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            January 2014 Newsletter


Issue No. 39
January 2014


One thing I will always remember about my after school program is they try to help us do all our work and let us have fun. They're also nice to us.


Paul, Age 10


Whittier, CA
Happy Holidays BOOSTers, 

Dear BOOSTers,


2014 has shown up and we are busy planning for our biggest BOOST Conference yet. It is a great service to be able to provide such a comprehensive professional development event for educators and we can't wait to see you in Palm Springs April 29-May 2.


In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.


Together we make a difference. 




Tia Quinn

Executive Director

BOOST Collaborative



Remembering Sam Berns


My philosophy for a happy life: Sam Berns at TEDxMidAtlantic 2013
My philosophy for a happy life: Sam Berns at TEDxMidAtlantic 2013

Sam Berns, a 17 year old with a rare premature aging disease called Progenia, passed this last week. He was the subject of the document " Life According to Sam," an HBO documentary by filmmakers Sean and Andrea Fine released this past fall.

In his TED Talk "My philosophy for a happy life," Sam shares his four point philosophy on having a positive outlook on life.

1. Be OK with what you ultimately can't do, because there is so much you CAN do.

2. Surround yourself with people you want to be around.

3. Keep moving forward.

4. Never miss a party if you can help it!

We miss you Sam! Thank you for reminding us about what's really important in life. 

Our condolences to his family and friends. 

Please visit the for more information on how to help kids just like Sam.
Program Highlight


"Nonprofit Helps Kids Heal Through Art"
ARTS | A Reason To Survive
Today Show, 
Tuesday, December 31st
San Diego, CA


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Matt D'Arrigo, founder of the California nonprofit organization "ARTS," was inspired by his own experience of dealing with pain through painting to create a safe haven where nearly 2500 kids a year who are struggling through tough times can express themselves through art.


Submitted by:  

Matt D'Arrigo


ARTS | A Reason To Survive

San Diego, CA


To learn more about ARTS, click here.



Staff Highlight


 Lorie Clark

High School Specialist

Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Chapel Hill, NC


Lorie Clark is the High School Specialist for the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate program in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.  Lorie spent 15 years in television broadcasting before entering Youth Development. She has been with Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate since 2002. Looking back on her career change, Clark says "Everything at Blue Ribbon feels so natural to me. It's a perfect fit."


Clark's work involves supporting high school mentoring relationships, helping students through the college admissions process, and advising the Blue Ribbon Youth Leadership Institute. It's a big job, but Clark pursues it all wit passion. "I am human and I get tired too, but I keep my eye on the prize. Being able to see these children do well academically and help fulfill their dreams is to me the best reward, ever," Lorie says. "I want the kids in Chapel Hill to see beyond Chapel Hill, dream beyond Chapel Hill and know that these dreams can come to fruition."


Clark has even managed to mentor two students as a volunteer. Lorie's first mentee, Mayte Rodas, says, "Lorie looks at me like her daughter, she gives me the same advice she would give to her sons. When I get bad grades, she will get upset, just like my mom would."          


Mentorship, as Lorie sees it, means being a friend for the child and providing additional support to her parents.  "The children face myriad of issues that schools are not aware of. BRMA steps in to provide the resources that expose them to opportunities outside school," says Clark.


Clearly the students appreciate all that Ms. Clark does for them.  When she recently received a community award named for Dr. Martin Luther King, the Blue Ribbon students in the audience were cheering so loudly they could be heard above the claps of the packed crowd.


To learn more about the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate program, please click here.   



Submitted by:  

Graig Meyer
Director of Student Equity and Volunteer Services
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Chapel Hill, NC 


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BOOST Breakfast Club

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A Cup of Golden Sun

Blog written by:

Erika Petrelli, Vice President of Leadership Development

The Leadership Program

Carmel, IN




What Drives your After-School Program

Blog written by: 

Andy Miller

Teen Outreach Coordinator, Homeless Children's Playtime Project

Pastor to Children and Youth, Mosaic Church of the Nazerene

Washington, DC



21st Century Wake Up Call: 3 Hot Tips on Social Media for #YouthServing Organizations

Blog written by:

Julia Gabor, Senior Programs Manager

Tiger Woods Foundation

Irvine, CA



To view other Breakfast Club Blogs click here.  

