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            March 2013 Newsletter


Issue No. 29
March 2013
"One thing I will always remember about my after-school program is it's fun and educational."

Amberlee, 12

Canoga Park, CA 

Greetings BOOSTers!


Dear BOOSTers,


It is 100 days into the academic year! Are you ready to take a break and rejuvenate? We are busy planning what promises to be a remarkable BOOST Conference full of exceptional workshops, exhibitors, special events, and lots of networking all in beautiful Palm Springs, CA. We hope you will take the time to develop yourself with us May 1-4 and be a part of redefining leadership in out-of-school time.   

Thank you for all the work you do to support
children, youth, families, and communities,  



Tia Quinn

Executive Director

BOOST Collaborative




Meet the Spring 2012 BOOST Ambassadors

Katie Rehnberg
 Last year Katie made her return back from studying abroad in Leeds, UK to finish up her college career and finally graduate from San Diego State University. She originally moved down to San Diego to get her degree in liberal studies, looking to start a career in the pre-school teaching field. After realizing events was her passion, she was admitted into the Hospitality program to later receive her bachelors in Hospitality and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Events. Between her love for kids and the event industry, Katie sees BOOST as being the perfect fit for her passionate lifestyle. Being able to be an intern for BOOST Collaborative and working directly with the conference itself is a great start to her soon to be career in the hospitality field. Aside from the working side of her life she considers herself a yogi. Katie practices yoga on a daily basis and strives to possess the spiritual peaceful lifestyle. Namaste

Ann Pulido


Born and raised in beautiful San Diego, Ann is currently a student at UCSD working towards her BA in Communication Studies. After working as an after school program youth leader, she has set her career path on working with at-risk youth and communities through the vehicle of hip hop culture. Fusing her role as a b-girl and love for hip hop culture with her education and experience, Ann has volunteered her time to organizing various hip hop oriented events in San Diego, assisted in teaching youth workshops, and is also a principal member of the Hip Hop Club at UCSD. When she's not busy with school and work, you can find Ann competing at local jams, experimenting in the kitchen, or at home with her dog.


Program Highlight

Kindness Journals
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District
Muskegon, MI  



In January 2012, more than 6,000 "Kindness Journals" were made available to every elementary school in Muskegon County.  During the school day students were encouraged to describe their daily acts of kindness in written journals.  Following six weeks of journaling, they were asked to write essays about why using the Kindness Journals were important to them. "Before people was bullying," wrote Aniyah Johnson, another third-grader from Edgewood Elementary. "Now people are not getting in so much trouble like they use to." It's true, Sipka said. School officials saw a reduction in behavior issues among students.  


The program is now in its second year and over 8000 students are again participating at the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade levels.


For more information on the Kindness Journals, please click here.  



Submitted by:
Staff Highlight 

Gina Sauer
School Age Child Care (SACC)
Laramie, WY


Gina Sauer, psychology major, and senior at the University of Wyoming, has been with the Laramie School Age Child Care (SACC) program for two years now, serving as caregiver, head summer camp instructor, and leader for our Kids Night Out program. Gina came to us with nanny experience, knowledge of child psychology, and a love of travel, but whether she's hanging out at the Tiger Temple in Thailand (see photo), or Turkey, Belgium, or Budapest, she is always eager to bring that experience back to the SACC program. During her time with us, Gina has come to be known for her dependability, her calm and level way of problem-solving, and her ever-present smile. Over the past two years, she has been a role model to well over two hundred children, always treating each child as an individual, and with kindness and respect. Gina has shared that "SACC has taught me to always have a positive outlook on life, and I will miss interacting with the kids and watching them grow, as well as the strong community of staff members that I have grown so close to." As Gina prepares to graduate from college this spring and move forward with her career, I can only hope that the rest of the SACC staff has learned as much from Gina's quietly effective leadership style as I myself have.




Submitted by:

Cynthia Stoffers

Recreation Program Coordinator 

School Age Child Care (SACC) 

Laramie, WY 



Breakfast Club

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"College Access and Career Readiness through Afterschool Programming," Blog entry written by Dr. Adrian K. Haugabrook, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Chief Diversity Officer, Wheelock College, Boston, MA

"Expanded Learning, California Style,"
Blog entry written by Tom Torlakson, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Sacramento, California Department of Education, CA and Jennifer Peck, Executive Director, Partnership for Children and Youth, Oakland, CA 

We're always looking for new bloggers. Please contact Kristin at  
for more information on how to join this amazing group of bloggers today!

To Breakfast Club Blogs click here.
Youth Activity


Every year in March, we spend a week celebrating Dr. Seuss and his creative contributions to children's literature! This is one of many activities related to the Dr. Seuss theme and always one of the kids' favorites!      


Prep time: 15 min  


Activity time: 45 min 


Grade level:Elementary 


Group size: Individual, Small Group, Large Group 


Environment: Indoor    


Objective: Literature connection: Students will read or listen to "Bartholomew and the Oobleck" by Dr. Seuss. Math connection: Students will practice measurement and following a recipe. Science connection: Students will make observations and consider various states of matter.   


