Winter 2013  

Upcoming Trainings

Breaking News - Scholarship Dollars Available!!!

Our Quality Programs series is the first training series to be offered as a cohort eligible for those working in licensed programs to receive the Betty Grey Scholarship dollars! Please contact Lynn Kneeland for more information and to register for the first two Modules!

[email protected]

or call 503-689-1656!

Module 3: Academic Practices and Youth Outcomes

Mar. 5 - Mar. 29 

Three common factors for quality programs and academic programming include goals, standards based learning and research based curriculum. In this module we will explore instructional practices and how 

academic skill development can encourage students to build social skills and facilitate learning.

10 hours Set Two CKC: LEC


Cost: OASK/NAA Members: $100 Non-members: $125


Register Here! 


Licensed Child Care? Email Lynn Kneeland to find out how you can access scholarship funds! 

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Faces & Places - KIDS UNLIMITED

by Mary Masla, OregonASK Field Correspondent  


This month we'd like to highlight one of our partner organizations Kids Unlimited. Tom Cole, Executive Director of KU exemplifies the passion it takes to build a community-changing youth development organization. Rather than tell you about Tom's passion, we'd like to share the following letter Tom wrote to the Oregon Education Investment Board's Youth Development Council in support of all afterschool and youth development organizations in our state. We think this letter exemplifies the power of not only youth development, but also the passion it takes to create a quality and impactful organization.


Here is an excerpt from the letter, please follow THIS LINK to our website to read the full letter.  


"Yaremi joined our after school programs while she was an elementary student and through it received help with her homework while providing her with a daily environment with capable adults who helped to provide the necessary support in order for her, like many students similar to her, feel like they can return to class with the belief they can achieve and more importantly know they had support to navigate difficulties.


The after school program provided many things for Yaremi. It was the first place she learned to dance, be a part of theatre and film and take her first field trip. She learned to use a computer and often the after school program's media lab at our center became the place that she could have the resources and support to keep up with middle and high school demands. While Kids Unlimited provided her with daily homework help, weekend programs, summer camps, tutors, mentors and lots of other engaging programs, it most importantly provided an opportunity.


In our community as in many communities, kids of poverty are often under-represented in programs because of both financial and in the case of our Latino culture, langue barriers. This year Yaremi Mejia graduates from South Medford H.S. and will be the first kid in the history of her family to go to college. She has accepted a full ride scholarship to play basketball at Portland State University. She was an All State basketball player and a member of a historic basketball team from South Medford that made history with a first ever state championship and a perfect 30&0 season. She was the point guard. She is the first Latina in the history of this state to have this honor and the first to attend a division 1 university on a basketball scholarship. While basketball was an opportunity presented to her that kept her connected, it was the focus on education that truly allows her to recognize both dreams. This relationship to leveling the playing field and recognizing how important community based after school programs are to the success of our kids is imperative."

Announcing Book Award Winners!
The American Library Association has just announced this year's book award winners - these are great books to recommend to your young readers, and programs!  

John Newbery Medal for the most
outstandingcontribution to children's literature: "The One and Only Ivan," written by Katherine Applegate, is the 2013 Newbery Medal winner.  





Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: "This Is Not My Hat," illustrated and written by Jon Klassen.     





Coretta Scott King Book Award
recognizing an African American author
and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults: 

"Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America," written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney is the King Author Book winner. 

For more book and video recommendations, visit the American Library Association. 
VISTA Update
Well, it seems that Old Man Winter made his presence known last month, but hopefully spring is on its way! Districts are already halfway into the school year and February looks promising for progress. Each
program continues to work hard and show progress in implementing their sustainability plans or following the TFP modules to create a sustainability plan. Here are some of the success stories so far:

First up, Salem-Keizer is staying grounded to their political cores in advocating for not just Enrichment Academy, but afterschool as a whole. They wish to see afterschool embedded into the community's culture. In effort to see that happen, there is a huge opportunity at the Day of the Capitol on March 20th to promote afterschool programs, which SKEF
Directors and members will participate in. Additionally, they are looking forward to expanding Enrichment Academy into new elementary sites, and creating a communication plan that will help influence key champions and help build community support.

Without wasting any more time, MFS in North Clackamas is taking expedited steps towards creating a sustainability plan. They will review their program's budget analysis and determine their financial gap. Along with the gap analysis, the North Clackamas LST will outline their strategies for filling the next few years' funding gaps. After implementing these short-term strategies, the group will turn its attention to long-term sustainability strategies.

Woodburn is well on its way to planning a district-wide STEM Festival, which will take place on March 14th. Woodburn's Program Director has partnered with the School District to put on an awesome, fun and educational STEM event for parents, educators, and students. With assistance from OregonASK VISTA and program staff, this event will help
showcase the powerful and important things happening in the afterschool program, and their connections to the school day. Building greater community support is a key component to Woodburn's sustainability plan. Additionally, Woodburn will be re-analyzing their budget and participation fees, and has been writing several grants, in order keep the program going next year.

Forest Grove is in the beginning stages of strategic financing. They have created a finance breakdown, and the group is now familiar with the approaching funding gaps. An initial brainstorming session provided ideas for filling these gaps, along with writing grants with the assistance of a PSU Master's in Public Administration student.

In Eugene, Falls City, Florence, Mapleton and Springfield, it's all about spreading the word on the Power of Afterschool.

Eugene and Falls City have promotional fliers that they will be printing and distributing to local leaders in their communities in the next couple of months in order to increase awareness of the program. Each uniquely highlights their programs and how they serve students academically, mentally and socially.

Florence had a great sustainability meeting that included utilizing their new mayors' expertise on campaigning. Florence and Springfield look to be kicking off afterschool awareness campaigns to educate community
members about the amazing programs and benefits currently running in their school districts.

Mapleton is excited to share their story of success helping students by providing a safe, fun and engaging learning environment after school. The sustainability team and youth leadership board will be working hard on their outreach strategies in the coming months to gather local support to
supplement the grants and business donations they are also seeking.
Partner Opportunities...
Looking for Youth Mini-Keynotes!
My Future - My Choice are searching for two youth 19 or younger to deliver a mini keynote speech at this year's Adolescent Sexuality Conference. They are asking youth across Oregon to submit 5 minute speeches (written or video) on "What I would like everyone to know about youth and sexual health." Selected youth will receive free registration to the conference as well as two free nights at a hotel in Seaside for themselves and a chaperone. Click here for the contest guidelines and more information. Submission deadline is February 20, 2013. See flyer below!

Lead instructor needed for
'Social Justice: STEM solutions' camp
Saturday Academy  

This camp runs M-F, 9am -3:30 pm for grades 9-12. They have not chosen dates yet as it depends on the lead instructor's availability. The idea behind this camp is to use STEM to create solutions for current social justice issues (see below). The main instructor would; create activities that make the problems come alive; make connections between presenters about how STEM can create solutions; oversee the engineering challenge in the afternoon; add their own expertise into the camp.


Below is more information about the camp:  

Through project-based exploration, student will learn how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can be used to address social justice issues. Professionals from our community will explain how they use STEM to address disparities in resources.  During this five day camp, students will embark on a journey to discover how climate change, health, food scarcity and water quality create social justice issues at local and international levels.


The program will explore four social justice themes:

  • Climate Change
  • Health
  • Food Scarcity and poverty
  • Water sanitation

Other possible topics:

  • *Race: Biological Anthropology
  • *Energy 
For more information click here.


SPRINT Summer Leader Training Dates Announced
This year's SPRINT training day has been announced - 

Saturday, June 1st

Willamalane Center
250 S 32nd St  Springfield, OR 97478

Keep an eye out here for more information!