Happy New Year! We hope you are back to work and refreshed from your holiday break and ready to finish out the second half of the school year in style.
The holidays are always a time of reflection and gratitude for me knowing that I am fortunate to work with such great team members here at BOOST and support the exemplary work that you do in the field. We are re-energized and busy creating professional development opportunities to enhance your programs. Please let us know how we can continue to support you and your team.
Thank you for all the work you do to support
children, youth, families, and communities,
Meet the BOOST Leadership Team
The 2013 BOOST Conference would like to announce it's BOOST Leadership Team...
(from left to right, top to bottom)
- Ashley Girodo
- Christina Quattrocchi
- Karen Cantrell
- Tia Quinn
- Stesha Moore-Pavich
- Jim Stephens
- Mark Blackshear
- Alex Cameron
- Sunny Im
- Kara Allen Soldati
- Christina Hale-Nardi
- Wissam Sabbagha
- Mary Jo Ginty
- Michelle R. Perrenoud
- Becky Schultz
- Ginger Crutchfield
For more information and full bios on the BOOST Leadership Team click here.
Chula Vista Middle School
The Elves Workshop is a large community/school event hosted by Club Teen Connection staff at Chula Vista Middle School. Volunteers give their time to give back to the community that provides them all with jobs and students. This is their way to support their community of students and their parents during the holiday season. The Club Teen Connection staff asks a large variety of community members, such as firefighters, parents, and past principles, to sit and help the students make simple craft projects for the holidays. All of the students are asked to pay $1.00 to make each project. Many of the students use this opportunity to make Christmas Gifts for their family or friends. Knowing that they are gifts, many students spend a large amount of time on each project making sure it is just "perfect" to give to their loved one as a gift.
It is a true blessing to see over 1,000 students come through our doors on this day excited and happy to make gifts. It is also beneficial for our volunteers to see our students as just "children" who want to make a special gift for those they care the most for. Most of the volunteers are truly surprised by the behavior and attitude of the students. Throughout the event, many volunteers give compliments about the students. This activity actively helps break down the "STEROTYPE" middle school students have among our community. It also gives our students the opportunity to have conversations with other people from around the community they normally would never talk to. It works both ways and all involved have a blessed day.
For more information on Chula Vista Middle School please click here.
Adiana is a Step Up School Success Advocate for freshman students at Franklin High School in Portland, OR. A School Success Advocate is responsible for a group around 15 students in an extended academic day program 4 days a week after school. There are 5 roles of an advocate are mentor, tutor, advocate, family partner, and teacher partner. The roles of parent and teacher partner are important to keep the lines of communication open in all directions so the student has a successful freshman year of high school.
Each day after school the students come to Step Up and we start with a check-in question or activity. In Adiana's group, this ranges from a journal question, trivia question, or word search race, where the winner wins their favorite candy. Then the students are required to work on their homework for the remainder of the time. If they need any assistance on their homework, Adiana is there to help them. As a mentor and tutor, the students can come to Adiana about anything, whether it's personal or academic.
When Adiana was a kid herself, she knew that she wanted to work with kids. She has a passion for helping youth any way she can. She leads her students and families with her patience, maturity, and genuine caring. Adiana knows who she is and is firmly rooted in her work with youth.
San Diego, CA
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From Vision to Reality: Your Health, Your Choice - Celebrating Employee Wellness at the Elk Grove Unified School District
You are invited to participate in a no-cost school employee wellness webinar titled, "From Vision to Reality: Your Health, Your Choice - Celebrating Employee Wellness at the Elk Grove Unified School District."
Elk Grove USD is located near Sacramento, CA. The webinar will address elements including:
- Why an employee wellness program?
- Planning and implementing an employee wellness program.
- Components of EGUSD's program.
- Incorporating a negotiated wellness rebate into an employee wellness program.
- Building partnerships.
- Engaging employees through communications.
- Challenges and barriers.
- Measuring the success of the program.
Date: January 29 (Tuesday), 2013
Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. (PST)
The webinar is sponsored by the California Department of Public Health in partnership with the Elk Grove Unified School District.
Click here to register for the webinar.
Hurry and register today. There are only 199 vacant spots!
This is a great game for groups of all sizes (best if larger than 10, but can be played with smaller groups if you reduce the size of the playable space). Easy and quick way to get a group of folks having fun together and getting energy in the room, and can also spark conversation and "deeper" reflection.
Activity time: 10 - 20 min
Grade level: 6 - Adult
Group size: Small Group, Large Group
Environment: Anywhere, Any Space
To get participants to reflect on the costs of becoming attached to a specific outcome without regularly evaluating outcomes and methods. To energize a group and/or get a group of strangers interacting and "breaking the ice" immediately.