Youth Activity

Quick Paper Bag Book


Discount School Supply


Make a paper bag book using 3-4 bags per youth. Use a craft stick or twig with a simple rubber band to create the binding. This book is fun to make and it's very magical to see how the simple binding holds all the pages together effortlessly and creatively. Decorate any way your imagination takes you. 


Prep time:  15 minutes 


Activity time: 30-45 minutes


Grade Level:  K - 8 


Group Size: Small Group
Environment:  Indoor or Outdoor, tabletops needed.

Objective: Reinforce Visual Arts, Literacy and Language development with this unique paper bag book with innovative rubber band binding, all made from everyday materials and recyclables.


Materials Needed: 

Paper bags (any size) 

Rubber bands

Craft sticks or twigs

Hole punch




Click here to download the Handout with directions.


Adaptations (For Students with Learning or Physical Disabilities): Make the larger version of this using paper bags from the grocery store, and it will be easier to put together.


A good leader will help students discover creative content ideas for these books. The goal is to help each student make several different books with unique and personal content. 


Submitted by:  

Anna Reyner

Account Manager, LA & Orange Counties

Discount School Supply

Art & Creativity blog:

Los Angeles, CA


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! 


Meet Our Friends


See what our fellow BOOSTers are up to.

What's next? Art -- a force for change: Matt D'Arrigo at TEDxSanDiego
What's next? Art -- a force for change: Matt D'Arrigo at TEDxSanDiego

Matt D'Arrigo, CEO/Founder of A Reason To Survive (ARTS), shares his personal story of using art to survive the challenges in his life. Four words from his 6th grade teacher turned him from feeling like a failure into an artist.  


Perseverance - Nature or Nurture? Kamau Stanford at TEDxCapeMay 2013
Perseverance - Nature or Nurture? Kamau Stanford at TEDxCapeMay 2013

Kamau Stanford asks whether perseverance is a matter of nature or nurture, as he perseveres to build schools as places of information, opportunity and exposure, not just for students, but to the community at large.   


"Truth Be Told"
The Lyrical Groove


"So truth be told
Truth be told, truth be told
You chose to walk a road
only few acknowledged for
a beautiful struggle at your door..."


Funding Opportunities

Youth CareerConnect Grants

Deadline: January 27, 2014


With the funds provided by the Employment and Training Association (ETA), the Youth CareerConnect program is providing grants aimed to prepare high school students for college and future careers through restructuring curricula in order to focus on career opportunities for students as well as building relationships with universities and employers to supplement classroom instruction.

Through six core elements, the Youth CareerConnect program hopes to expand opportunities available to students. 


Deadline: January 2014


Through the Champions for Healthy Kids program, the General Mills Foundation will award 50 grants of $10,000 to nonprofit organizations working to improve nutrition and physical fitness behaviors for youth (ages 2-18). 


Bonnie Plants: 3rd-Grade Cabbage Program February 1, 2014 


Bonnie Plants delivers millions of free cabbage plants each year to students in third grade classes throughout the country. The program offers students a chance to get a unique, hands-on gardening experience through growing colossal cabbages, reaping hefty harvests, and the possibility of winning "best in state" and a scholarship. Maximum award: $1,000 scholarship towards education from Bonnie Plants. Eligibility: teachers of 3rd grade nationally, with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii.


National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards 

February 10, 2014 


The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is inviting applications for the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The twelve award-winning programs will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President's Committee's Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony at the White House. In addition, winners will receive an award plaque, the opportunity to attend the Annual Awardee Conference in Washington, DC in the summer of 2014, and will be featured on the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award website. After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs sponsored by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations; educational institutions (e.g., preschools; elementary, middle, and high schools; universities; and colleges), arts centers, community service organizations, businesses, and eligible government entities are encouraged to consider submitting an application.  

To see more funding opportunities, click here.
OST News 


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OST Research

School Climate and Discipline Guidance
The U.S. Department of Education and Justice have issued new guidance on how school leaders can ensure discipline policies are created and administered in a nondiscriminatory manner. The Guidance Package includes Guiding Principals, School Climate and Discipline Resources, a Compendium of School Discipline Laws and Regulations, Overview of the Support School Discipline Initiative, and additional resources. 

