is on Friday March 31st."

URL: http://www.peacechild.org
Referred by: Young People's Media Network
Posted by hchung on February 28, 2006 | Funding

February 27, 2006

Afterschool Time: Choices, Challenges, and New Directions

MOSAIC: An EDC Report Series, Winter 2006

"EDC recently convened a panel of leaders in the afterschool movement to discuss the challenges facing the field, including three EDC staff members and one of our key partners... The four panelists engaged in a wide-ranging discussion on a variety of topics, including staffing and professional development, research and evaluation, the role of afterschool programs, and directions for the future." Tony Streit, YouthLearn director, participated in this roundtable discussion to share YouthLearn's insight about the afterschool movement.

URL: http://main.edc.org/Mosaic/Mosaic11/toc.asp
Posted by hchung on February 27, 2006 | YouthLearn Updates

February 14, 2006

HP Technology for Community Grant Initiative

"The HP Technology for Community Grant Initiative is designed to provide technology tools to nonprofit organizations to enhance their effectiveness and to support the innovative use of mobile technology. In 2006, HP will award up to 100 organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico an HP wireless technology package valued at approximately $17,000." Application available: Feb. 27, 2006. Deadline: March 22, 2006.

URL: http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/grants/us/programs/tech_community/
Posted by wrivenburgh on February 14, 2006 | Funding

Huge Collection of Arts and Crafts Projects

In honor of Valentine's Day and the other 364 days of the year that kids enjoy using their imaginations, we've identified this giant collection of arts and crafts projects at the FamilyFun website. You can browse more than 1000 projects by holiday, age, and more--as well as review ratings and comments by other users. Craft activities are geared for toddlers up to 12-year olds and designed for the home, classroom, or out of doors.

URL: http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/
Posted by wrivenburgh on February 14, 2006 | Activities

February 13, 2006

"Where the Girls Aren't" is in Kids' Films

"The "G" in family movie ratings clearly doesn't stand for "girl-power." Researchers at the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Southern California studied 101 kids' flicks and found that they predominantly feature males in key, supporting and even "crowd" roles: three of four characters are male, and fewer than one in three of speaking roles overall belongs to a female."

URL: http://www.dadsanddaughters.org
Referred by: A Connect for Kids Newsletter
Posted by hchung on February 13, 2006 | Research

Experts to students: Watch what you post

"Much has been made of the danger of posting too much personal information on web sites such as MySpace.com, where millions of people--including online child predators--can, in seconds, find out where ..."

"With the rise in social networking sites such as MySpace.com, experts are warning that students need to exercise more discretion in what they post about themselves online. Besides the obvious danger of posting personally identifying information, they say, the potential exists for embarrassing information to come back to bite students later in life when they apply for college or a job."

URL: http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showstoryts.cfm?Articleid=6104
Referred by: eSchool News
Posted by hchung on February 13, 2006 | News

TECH TEACHES

"Once thought to corrode reading skills, computers are a key tool in improving them."

By Grace Rubenstein

"Technology promises to play a crucial role in helping adolescents cope with reading and writing deficits, while at the same time teaching digital literacy -- an essential skill in the world beyond school."

URL: http://www.edutopia.org/1449
Referred by: Edutopia News
Posted by hchung on February 13, 2006 | News

Eye on Research: Media Literacy & Core Curriculum

"Recently published in Threshold, Cable in the Classroom's quarterly journal for education leaders, this article by Nellie Gregorian of the Michael Cohen Group details initial results of the evaluation of AMLA's pilot project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Called "Media Literacy & Core Curriculum," the article discusses early findings about teachers' successful integration of media literacy and the arts into core curriculum areas."

URL: http://www.amlainfo.org/home/doe-media-arts/evaluation
Referred by: The AMLA Update
Posted by hchung on February 13, 2006 | Research

Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Youth Action Guide

TakingITGlobal's page on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
"We are the first generation that can end poverty - we're glad you're here to learn how. No matter what your level of understanding, this site offers you many ways to get involved through action. Now get started! Play the MDG card game, send MDG e-cards, submit artwork and writing, discuss the MDGs in our discussion boards, or tell us about what you are contributing to end worldwide poverty. Plus, find useful resources to download like an action guide and a youth-written policy paper. We can change the world - but only with your voice!"

Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Campaign Kit: Youth Action Guide
http://www.takingitglobal.org/themes/mdg/campaign_kit.html

URL: http://mdg.takingitglobal.org or http://www.takingitglobal.org/themes/mdg/campaign_kit.html
Referred by: Young People's Media Network
Posted by hchung on February 13, 2006 | Resources

February 06, 2006

Study: 'Power Users' drive pedagogy- Research suggests tech-savvy students are having an impact in the classroom

"A new survey of teachers and instructors at the high school and post-secondary levels has found that students who excel in the use of information and communications technology (ICT) are driving change in classroom instruction...Dubbed "Power Users," these ultra tech-savvy students have a growing influence over what--and how--teachers now teach, the survey said."

"Power Users, as defined by EDC, are the savviest of the "digital natives," a demographic of 10- to 15-year-old students who have grown up with digital technology as a part of their everyday lives."

URL: http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=6087
Referred by: eSchool News
Posted by hchung on February 06, 2006 | Research