Materials needed: None
Tell students to tag each other only with one hand (two hands leads to people getting pushed down by accident). Also, they should only tag between the neck and waist, in a manner that "doesn't hurt, disrespect, or make the other person uncomfortable."
Student leaders can also be "referees" to kick off discussions. They can also easily be taught to facilitate the activity themselves. Either way, do not TELL anybody "the answers/message." There is no right answer/interpretation, and participants should come to them on their own. To do otherwise is falling into the same trap the activity represents.
Have participants clear the floor of any loose objects. Also make sure any fragile items are outside of the activity boundaries and cannot be run into or broken.
1. Have participants get in pairs, designating one partner "A," and the other "B."
2. Tell them the rules: They are about to play "one-on-one tag." Just them and their partner (they are not playing with anybody else in the room). You will count down from 10, and partner B can get away from A, while A stays still. When you yell "Go!" A will be "it," trying to tag B. If they successfully tag B, then B becomes "it" and will chase A, but must spin in a circle and count to 10 before doing so. If A is tagged, they must do the same before chasing B again. Tag game will continue until you yell "STOP!" (about 5-10 minutes into the game, once energy is dying down).
3. Play the game and note the chaos (people using each other as "shields", bumping into each other, knocking over chairs, etc.).
4. When game is over, DEBRIEF:
5. Ask "what just happened?" Allow volunteers to describe the game and chaos that occurred. After a few have spoken, dig deeper into "why" it went the way it did.
6. Have participants draw comparisons between the game and "real life" when they were so attached to a specific outcome/goal that they treated other people as "obstacles" or lost sight of the bigger picture and the consequences of their choices. Best if compared to a specific situation that is common to the group, or an upcoming event/activity that the group may be about to engage in.
7. End debrief on positive, constructive note - asking "what can we do to keep this from happening when we are focused on a specific goal?"
For younger students, this can be a great lead-in to teaching sportsmanship. Older students can talk about academic stress/pressure and over-focusing on that. Educators can discuss how we lose sight of individual students' needs at times while over-focusing on outcomes. Feel free to change the "message" to be about something more specific/pertinent to the group. Also can be used, without a debrief, as a quick, fun warm-up activity or icebreaker with a group of strangers
High Tech Middle School
San Diego, CA
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Funding and Grant Opportunities
Deadline: January 31, 2013
Edwyna Wheadon Postgraduate Training Scholarship funds will provide funding for professional development experiences for English/Language Arts teachers in public educational institutions. The purpose of the scholarship is to support postgraduate training to enhance teaching skills and/or career development in teaching.
The scholarship shall consist of $500 (or more, depending upon interest generated, rounded to the nearest $100) and shall be made once annually. Scholarship payments will be issued directly to any of the following-accredited, degree-granting public and private two-year junior and community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and graduate and professional schools-on behalf of the recipient and may be used toward degree or non-degree courses Mantis Tiller Award
Deadline: March 7, 2013
NGA will select 25 outstanding applicants to receive Mantis tillers/cultivators. Any non-profit garden program may apply. In the past, winners have included schools, churches, correctional facilities, parks departments, youth camps, community gardens, and many others. These are groups turning minimal resources into bountiful gardens with far-reaching benefits, from increasing their community's access to fresh nutritious foods to educating the public about the importance of gardening in our nation's history. 25 programs will each receive a Mantis Tiller/Cultivator with border/edger and kickstand, and their choice of gas-powered 2-cycle engine or electric motor.
Toshiba America Foundation
Do you teach 6-12 science or math? Do you have a wish list of instructional equipment that will make learning more exciting for your students? If the answer is yes to these questions, Toshiba America Foundation would like to hear from you. Grade 6-12 applications for $5,000 or less are accepted on a rolling basis, throughout the calendar year. Grants requests of more than $5,000 are reviewed twice a year. Applications for grants of more than $5,00 are due August 1st and February 1st each year.
To see more funding opportunities, click here
|BOOST Gear Shop
The BOOST Collaborative Gear Shop is the perfect place to find a gift for that inspiring person in your life. All proceeds benefit the BOOST Conference Scholarship. A purchase from the BOOST Gear Shop is truly the gift that keeps on giving.
To purchase your own BOOST Gear, visit the Gear Shop.