Materials needed:

Book: "Bartholomew and the Oobleck" by Dr. Seuss 
Tables with disposable tablecloths 
Cornstarch (1 cup/student) 
Water (1 cups/student) 
Food coloring (optional)  
Paper cups and plates (1/student)  
Plastic spoons or forks (1/student) 
Copies of recipe (see below) 
Copies of questions  



Put tablecloths on tables. (The experiment can get messy and the tablecloths are life-savers when it comes to clean up!)  

Distribute materials or have them set up in a designated area.   



1. Read "Barholomew and the Oobleck" by Dr. Seuss.
2. Make Oobleck: Each child should mix 1 cup cornstarch and 1 cup of water in paper cup. Add a drop of food coloring and mix again.
3. Answer the following questions (discussion or written):
  • What happens when you stir it?   
  • What happens when you let it sit?   
  • What happens when you pour it onto a paper plate?    
  • Is it more like a liquid (a glass of water) or a solid (a rock)? Why? 
  • Make 5 observations about your Oobleck.
Variations: Typically you should do the read-aloud with a large group and then have the students complete the experiment in small groups. Making Oobleck is usually 1 of many Dr. Seuss "stations" going on at the same time.

Submitted by:  

Katharine Hunt 

Youth Life Foundation of Richmond

Richmond, VA




Do you have a youth activity that is fun, engaging, and easy to implement? Let us know about it and we may feature it here! 

Funding and Grant Opportunities
March 22, 2013

Is one of your kids a talented doodler? Apply to Doodle 4 Google
for a chance for the student to win a $30,000 college scholarship, and a $50,000 technology grant for their school along with some other cool prizes.


May 10, 2013

Housing remains a pressing issue in communities across the country. In response, we fund programs focused on foreclosure counseling and mitigation, real-estate owned disposition and affordable housing. In conjunction, we support financial education and coaching as well as other financial empowerment programs that help individuals become more financially capable and that lead to long-term neighborhood stability. Recognizing that large organizations, such as arts institutions and hospitals, act as economic catalysts in communities, we fund programs that help advance overall community revitalization.


Deadline: Rolling

Singing for Change offers competitive grants to progressive, community-based, nonprofit organizations that address the root causes of social and environmental problems. Grants are awarded to programs that are concerned with the health, education and protection of children and their families. Singing for Change offers competitive grants to progressive. Projects that foster self-esteem and that teach nonviolence and creative problem solving are most likely to be considered.

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 lucky 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.

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To purchase your own BOOST Gear, visit the Gear Shop. 


Out-of-School Time in the News

March 7, 2013 


March 7, 2013
eSchool News

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Research-Practice Partnerships: A Strategy for Leveraging Research for Educational Improvement in School Districts      

In this Foundation-commissioned white paper, Cynthia Coburn, Ph.D.; William Penuel, Ph.D.; and Kimberly Geil, Ph.D. survey the current landscape of partnerships involving school districts to better understand different types of collaborations, the challenges they face, and their strategies for success. Through this paper, they develop sharp insights about this promising field. 







To read this research, please visit the William T. Grant Foundation here.  


Trends in Exposure to Substance Use Prevention Messages among Adolescents  


Adolescents are subjected to influences that may increase their risk for substance use or protect them from it.1 Substance use prevention programs are designed to reduce the influence of risk factors and increase the influence of protective factors. Parents can also affect substance use through conversations that they have with their children. Substance use prevention messages and programs are also provided through the media, schools, and other sources that have all been shown to have an association with alcohol and illicit drug use. This issue of The NSDUH Report examines trends in adolescents' exposure to substance use prevention messages from 2002 to 2011. It also uses 2011 data to examine exposure to prevention messages by key demographic characteristics.

To read this research, please visit SAMHSA here

Uncertain Times 2012, the third in the Uncertain Times series, assesses the impact of economic conditions on afterschool programs.  Based on 1,012 survey responses, Uncertain Times 2012-Afterschool Programs Still Struggling in Today's Economy, finds that afterschool programs are struggling to meet the needs of children and families in their communities, as they face shrinking resources and dismal prospects for new support.  Hardest hit are programs serving disadvantaged communities-the very population that has the most to gain from afterschool and summer programs..

Afterschool Alliance

To read this research, please visit The Afterschool Alliance here.
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Fact of the month


Did you know?


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For resources on how to handle a bully in your program, visit the BOOST Resource center here

BOOST Boot Camp

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BOOST Boot Camp includes your choice in a series of workshops in the focus areas listed below: 

  • Academic Enrichment
  • Enrichment Elements
  • Building Relationships
  • Program Environment
  • Program Fundamentals
  • Older Youth 

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 

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In This Issue
Program Highlight
Staff Highlight
Breakfast Club Blog
Youth Activity
Funding and Grants
In the News
BOOST Professional Development
Sponsor the Newsletter
Career Corner
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March Poll & Contest 

Do you have health insurance?
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Take the March poll and be entered to win a signed copy of

Toni Yancy's book, "Instant Recess." 


