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+ Child Trends Reports Assist Out-of-School Time Program Providers
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August 28, 2007

More Than Just the Facts, Ma'am: YouthLearn's Interviewing Project

Thinking ahead to the new year of afterschool? Check out YouthLearn's interviewing project: There's no better way to learn than by talking to people. Even if you're not a reporter, everyone needs good interviewing skills, whether it's to find the answer to a question or to get a job. Interviewing isn't something you can just rush into, however. Kids need preparation, practice and coaching. This project teaches kids how to conduct an effective interview, then sends them out to talk to people in your center or neighborhood and create a Web page to tell the story. This example covers the entire process once as a model, and we suggest that you do the same. Once you've completed the entire project in the demonstration phase, do another with the same steps, but let the kids pick their own interview subjects and topics, and give them more time to research and create their pages.

URL: http://www.youthlearn.org/learning/activities/thinking/interview.html
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 28, 2007 | Activities

Helping Our Children with Disabilities Succeed: What's Broadband got to do with it?

"The second in a series on how broadband benefits children, this issue brief examines how children with disabilities use broadband and other technologies. The report concludes that while technology gives children with special needs new opportunities, they are substantially less likely than their peers without disabilities to have access to computers, the Internet, and accessible and assistive technology." This issue brief by Jessica Rothschuh and April KirkHart with Wendy Lazarus was published in July 2007 by the Children's Partnership.

URL: http://www.childrenspartnership.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Reports1&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=11344
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 28, 2007 | Resources

'So You Think You Can Dance' Teams with LA's BEST

"Since August 5th, 100 staff members from LA's BEST (Better Educated Students for Tomorrow) have been students in the first-ever "So You Think You Can Dance" Los Angeles workshop. Top choreographers from the hit FOX summer television show are giving back to the community by teaching dance to the staff members, who plan to take their newfound dance skills to students from some of the city's most challenged neighborhoods.

The creators, choreographers and judges on the show, including Executive Producer/ Choreographer Nigel Lythgoe, are teaching LA's BEST staff the latest moves in hip-hop, disco and ballroom dance. This six-week workshop will culminate in a grand finale performance by the top LA's BEST staff dancers on September 16."

URL: http://www.lasbest.org/program/events.php#32
Referred by: Afterschool Advocate
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 28, 2007 | News

Child Trends Reports Assist Out-of-School Time Program Providers

This year Child Trends, a respected nonprofit, nonpartisan research center, has produced a number of reports and research briefs of interest to educators working in out-of-school time programs. They include: "Improving Attendance and Retention in Out-of-School Time Programs"; "Building, Engaging, and Supporting Family and Parental Involvement in Out-of-School Time Programs"; "A 10-Step Guide to Adopting and Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices in Out-of-School Time Programs"; "Assessing the Mental Health of Adolescents: A Guide For Out-of-School Time Program Practitioners"; "Enhancing Cultural Competence in Out-of-School Time Programs: What Is It and Why Is It Important?"; "Logic Models in Out-of-School Time Programs."

URL: http://www.childtrends.org/_listRB.cfm?LID=4248444D-4BC4-49DB-B9CAE91EF7CCC712#Research-to-Results
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 28, 2007 | Resources

Digital Place-based Storytelling

"Here's a high student-engagement project being promoted by long-time MiddleWeb friend and teacher-innovator Brenda Dyck, also the author of a popular technology integration column for NMSA's Middle Ground magazine... 'Digital placed-based storytelling (also called StoryMapping) uses an easy online digital mapping tool like Google Maps or Community Walk and combines it with narrative to produce a learning product that helps the student make a connection between the past and present and understand how community shapes who we are.' The student identifies a place that has meaning for them, locates it on a web-based map, adds place markers, and writes short 'memory narratives' for each marker."

URL: http://www.rebooting.ca/place/
Referred by: Middleweb
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 28, 2007 | Activities

Study of Community-Based and Faith-Based Youth Workers

"The National Collaboration for Youth, Search Institute and American Camp Association have been exploring whether there is common ground between how we might prepare youth workers that work in faith-based and youth development organizations. What has emerged is a remarkable degree of alignment around many professional development priorities with important exceptions that leave room for unique accents and learning across differences. And, though there is widespread interest in collaborative learning across sectors, there are also significant barriers, ranging from priorities for youth workers, and most significantly, mistrust and misunderstanding across the sectors. Is There Common Ground shares the learning from two web-based surveys, a series of focus groups and a two-day consultation of thought leaders and recommendations for work that can be dome going forward."

URL: http://www.nydic.org/nydic/staffing/workforce/istherecommonground.html
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 28, 2007 | Research

Grants for Afterschool and Community Projects

"Hamburger Helper is sponsoring My Hometown Helper grants to help fund community projects such as books for literacy programs, playground equipment, and tutoring programs. Awards will be based on the merit of the project as well as its impact and support within the community. Applicants can request a one-time award ranging from $500 to $15,000. The application deadline is September 30."