2011 Annual Report-- Picturing Success: The Transformative Power of Afterschool
The Mott Foundation's 2011 Annual Report takes an in-depth look at our commitment to increasing the quality and availability of afterschool programming, including our long-standing partnership with the federal government on the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative. The publication includes: a narrative section that showcases five afterschool programs in communities across the country, and a message from President and CEO William S. White, in which he points out that the time spent before and afterschool can form an important "foundation for learning" for many students. White also expresses concern that federal funding for afterschool programs could end up on the chopping block, given worries over how to cut national spending.
To read this research, please visit Charles Mott Foundation here.
Grandparents Living With Children:
State-Level Data From the American Community Survey
In recent years, increasing numbers of grandparents in the U.S. are living with their grandchildren, and many grandparents are responsible for their care. These trends can be attributed to a number of factors, including increasing numbers of single-parent families, continued high rates of marriage dissolution, parents' incarceration, parental substance abuse, and difficult economic circumstances.1 In addition, situations that have long accounted for some care by grandparents are parents' death or serious disability, parental abuse or neglect, and family/cultural preference.
This brief examines recent trends, national and for each state, associated with grandparents who live with grandchildren, based on data from the American Community Survey.
To read this research, please visit Child Trends here.
State Estimates of Adolescent Cigarette Use and Perceptions of Risk from Smoking: 2009 and 2010
This issue of The NSDUH Report uses data from the combined 2009 and 2010 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUHs) to present State (including the District of Columbia) estimates of past month cigarette use and perceptions of great risk. smoking one or more packs of cigarettes per day among persons aged 12 to 17.4,5 These estimates are rank ordered from highest to lowest and divided into quintiles (fifths).6 Additionally, the combined 2009-2010 data are compared with combined 2002 and 2003 data to examine changes in these measures over time.
To read this research, please visit Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration here.
Fact of the Month
Did you know?
It's been said that the US is lagging behind other global superpowers in educating its workforce. This infographic tells you how much is spent on education and which fields are the most popular.
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BOOST Boot Camp
Preparing your staff with the necessary tools needed to be successful prior to working on site is essential. The BOOST Boot Camp offers targeted, intensive seminars that include valuable tips, tools and resources to help out-of-school time staff be successful working with children, families, schools and communities. Staff will leave equipped, trained and inspired to thrive in the out-of-school time hours. BOOST Boot Camp seminars offering strategies, lessons and relevant topics are available on an on-going basis.
View a full list of available training topics.
If you would like to schedule a BOOST Boot Camp in your area, please contact Tia Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you ever sit in a meeting and wonder what all these acronyms really stand for? We have created an easy-to-use guide to help you better understand and decipher common acronyms used in the out-of-school time field. Click the categories below to learn more.
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1666 Garnet Avenue
San Diego, CA 92109
|Office Space For Rent at BOOST Collaborative
Little Italy, San Diego, CA
Looking for an office space rental? Tired of working alone out of your home? Just moved here and don't know anyone? Looking to network with like-minded professionals? Are you on vacation or here on business and need a work space for a day or two? Laid off or lost your job and need an office space to hold meetings, look for work, or just stay in the game? Or maybe you are a small business owner and need part-time office without the commitment?
Stay in the loop: Be a part of a creative community-driven network of purpose driven, cool people doing good work. Join us in the BOOST Offices for month or longer and reap the benefits of making connections, networking and social interaction in a professional environment. You can also benefit from our amazing view of nightly sunsets!
For more information and to set up a meeting to see the space call us at 619-23-BOOST!
PBS Special Short Film on the Community Champion Honoree the YMCA Youth Institute, Long Beach, CA
The YMCA Youth Institute, Long Beach, CA, has been named a Community Champion by PBS SoCAl. As such, PBS did a short 3 minute film on us and it is presently showing three times a day in December here in Southern California. To see the film via the web please click the link below.
Click here to learn more about the YMCA Youth Institute.
by Kevin Terrell
A student created video on the
importance of Arts Education
Students all across the nation are begging, complete me, needing a well rounded education. This documentary looks at the student's desperate need for the preforming arts in public schools. Through the eyes of students and teachers we see the need for preforming arts and the drastic repercussions of losing it.
Click here to learn more about the creator Kevin Terrell.
Online Film Series
Check out the latest NaturalHigh.tv video where,Lee Coulter, a Southern California based musician, teamed up with Natural High.
"[I believe] You should live your life in a way that it's enhanced to its extreme naturally," says Coulter. "I like the fact that I can have fun and know that it's all real."
Make sure to attend the Opening Reception at BOOST Conference to learn more on Natural High. They will be the highlighted non-profit organization for the night.
Click here to learn more about Natural High and their mission.
BOOST Conference 2013
May 1-4, 2013
Palm Springs Convention Center
Palm Springs, CA
Phase III: Standard Registration
November 1, 2012-April 12, 2013
Only $440 per person!
