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            May 2013 Newsletter


Issue No. 31
May 2013

"What excites you about learning: I like to learn because when I learn, I know more"

 Malachi, 8

Long Beach YMCA

Long Beach, CA

Greetings BOOSTers! 

We are celebrating the successes of another awe-inspiring BOOST Conference in Palm Springs. We met so many leaders and change makers and are continually amazed by the magnificent work happening to inspire youth, inspire learning and inspire change.


We hope to see you around the country this summer on our annual summer training tour. If you need staff training, we would be happy to assist you in meeting your goals and preparing your team to work effectively and successfully with each other, with children and youth as well as schools and community partners. To book a training, please contact Tia Quinn 

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



Tia Quinn

Executive Director

BOOST Collaborative




The earth laughs in flowers." ~ E.E. Cummings



Meet the newest BOOST  Ambassador

Kathryn is currently in her junior year at High Tech High Chula Vista (HTHCV). While being a student at HTHCV, she previously worked with Bruin Café as a shift manager and completed a semester in music theory. As a shift manager, she has been able to provide school lunches to students looking for a variety of food at school. Every summer Kathryn works at a Sacramento Jazz Camp as a stagehand's assistant. During her free time, you can find Kathryn gardening, drawing on a sketchbook, baking cookies inside her kitchen, or singing at home.

Kathryn has made it her future goal, since seventh grade, to become an occupational therapist. She has chosen Kinesiology, a study of movement, as her future major and would like to minor in Studio Art. Kathryn would like to attend Dominguez Hills College to help her succeed in her future career.

BOOST Conference 2013 was a success
As another conference comes to an end we just want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all that attended, exhibited, volunteered or helped in anyway. Check our Facebook page for updates on the 2014 BOOST Conference as well as photos and videos from the 2013 Conference.

Check out how much fun the students from Health Sciences High & Middle College, HSHMC, had in this video reel.

Program Highlight

Batter UP!
Creative Before- and Afterschool Programs for Success (CAPS)
San Bernardino, CA  


Batter UP! In a huge showing of community pride, 2,500 participants in San Bernardino City Unified's afterschool program, CAPS, helped kick-off the season of  the local farm team for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The 66ers, named after Route 66, partnered with the CAPS (Creative Before- and Afterschool Programs for Success) to provide discounted tickets (worth $15,000 in matching funds) and a baseball cap with the team logo for every kid in attendance. Kids learned the rules and the traditions of baseball and joined the mascot "Bernie" in cheers, dancing the Dougie, and singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game". Mike Gallo, Vice President of the Board of Education, who threw out the first pitch, summed up the afternoon, "The event went so smoothly, these kids will have a memory that will last a lifetime."

Submitted by:   

Christina Hale-Nardi 

Director of Afterschool Programs

San Bernardino City Unified School District 

San Bernardino, CA 


Do you know of an outstanding out-of-school time program? Send recommendations to to be featured in the newsletter.

It's Test Tiiiiime! 
with The Rappin' Mathematician 

What time is it? TEST TIME! Join the Rappin' Mathematician Alex Kajitani and learn the 5 best strategies to make sure your students do their absolute best on all tests this testing time!
To watch the video, click here.
BOOST Breakfast Club

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Click on blog title to read more!

Steve AmickFrom the Other Side of the Counter 

Blog written by Steve Amick, Director of Policy and Partnerships, THINK Together, Orange County, CA    


What About the Boys?
Blog written by Gabriela G. Baeza,
Program Coordinator, San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego, 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 view other Breakfast Club Blogs click here.  

Funding and Opportunities  

May 23, 2013


Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas: implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs, purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives, and purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs.


September 1, 2013

With funding from the National Science Foundation, the American Educational Research Association has announced the continuation of the AERA Grants program, which provides small grants and training for researchers conducting studies of education policy and practice using quantitative methods, including the analysis of data from the large-scale data sets sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics and NSF. Support is available in two categories.


Deadline: Rolling

The mission of Bank of the West's Charitable Investments Program is to help meet the needs of communities by supporting nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving quality of life, particularly for low- and moderate-income individuals and communities. Bank of the West will consider requests for charitable investments from nonprofit organizations that qualify under the following charitable giving categories: Community and Economic Development, Education and Job Training, Health and Human Care, & Civic and Cultural.

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! 
Out-of-School Time News

May 8, 2013 

Education Week Teacher 

 Click here to read more news! 