URL: http://www.myhometownhelper.com/LearnMore.aspx
Referred by: Afterschool Alliance
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 28, 2007 | Funding

August 07, 2007

Beats the Heck Out of School: Producing Music - and Entrepreneurs

"A former industrial building in San Francisco’s Mission District is headquarters for the DJ Project, an after-school and summer program for teenagers and young adults sponsored by the San Francisco youth-development organization Horizons Unlimited. Every year since 2000, about one hundred students have passed through these halls to their classes in audio production, DJ-ing, and break dancing. The program, funded primarily through the San Francisco Department of Public Health's Inhalant Prevention Program, uses hip-hop as a means to teach students critical-thinking, technology, and business skills; nurture their passion for music; and, most importantly, help them steer clear of drugs and other pitfalls of an inner city childhood.... administrators at the DJ Project aim to do more than simply teach music skills. It is, in effect, a vocational program -- an artistic one, but a vocational program nonetheless. Administrators and instructors believe students should graduate thinking of themselves not just as artists but as entrepreneurs as well."

URL: http://www.edutopia.org/producing-music-entrepreneurs
Referred by: Edutopia News
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 07, 2007 | Resources

The Disney Minnie Grants 2007 - 2nd round

"The Walt Disney Company and Youth Service America are pleased to announce grants of up to $500 to support youth-led service projects. These grants support youth (ages 5-14) in planning and implementing service projects in their community. Teachers, older youth (15-25), youth-leaders, and youth-serving organizations are also eligible to apply, provided that they that engage younger youth... Service can take place between October 1 and November 26, 2007. Projects can address themes such as the environment, disaster relief, public health and awareness, community education, hunger, literacy, or any issue that youth identify as a community need.... Applications are welcome from all countries, though applications will only be accepted in English." Receipt deadline: August 30, 2007.

URL: http://ysa.org/AwardsGrants/DisneyMinnieGrant20072ndRound/tabid/244/Default.aspx
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 07, 2007 | Funding

Interview with Youth of the Global Challenge 2007 Winning Team

"Team Innovatech, the 2007 winner of the Global Challenge competition, identified a technology that converts factory emissions into energy and devised a plan to take that technology global." In Global Challenge, "teams of US high school students collaborate with international counterparts from October to May to address global climate change and compete for over $60,000 in awards. Students strengthen skills in math, science, engineering, and critical thinking, while learning about global business practices." The young people on Team Innovatech field questions about the science and their experience at the Cogito website. Global Challenge is now an ITEST (Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) project, funded by the National Science Foundation.

URL: http://www.cogito.org/Interviews/InterviewsDetail.aspx?ContentID=16791
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 07, 2007 | Resources

Public wants more tech in classrooms

"Americans understand that fundamental changes must be made to the U.S. educational system if the country is to remain competitive in the 21st century, a report released July 26 by Cisco Systems finds. Americans especially realize the importance of adopting information technology to upgrade schools, connect communities, and improve educational content, the report suggests--but they're often conflicted about how to implement these changes. Zogby International conducted the survey of more than 7,000 Americans, titled 'Education Attitudes 2007,' back in May. The majority of respondents said technology is an important factor in connecting schools to their communities, as well as in leveling the playing field among more and less affluent schools by providing equal access to educational content."

URL: http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=7268&page=1
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 07, 2007 | News

Making an Impact Through Youth Media

"Helping young people express themselves through media -- including new technologies -- can be a powerful strategy for youth development. The latest Youth Worker News from the National Youth Development Information Center offers case studies of programs using youth media, curricula and guides, and funding tools for programs. "

URL: http://www.nydic.org/nydic/programming/MakinganImpactThroughMedia.htm
Referred by: Connect for Kids
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 07, 2007 | Resources

Afterschool Can Support Teacher Recruitment, Retention

"While student enrollment is rising, schools across the country are facing a critical shortage of teachers. A new MetLife-Afterschool Alliance issue brief, 'Afterschool: A Powerful Path to Teacher Recruitment and Retention,' explores this vital issue and the role that afterschool programs can play in bringing new teachers to the field and keeping those already in the classroom. The issue brief is one of a series sponsored by the MetLife Foundation that will address the benefits afterschool programs provide to children, families and communities."

URL: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/issue_briefs/issue_teach_recruit_28.pdf
Referred by: Afterschool Advocate
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 07, 2007 | Resources

Low-income Children Need Summer Learning, Study Finds

"New research underscores the importance of the summer learning programs that many afterschool programs organize and run. In 'Lasting Consequences of the Summer Learning Gap,' released this spring, Johns Hopkins University sociologists Karl Alexander, Doris Entwisle and Linda Steffel Olson find that the difference in children’s academic success can be explained, in large part, by their summer activities. The study concludes that two-thirds of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities."

URL: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/advocate/PDFS/Issue_8-7_FINAL.pdf
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 07, 2007 | Research

YouthPower Grants

"The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and Youth Service America (YSA) are pleased to announce YouthPower grants of up to $1,000 to support youth-led service projects. These grants support youth in foster care (ages 5-18) and youth who have recently transitioned out of foster care (ages 19-25) in planning and implementing service projects in their community. Youth-serving organizations that have prior experience in working with youth in the foster care system are eligible to apply, provided that they that engage foster youth in planning and implementing a service project. Service projects will take place as part of Global Youth Service Day on April 25-27, 2008.... Receipt deadline: October 1, 2007."

URL: http://www.YSA.org/awards
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 07, 2007 | Funding