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            April 2013 Newsletter


Issue No. 30
April 2013

"If I did not attend an after school program I would: be sad because I love it here!"

Iris, 8

Orange Unified School District

Orange, CA

Greetings BOOSTers!

Happy Spring!


We hope you have all had an enjoyable Spring Break and are experiencing warmer weather and lots of sunshine. We are preparing the details for our 2013 BOOST Conference in Palm Springs, May 1-4, and it promises to be a grand event full of learning opportunities, networking, and exciting events. We are also booking our summer trainings across the U.S. so if you're planning to train your staff this summer, please contact us to discuss how we can help you.

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



Tia Quinn

Executive Director

BOOST Collaborative



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Program Highlight

Camp Henry Live!
Camp Henry
Newaygo, MI 


A Summer Camp experience can be an integral part of a child's development and often leaves a life-long impact. Here at Camp Henry, a major goal for our ministry this year is to improve our connectedness to campers year-round. Our most successful effort has been to introduce "Camp Henry Live" Events. These events have taken place once a month and have been an excellent tool to keep relationships going and keep camp on the mind of campers and parents.

We began by having a camper or family host an evening in their home where we'd sing camp songs, do skits, play games, and have a short message. They have expanded into finding other fun places to visit - such as an indoor trampoline park!

We have had the opportunity to connect with over 100 past and future campers in thanks to these events and are thrilled with the stronger connections developed with campers, parents and staff. The success and life-change that occurs at camp is often a result of the amazing relationships that are built in this environment and we are thankful to have found a way to nurture those relationships throughout the year. Be on the lookout for the next Camp Henry Live! Event.


For more information on Camp Henry Live, please click here.  



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Staff Highlight 

Shari Leiton-Lopez
Program Coordinator

Career Horizons and Financial Fitness at Just In Time for Foster Youth

San Diego, CA


Shari graduated from UC San Diego with a double major in Ethnic Studies and Sociology with an emphasis on Law and Society. Beginning her passion for helping others Shari worked as a Coordinating Tutor for the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) at UCSD, providing tutoring and mentoring services to low-income and disadvantaged students throughout the San Diego Area.

Entering into a world of loneliness and independence at the young age of 17 ˝, Shari emancipated from the San Diego County Child Welfare system. With courage, self-confidence, and the support of positive people in her life such as her husband, mentors and friends, Shari was able to grow into the strong young woman she is today.

Currently, Shari holds the title of Program Coordinator for Just In Time's Career Horizon program for young female professionals and the Financial Fitness Program which promotes financial literacy for JIT's participants. What makes Shari a unique staff member at JIT is not only that she is one of three staff members that has first-hand experience in the foster care system and passion for helping others, but that she participated in JIT's College Bound Program in 2007 and Career Horizons and Financial Fitness in 2011. Graduating from UCSD debt-free, Shari is a great role model for JIT's youth. By meeting one-on-one with every JIT participant, asset advisor, and mentor to hear their needs and questions, she ensures they are all able to have an educational and meaningful JIT experience.


For more information on Just in Time for Foster Youth, please click here.   





Submitted by:

Michelle Joel

Community Developer
Just In Time for Foster Youth

San Diego, California



National Park Week
April 20-28, 2013

Presented by:

Each spring, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, invite everyone to celebrate National Park Week. This year, from April 20 - 28, you are invited to get to know your national parks. From Monday April 22- Friday April 26, 2013 get to know your national parks for free as ALL waive their entrance fee.


For more information on National Park Week and to find your nearest park, click here.
Breakfast Club

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





Jane Sharp

Parenting Children with Special Needs
Blogs written by Jane Sharp, Consultant, Sharp Ideas Consulting, Allentown, NJ

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 view other Breakfast Club Blogs click here.  

Funding and Grant Opportunities

April 12, 2013


Each year, the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) awards millions of dollars to schools and organizations to initiate, expand, and improve physical education programs. Your school or organization could receive $100,000 to $750,000... Have you submitted a PEP grant application?


July 8, 2013

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports promising early-career researchers from diverse disciplines, who have demonstrated success in conducting high-quality research and are seeking to further develop and broaden their expertise. Candidates are nominated by a supporting institution and must submit five-year research plans that demonstrate creativity, intellectual rigor, and a commitment to continued professional development. Every year, four to six William T. Grant Scholars are selected and each receives $350,000 distributed over a five-year period.