Conference Registration Includes:
- Access to Workshop Sessions & Inspiration Stations
- Admission to Film Festival
- BOOST Nation: Town Hall Participation
- Meals (breakfast & lunch provided Thursday and Friday, breakfast provided on Saturday)
- Access to All Conference Sponsored Events
- Exhibit Hall Pass
- Networking Reception
- Post Conference Trip Report
- Certificate of Attendance
For more information on registering for the 2013 BOOST Conference, click here
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Submit your video today to the Project Yellow Light Anti-Distracted Driving Video Contest, which allows high school and college students to create their own videos aimed to cur
b texting and driving among their friends and peers. The Ad Council will turn the winning video into a nationally distributed PSA
and Mazda Motorsports will give the winning students scholarships, a survival skill class and admittance to the Skip Barber Racing School!
The contest, now in its second year, is a great example of peer-to-peer influence for social good. Research has shown that 44% of young adult drivers (16-24) say that friends are the most influential source to encourage them to curb their texting and driving habits. And since 80% of teens and young adults (16-24) say they are "extremely concerned" about their peers texting while driving, this is their chance to do something about it.
The contest is open to high school and college students. Submissions will be accepted from October 31, 2012 to April 1, 2013
and the winning videos will be announced during Global Youth Traffic Safety Month in May, 2013.
Contest presented through collaboration of:
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Alex Kajitani is the 2009 California Teacher of the Year, and a Top-4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year. Seeking a way to connect with his at-risk middle school students, Alex began to integrate rap music with the math he was teaching. Now known around the country as "The Rappin' Mathematician," his CDs are being used in classrooms and homes around the world. He is on a mission to "Make Math Cool," speaks cross-country, and writes a bi-monthly column for teachers of at-risk students. Alex was also invited to share his ideas at TEDXVillageGate.
To see him speak live, attend his workshop at the 2013 BOOST Conference in May.
to watch Alex's TEDxTalk.
for more information on the Rappin' Mathematician.
No Name Calling Week
January 21-25, 2013
No Name-Calling Week was inspired by a young adult novel entitled "The Misfits" by popular author, James Howe. The book tells the story of four best friends trying to survive the seventh grade in the face of all too frequent taunts based on their weight, height, intelligence, and sexual orientation/gender expression. Motivated by the inequities they see around them, the "Gang of Five" (as they are known) creates a new political party during student council elections and run on a platform aimed at wiping out name-calling of all kinds. The No-Name Party in the end, wins the support of the school's principal for their cause and their idea for a "No Name-Calling Day" at school.
Motivated by this simple, yet powerful, idea, No Name-Calling Week is an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities.
Plan a No Name-Calling Week at your school with this helpful guide
Visit the No Name-Calling Week website
for more information on how you can participate.
Secret Millionaires Club
Secret Millionaires Club is looking for business ideas from budding young entrepreneurs 7 to 16!
Enter your ideas today in the 2nd Annual "Grow Your Own Business Challenge," sponsored by the Fairholme Foundation. The grand prize is $5,000 plus a chance to meet Mr. Buffett. Teachers win prizes, too!
Help your students enter by participating in one of two ways:
- Create a parent and student account to submit your idea electronically, or
- Print off a paper form and fax or email your entry in.
For more information and to sign up, click here!
Hurry the deadline is February 15, 2013!
Don't forget to pack your BOOST t-shirt for your upcoming travels!
Take a picture in your BOOST shirt and send it to us, then you'll automatically be entered to win a FREE BOOST conference registration!
Whittier City School District Team
Whittier, CA Photo: Palm Springs, CA, BOOST Conference 2012
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100% of the proceeds from all the BOOST Gear Shop benefits the BOOST Scholarship Program. Thank you for your support.
Free App of the Month:
Learnist makes sharing what you know and learning from others fast and easy by remixing anything on the web like videos, ebooks, maps, blogs, podcasts, surveys and more into a simple and elegant learning resource on any topic that you can share with anyone. Learnist is like a collaborative, multimedia and interactive ebook from the future.
Learnist iPad app lets you browse Learnboards with content curated from websites and blogs, YouTube, Vimeo, Wordpress, Wikipedia, UStream, Scribd, Soundcloud, Slideshare, Amazon, Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Forms, Slideshows, Google Maps and Books, and more.
Learnist's iPhone App also lets you create Learnboards with uploaded photos on any subject imaginable - live events, recipes, how-to guides, and more.
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Florence Nightingale Middle School
Los Angeles, CA
LACY Partnership with WorldTeach
Various International Locations
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