The Afterschool Advisor
May 2017
Impact 2017 a Success!
Impact After School Conference logo SAVE THE DATE FOR IMPACT 2018!

Nearly 200 afterschool professionals came together April 26 - 28, 2017 to enjoy great workshops and networking in Des Moines. We're excited to host this great event the same time next year, so mark your calendars for Impact 2018 April 25 - 27, 2018!


Building an Inclusive Community Training
YouthPort of Cedar Rapids, a collaboration of the Boys and Girls Clubs, Young Parents Network, and Tanager Place, is hosting a multi-cultural awareness and diversity training on Wednesday, June 21 in Cedar Rapids.

This training opportunity focuses on bringing education and awareness to providers who work with diverse populations in Iowa. The information provided in this training will include topics such as:
  • Immigration statistics and trends
  • Rules and regulations for refugees and others
  • Implicit bias training
  • African population and views on mental health
  • Ways to empower African American girls
  • Working with the Hispanic population
  • And more!

For a flyer on the training, click here.  

Register online here.
At-Risk Youth and Character Education Training
The Ray Center at Drake University is offering a discounted training on at-risk youth and character in Avoca and Des Moines in July. The sessions are upbeat and fun-filled interactive character education workshops for individuals and programs working with
at-risk youth (ages 10-18+)! Some of the topics covered include:
  • Ethical decision-making
  • Emotion Control
  • Drug & Alcohol intervention
  • Facilitation
  • Experiential Learning and "The Teachable Moment"
  • Coaching and Mentoring

For a flyer on the training, click here.  


To register online, visit the Ray Center website.  

Enrichment Grants Opportunity
The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. The Foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students' knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them.

To find out more and to apply online, please visit their website at
New Report Highlights Need for and Impact of OST
The Iowa Afterschool Alliance has released a key, statewide report on afterschool and summer learning titled the State of Afterschool and Summer Programming in Iowa. Released officially on October 20, 2016, at the Summit on Advancing Academic and Social Outcomes for Iowa Children and Youth, the report details current youth and community issues in Iowa and how afterschool and summer programming can help mitigate some of these issues.

Also included in the report are program profiles from across the state and a report on what afterschool and summer programming currently looks like statewide. Read it online on the Iowa Afterschool Alliance website at
New Publication Series on Summer
The National Summer Learning Association has released its first issue in a series of publications on summer learning across the country called SPARK! The first issue explores the six key elements of successful systems for summer learning, including data management and leadership. Read the first issue online 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

NAA Talk Tuesday PD Resources
Talk Tuesday provides afterschool professionals with the resources to host relevant discussions among peers, colleagues, staff, or community leaders. If you are looking to connect with afterschool professionals in your area or engage your staff with relevant topics, Talk Tuesday will provide the materials for you.

Find out more on their website here.

Building an Inclusive Community
June 21, 2017; Cedar Rapids, IA
Join other youth-serving professionals for this inclusiveness and diversity workshop in Cedar Rapids.

Register online here

At-Risk Youth and Character Education
July 2017; Avoca and Des Moines, IA
This training presented by the Ray Center at Drake University will cover topics including emotional control, teachable moments, drug and alcohol prevention, and much more!

To register online, go to the Ray Center website.  
NSLA Summer Changes Everything Conference
October 23 - 25, 2017; Phoenix, AZ
This national conference on afterschool and summer learning brings together over 1,000 of the nation's top thinkers to share and discuss the partnerships, policies and programs that are breaking down traditional notions of when and where learning occurs.

For more information, visit the Summer Changes Everything website