Deadline: Rolling

The mission of BTF is to promote and enhance the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball throughout the world by funding programs, fields, coaches' training, and the purchase of uniforms and equipment to encourage and maintain youth participation in the game. Grants are designed to be sufficiently flexible to enable applicants to address needs unique to their communities. The funds are intended to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment.

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.

New to the BOOST Gear Shop:
"After School Special" T-Shirt


Click here to purchase yours today or get them at the 2013 BOOST Conference! 
Out-of-School Time in the News

April 2, 2013 

Washington County 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?


Click the Infographic for a closer look!


For more on this topic click  here!  


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

BOOST Boot Camp

Are you planning staff trainings this summer?
Host a BOOST Boot Camp and take your program to the next level.
Boot Camp Flyer 2011

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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Happy Earth Day! 
April 22, 2013

For ideas on how to make your school a green school, click here.      
In This Issue
Program Highlight
Staff Highlight
Funding and Grants
In the News
BOOST Professional Development
Sponsor the Newsletter
Career Corner
Contact Us
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April Poll 

How "green" is your program?
  • We don't even have a recycling bin. 
  • We have taken the steps towards becoming green in our program.
  • Our program is an expert at being green. 




Click here to take the poll. 

For resources on how you can help make your program green, click here 

April Contest 

For the month of April, change your Facebook picture to Peace Love BOOST and leave a comment on our wall letting us know you have! On Friday May 3, 2013 at the BOOST Conference we will pick one winner at random to win a gift card!

(click on the image above to download and save)

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  May is National Foster Care Month  
How will you participate?

Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity to shine a light on the experiences of the more than 400,000 children and youth in the foster care system. The campaign raises awareness about the urgent needs of these young people and encourages citizens from every walk of life to get involved - as foster or adoptive parents, volunteers, mentors, employers or in other ways.


To learn more about how you can participate in National Foster Care Month, click here.   

Free Webinar Series: Sustainability in your Out-of-School Time Program 



The Afterschool Alliance is offering a new free webinar series throughout the year aimed at helping out-of-school time programs work towards creating a sustainable future.  This is a great opportunity to learn about many of the aspects of sustainability including grant writing, fundraising, advocacy, community outreach, volunteers and much more. 


Click here to view past webinars or register for upcoming webinars. 

BOOST Conference 2013
Register Today

BOOST Conference

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

This Friday, April 12, 2013 is the last day to register online so register today!
Only $440 per person to attend!


Featured Keynotes:  

Paul Tough
Click here for more info on Paul Tough.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 
Click here for more info on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. 

Christopher Emdin
Click here for more info on Christopher Emdin.

The largest global convening of out-of-school time professionals.

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  National Distracted Driving Awareness Month    



Thousands die needlessly each year because people continue to use their cell phones while driving, handheld or hands-free. Join the National Safety Council this April in urging those you care about to:

  • Stop using cell phones while driving
  • Understand the dangers of the cognitive distraction to the brain
  • Inform people who call you while driving that you'd be happy to continue the conversation once they have reached their destination
  • Tell others about the dangers of cell phone distracted driving

For more information and to sign the pledge today, click here! 

National Volunteer Week
April 21-27, 2013 


National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It's about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.


For more information on volunteer opportunities in your community, click here! 

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Don't forget to pack your BOOST gear for your upcoming travels!
 Take a picture in your BOOST gear and send it to us, then you'll automatically be entered to win a FREE BOOST conference registration! 

Visit Planet BOOST to see BOOSTers in their BOOST Gear. 



Sabrina Yakovich, Sales Manager, Palm Springs Convention Center - SMG, Palm Springs, CA
Photo: Palm Springs, CA, March 2013


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


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

"You Crazy! Growing Up Latino and Surviving to 25"

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Free App of the Month:



A simple doodling board, markers, and one-click sharing tools make spreading your ideas and know-how easy and fun! Just - Record It. Sketch It. Share It. - to create a sharable, replay-able video that tells your story clearly.    


Visit the iTunes store to download.
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.
Join the Speakers Corner

Join the Speakers Corner to take advantage of the opportunity to promote your consulting, training and speaking services to thousands of out-of-school time professionals. It's easy, inexpensive and a great way to market your expertise. Create a profile and get your name out there!

Click here to browse and join the Speakers Corner.

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


Special rate for non-profits! 

Free Resource Center

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BOOST is proud to bring you free resources to enhance the quality of your out-of-school time program and professional development needs.  




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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