To access this information, click here.


Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, Third Edition


MENTOR's keystone publication on mentoring standards has been recently updated and released to include the latest research and practice wisdom available to help mentoring relationships thrive and endure.


To download the toolkit, click here.



The ABCs of School-Based Mentoring


Education Northwest provides this guide for school-based mentoring programs and effective strategies for providing quality youth mentoring in schools and communities. The Guide includes an overview of school-based mentoring programs and practical methods for planning and implementing the program. This includes mentor recruitment, participant screening and training, making matches, and supervision and support.

To access this guide, click here.

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ADVOCATE for out-of-school time programs and keep the lights on and doors open for youth during the critical hours! 


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In This Issue
Program Highlight
Staff Highlight
BOOST Breakfast Club
Youth Activity
Funding and Grants
In the News
Planet BOOST
Free App
Career Corner
Vendor Fair
Speaker's Corner
Resource Center
BOOST Professional Development
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 National Mentoring Month
January is National Mentoring Month. A mentor lets a young person know they are someone who matters. Click here for more resources and ways you can get involved.  


January Poll

Question: What percentage of time do teenager's spend without companionship or supervision?


Click here to take the poll


(December's Trivia Answer: 1.4 million jobs are predicted to be in computer science by 2020.) 


January Contest

What will you resolve to do in 2014?

Post to our Facebook or Twitter your New Year's Resolution
by Friday, January 24th to win!
Free Webinar:  

Parenting for the Long Haul: Everyday Strategies for Creating a Positive Future with Your Kids



Available Now To Watch!
Eugene C. Roehlkepartain
Vice President of Research and Development
Search Institute

Length: 57 minutes


We want our kids to grow up well-be happy, principled, and grounded; do well in school; launch into a meaningful job or career; form lasting, healthy relationships; give back to their communities, nations, and world. Sometimes those aspirations can seem far removed-and a far cry from the day-to-day realities we experience as our kids grow up. As parents, it's easy to get so caught up in today's worries that we forget to focus on the things we are doing every day that make a big difference in the long term. Yet the way we parent "today"-when our kids are growing through childhood and adolescence-plays a key role in kids' long-term choices and success, whether it's about college and career, health, or positive relationships.

 Listen to the webinar here.

Planet BOOST

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Going somewhere exotic or unusual this holiday season? Take a picture in your BOOST Gear, and email it to and you could see yourself here!
Jack Andraka
Photo Taken: Crownsville, Maryland before the #BOOSTChat
December 2013

Bettina Friedman
Owner, Bettinatime, San Diego, CA
Photo Taken: San Diego Youth Services: Storefront EMPIRE CHRISTMAS, San Diego, CA
December 2013


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Free App of the Month
Space Images


Discover stunning images and videos of space, stars and planets -- including Earth and the sun! -- at your fingertips with the Space Images app from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a leader in robotic exploration of the solar system. 

Visit Google Play to download this app.
Looking for more educational apps? Visit our Resource Center!
Career Corner

Looking for quality staff? 

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


Development Director

One Circle Foundation

San Rafael, CA


New York City Program Manager

Girls Who Code

New York, NY


Program in Education Afterschool and Resiliency

Belmont, MA


View more listings here.

BOOST Vendor Fair
The BOOST 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 

 Camps, School Products, Sports Equipment, Team Building, Other


View their profile here.
Join the BOOST Vendor Fair  
The BOOST 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!  
BOOST Speaker's Corner
The BOOST 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
Andria Fletcher
Center for Collaborative Solutions
Sacramento, CA
View her profile here.
Join the BOOST Speakers Corner

Join the BOOST 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.   


Our Resource Center has a new look!


Now you can see which free resources apply to your grade level for quick, easy browsing!


To browse more resources, click here.




What does ABA, BDD, or BIP mean? Ever in a meeting a confused about acronyms related to counseling and social work?

We've got you covered on the BOOSTOPEDIA! 
Decipher acronyms here

Fact of  the Month

Did You Know?



As of 2012, 31 million primary-school pupils worldwide dropped out of school. An additional 32 million repeated a grade.

Check out 10 more interested facts about education from here.
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