Evaluation of Teach for America in Texas Schools  

This research aims to take a look into a program meant solely to provide a supply of high quality teachers to our most high-need schools and students. The main purpose of this research was to estimate the effect of TFA corps members and TFA alumni on Texas student mathematics and reading scores for the 2010-20111 school year in the state of Texas.







To read this research, please visit Edvance Research, Inc. here.  


Family Foster Care Reimbursement Rates in the U.S. 


Each state has a standard rate for foster care providers in family settings. But not all children in family foster homes receive this rate, and in some states few children do. To provide readers with a more accurate understanding of family foster care reimbursement rates and practices nationwide, Child Trends released Family Foster Care Reimbursement Rates in the U.S., which summarizes key findings from a national survey about states' family foster care rates and provider classifications. 

To read this research, please visit Child Trends here

At Bates Middle School in Annapolis, Maryland, arts integration has helped raise student achievement. Job-embedded professional development, differentiated arts instruction, and critical-thinking skills integrated into the curricula have been key to their success.

To read this research, please visit Edutopia here.
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 bring STEM into 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.
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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
BOOST Breakfast Club
Funding and Grants
In the News
Fact of the Month
BOOST Professional Development
Sponsor the Newsletter
Monthly Contest
Featured Article
Free App
Career Corner
Featured Article
Speaker's Corner
Featured Article
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May Poll 

May is National Physical Fitness month. How ready are you and your students to get moving?
  • We exercise daily 
  • We exercise once a week 
  • We need some ideas to help get us moving 




Click here to take the poll. 

For resources on how to get yourself and your program moving, click here.  

May Contest

Did you attend the BOOST Conference? Head over to our Facebook Page from May 14-26 and
let us know what your favorite workshop was and why. On Monday May 27, we will announce one winner. They will get a copy of Paul Tough's book, "How Children Succeed."

To visit our Facebook page click here.
People Teacher of the Year  



In October 2013, PEOPLE will honor six extraordinary teachers who are changing the lives of their students and paving the way for a new generation of American leaders. The winners will be featured in PEOPLE magazine, celebrated by our 42.5 million readers, and will receive a cash prize for themselves and their schools.


Click here to nominate a teacher today! 

Dr. Toni Yancey 



On April 23, the childhood obesity prevention movement field lost a true leader. After a year long fight with lung cancer, Dr. Toni Yancey passed away at the age of 55. Through her life she worked endlessly to change the physical activity habits of students across America 10 minutes at a time. To learn more about Dr. Toni Yancey and her work, click here.      




Take 10 minutes out of your day and join Dr. Toni Yancey and the Los Angeles Sparks in an activity to get you up and moving! 


To watch the video, click here! 

  Free Operation FitKids Curriculum 



The American Council on Exercise is offering a free curriculum for grades 6-8 aimed at teaching students about the dangers of being overweight and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Download your free curriculum today!    


For more information and to download the lesson, click here! 

National Physical Fitness &
Sports Month 



May is National Physical Fitness & Sports month. Get out and get active with everyone you know to celebrate! Try a new activity or learn a new sport. If nothing else just play a friendly game of tag or kickball with your students.


For more information and ideas on how to get moving this may, click here! 

  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.   

Planet BOOST

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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!

Julia Gabor
Senior Program Manager, Tiger Woods Foundation, Anaheim, CA 
Photo: Anaheim, CA May 2013 

Visit Planet BOOST to see BOOSTers in their BOOST Gear. 


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.  

National Get Outdoors Day

Participate in the 6th annual National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day). On Saturday, June 8, 2013, join people across America in a GO Day Activity. Click here to find an activity in your city!

Free App of the Month:

FitQuest Lite


FitQuest is an exercise adventure that is fun to play and good for your health. Powered by your own natural movements, jogging in place, hopping and ducking will get baby squirrel safely to the tree house. Play it in your hotel room, before boarding a plane, while watching TV, on a rainy day, by yourself or with your family and kids.  


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.   

Director of Curriculum & Instruction


New York, NY 


Northwest Evaluation Association  

Portland, OR 


School Reading Coaches

Rowland Reading Foundation

Multiple Locations, USA  


Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District

Little Canada, MN 


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 


Eveoke Dance Theatre
Assembly Programs, Motivational Speakers, Performances
San Diego, 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!  
Speaker's 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

Dr. Gale K. Gorke
Executive Director
Bullying, Group Facilitation, Middle to High School Transition, and much more!
Kids Kan Inc


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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