Instant Recess Book Cover  


Click here to take the poll. 

For resources on Health and Nutrition, click here 

BOOST Collaborative Welcomes Positive Adventures to the
BOOST Office 

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Positive Adventures, LLC. is Southern California's leader in experiential learning, providing business consulting, team development and outdoor education. We develop and customize activities creating hands-on programs to facilitate learning, cultivate team synergy and stimulate innovation.


For more information on Positive Adventures, click here.  


As BOOST Collaborative welcomes Positive Adventures to the office, we would like to remind you we still have one additional office for rent!    


Stay in the loop: Be a part of a creative community-driven network of purpose driven, cool people doing good work. Join us and Positive Adventures 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!(619-232-6678) 
Documentary Inocente
Wins an Oscar 



BOOST would like to congratulate 2012 BOOST Film Festival pick Inocente on their Oscar win at the 2013 Academy Awards for best Documentary Short. Congratulations to Inocente, Sean and Andrea Fine, and ARTS (A Reason to Survive) on their Oscar win.    




Click here to learn more about Shine Global and the documentary, Inocente  





Click here to learn more about ARTS (A Reason to Survive).  
Global Youth Service Day
April 26-28  

Global Youth Service Day celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities each day of the year through service. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth.


Whether leading a food drive, building a community garden, or demanding equal rights for girls, young people around the world are finding their voice, taking action, and creating real change. Pledge your support this Global Youth Service Day, April 26-28.   


To learn more about how you can celebrate Global Youth Service Day, click here.   


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May 1-4, 2013
Palm Springs Convention Center
Palm Springs, CA

Reserve your room here today for the $136 conference rate!  

Only $440 per person to attend!


Featured Keynotes:  

Paul Tough
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 
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Christopher Emdin
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The largest global convening of out-of-school time professionals.

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Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities
A Call for Papers

The Central Valley Afterschool Foundation welcome the submission of papers for the inaugural issue of The Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities (JELO), a peer-reviewed, online, open access publication of the Central Valley Afterschool Foundation. The aim of this journal is to promote scholarship and consciousness of the ways in which students' engagement in after-school and expanded learning activities contributes to their learning and development by publishing original empirical, practical, and theoretical manuscripts.


Click here to see the full announcement from the Central Valley Afterschool Foundation.

  Trend Micro: What's Your Story?   



Enter in the fourth annual What's Your Story? Trend Micro Contest. You get the message out. In your own words. Your own voice. Your own style. All it takes is a simple video answering the following question: What does the good side of the Internet look like?

Two Grand prize winners will be picked: one individual filmmaker and one school will each get a $10,000* prize.  


For more information and to sign up, click here! 

Funding: Green School
Makeover Competition


For more information and to apply, click here! 

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Visit Planet BOOST to see BOOSTers in their BOOST Gear. 


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100% of the proceeds from all the BOOST Gear Shop benefits the BOOST Scholarship Program. Thank you for your support.  

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Khan Academy


Khan Academy allows you to learn almost anything for free. Spend an afternoon brushing up on statistics. Discover how the Krebs cycle works. Learn about the fundamentals of computer science. Prepare for the upcoming SAT. Or, if you're feeling particularly adventurous, learn how fire stick farming changed the landscape of Australia.  


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Career Corner


Looking for quality staff? Check out the BOOST Career Corner to post job listings or browse available job listings for free.   

Development Officer


New York, NY 


Starfinder Foundation    

Seattle, WA 


Policy Advocate - Toxic Free Neighborhoods Campaign

Environmental Health Coalition

San Diego, CA 


Community Training & Assistance Center

Boston, MA 


View more listings here.

Vendor Fair


The Vendor Fair provides out-of-school time professionals access to a wide variety of products and services to enhance their programs. Browse through the Vendor Fair to learn more about the latest products and services for out-of-school time. It is absolutely FREE to use!  


Vendor Fair Highlight 

Academic Enrichment, Curriculum, and School Products
Agoura Hills, CA 

View their profile here.

Join the Vendor Fair  
The Vendor Fair is an online community providing out-of-school time professionals access to browse a wide variety of products and services to enhance their programs.


Click here to browse through the Vendor Fair.

One time fee of $395.00 for an unlimited listing of your profile.  


Special rate for non-profits!  
Speakers Corner 
The Speakers Corner provides out-of-school time professionals access to a wide variety of speakers, consultants, coaches, and trainer that can help you enhance your programs. Browse through the Speakers Corner to learn more about services that can take your program to the next level. It is absolutely FREE to browse!


Speakers Corner Highlight

 Tia Quinn

Bullying, Communications, Leadership, Staff Recruitment and Retention, and more  

Executive Director
BOOST Collaborative
San Diego, CA


View her profile here.
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One time fee of $395.00 for an unlimited listing of your profile.     


Special rate for non-profits! 

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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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