The Afterschool Advisor
September 2016
21st Century Grants Now Taking Proposals
The Iowa 21st Century Community Learning Centers FY17 RFA has been released. Funds are allotted through a competitive peer review process. To find out more about the grant, go to the Iowa Department of Education website here.

The Iowa Department of Education will be hosting several workshops for potential applicants. The following events are open to the public: 
  • Thursday, September 22, 2016; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.; Davenport, Iowa, Modern Woodmen Park, 209 S. Gaines St.
  • Friday, October 7, 2016; 10:00 a.m. - Noon; West Des Moines, Iowa, West Des Moines Schools Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway
  • Friday, October 14, 2016; 10:00 a.m. - Noon; Atlantic, Iowa, Cass County Center, 705 Walnut St. 
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2016; 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.; Webinar accessible via this link: and call in at 1-800-444-2801 passcode 2895301

Reviewers and Facilitators Needed!

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant competition relies on citizen reviewers and facilitators to ensure the highest quality applications are funded. This is a great learning experience for afterschool and summer providers, as well as others in the youth development field. Please consider serving as a reviewer or facilitator!  


Reviewer/Facilitator Expectations 

Reviewer/Facilitator Application  

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Join us for the 2017 Summit on Advancing Academic and Social Outcomes for Iowa Children and Youth

OCTOBER 20, 2016; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Using the release of a statewide report on afterschool and summer programming in Iowa as a framework, attendees will discuss topics to advance academic and social outcomes for Iowa children and youth through small and large group discussion, as well as hear from influential leaders on these topics.

Invited Keynote 
Jodi Grant, Executive Director, Afterschool Alliance 
Student Performances by Movement515 

Tentative Summit Agenda
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks - Iowa Afterschool Alliance Strategic Leadership Team
  • Keynote Presentation - Jodi Grant, Afterschool Alliance
  • Response Panel of state leaders on youth and education
  • Small Group Discussion around key issues
  • Breakout Sessions focusing on administrative and programmatic topics
  • Youth Performance
Save the Date for IAA Legislative Events in 2017!
Attend a legislative event at the Iowa Capitol hosted by the Iowa Afterschool Alliance in 2017 to show lawmakers your love for afterschool! The IAA will host an Afterschool Snack the afternoon of Valentine's Day, Tuesday, February 14, then a legislative breakfast on the morning of Wednesday, February 15. More details regarding these events will be released in the coming months.

Iowa Afterschool Alliance Afterschool Snack Afterschool Snack: Valentine's Day, Tuesday, February 14; 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Come show your love for afterschool and bring your program youth! The IAA will coordinate Capitol tours and provide a snack for all in attendance.

IAA Legislative Breakfast: Wednesday, February 15; 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. Visit with your legislators about the importance of afterschool and meet your fellow afterschool advocates in the Legislative Dining Room on the ground floor of the Capitol. Iowa Afterschool Alliance staff will be on-hand to help you meet with your legislators.
Fall Mentoring Conference October 3

Monday, October 3, 2016
8:00 am- 4:30 pm 

Fred Maytag II Scout Center
6123 Scout Trail
Des Moines 50321

  • 8:00 AM, Check In
  • 8:30-10:30 AM, Data 2.0: Logic Models Paul Thelen, Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center
  • 8:30-9:30 AM, DNA of Successful Relationships Kristin Howard, The National Mentoring Partnership 
  • 9:30-10:30 AM, ACES: How Adverse Childhood Experiences Affect The Mentoring Relationship Sarah Walker, BBBS of the Mississippi Valley
  • 10:45-11:45 AM, Work/Life Balance Tom Farley, Employee and Family Resources 
  • Lunch, Utilizing annual marketing and advocacy campaigns
  • 12:30-4:30 PM,Search Institute's  Developmental Relationships:  Creating Connections That Help Kids Thrive Jim Conway, Search Institute
Register online here.
Report Highlights Importance of Afterschool in Communities of Poverty
This report from the Afterschool Alliance's America After 3PM research shows how afterschool can help alleviate the inequalities faced in some of America's highest need communities. Check out the research on the Afterschool Alliance's America After 3PM webpage
Summer Works! Report Shows Impact of Summer
The largest-ever study of summer learning finds that students with high attendance in free, five to six-week, voluntary summer learning programs experienced educationally meaningful benefits in math and reading. Read the entire report from the Wallace Foundation online here.
2016 National Youth Development Symposium

Programs working with older youth may be interested in this professional development opportunity hosted by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals October 31 through November 2, 2016 in Chicago, IL.

Workshops offered include:
  • Improving Program Outcomes 
  • Serving the Needs of Priority Populations 
  • Strengthening Career Development 
  • Improving Employer Engagement 
  • Leadership and Personal Development
Find out more and register online here.  
Lights On Afterschool is October 20!
While the Iowa Afterschool Alliance is celebrating Lights On Afterschool with a Summit, you can do your own party of activity focused on bringing awareness to the importance of afterschool and summer programming in Iowa.

Lights on Afterschool is a national celebration of afterschool held each year in October. The Afterschool Alliance has some great ideas for how you can celebrate Lights On in your own community or program. Visit their website here.  
Follow IAA on Facebook for Latest Updates
Facebook Follow the Iowa Afterschool Alliance on Facebook at for the latest updates on the Every Student Succeeds Act (formerly No Child Left Behind), PD opportunities, IAA activities, and grant opportunities. Expect an update on an issue of interest every day! You can also follow us on Twitter by following @iowaafterschool.
SEDL Resources for Afterschool
Looking for resources on how to run a high-quality program? SEDL, an affiliate of the American Institutes for Research, has no-cost resources on lesson plans, practitioners' guides, and training toolkits. Visit the National Center for Quality Afterschool here:  
Professional Development Opportunities
Out of School Time Professional Development Center
The Out of School Time Professional Development Center provides Out of School Time training to OST professionals. The classes provide in-depth curriculum and certificates. If you or your staff are interested in signing up for courses visit the Out-of-School Time website. Check out the entire course catalog here
Great Content on Y4Y!
You 4 Youth is a free online professional development site that is designed to support 21CCLC program staff, but is a valuable tool for any afterschool professional looking to build their skills! Recently, Y4Y has rolled out a whole module on literacy. Click here to register.

Afterschool Alliance Webinars
The Afterschool Alliance offers webinars on a wide range of topics, from policy and the new Every Student Succeeds Act, to STEM and Social-Emotional Learning. Find out more on their webinars website.

Iowa Child Care Training Registry
Find professional development for school-age programming on the State of Iowa Child Care Training Registry on topics ranging from health and safety to developmentally appropriate programming. Find out more online

Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children Early Care and Education Fall Institute
September 29-October 1, 2016; Altoona, IA
This conference is a great professional development opportunity for afterschool leaders and staff that serve early elementary grades.

Topics of interest for school-age afterschool and summer providers include:
  • Grant Writing
  • Active Investigation
  • Supporting Dual Language Learners
  • Powerful Mentoring Interactions
  • Poverty Simulation
  • Family Engagement
  • Teaching Science through Inquiry
  • Much More!
A registration book has just been released!  Read it here. 

Iowa Mentoring Partnership Fall Mentoring Conference
October 3, 2016; Des Moines, IA
Learn about utilizing logic models, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and more!

Register online here.

NAWDP 2016 Youth Development Symposium
October 31 - November 2, 2016; Chicago, IL
Focus on serving high-need youth through career development and skill building.

Register online here.

Beyond School Hours Conference

February 22 - 25, 2017; Atlanta, GA
Get big ideas for immediate results. Take home skills, tools and a renewed passion for improving learning outcomes for young people across the entire day.

For more information and to register, visit the conference website at

National AfterSchool Association Convention

March 19 - 22, 2017; Dallas, TX
NAA's Annual Convention delivers exceptional learning and networking opportunities for every participant. With inspirational keynote speakers, more than 150 engaging workshops and unique networking events, Convention is the premier event for afterschool and out-of-school time professionals. - See more at:

For more information and to register, visit the convention website at

Iowa Impact After School Conference
Save the Date! April 27 & 28, 2017; Des Moines