SPRING 2015
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Save the Date:
2015 Oregon Afterschool Conference

OregonASK is proud to announce the 2015 Oregon Afterschool Conference (OAC), "Making it Real." This year the conference will be held at Chemeketa Community College in Salem on November 7, 2015.


This year we are thrilled to have Leslie Beller as the conference's keynote presenter. Three years ago Leslie founded MHA Labs in ChicagoMHA Labs stands for the means and measures of human achievement. Its singular focus is to build and translate the 21st century skills of young people towards personal, community and economic success.


The conference this year will focus on "Making it Real" with four break-out sessions and the key note by Leslie Beller, concentrating on how to take our ideas and visions and make them a reality for our communities, professionals, and students throughout Oregon. Several session break-out tracks will include: Professionalism, Program Management, Equity, Quality & Standards, Health & Wellness, and many more!


Be on the lookout for your save the date in the next several weeks. Registration opens August 1st. If you would like more information about the conference, please contact Katie Lakey. Looking forward to having you join the conversation!

Summer Happenings:
SL3 & Zero Robotics


OregonASK is getting ready for summer as we select SL3 sites for this year and start a new endeavor into Zero Robotics

Our Summer Learning, Summer Library, Summer Lunch (SL3) program will be operating at 30 sites around Oregon, including in the Eugene area, the Salem-Keizer school district, and in the Portland metro area. The Summer Learning Partnership, which includes Oregon State Library, Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Program, National Summer Learning Association, Oregon College Savings Plan and the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, is excited to continue growing the number of sites and partners as we engage OMSI to bring science, technology, engineering, and math learning activities to many of our sites. 


We are also excited to help facilitate the implementation of MIT's Zero Robotics Summer Spheres Program  

at six sites throughout Oregon. Through the 5-week curriculum, teams of middle schoolers will learn to program SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites), which are robots inside the International Space Station. Teams will start their training July 6th and end with a live-feed demonstration from the International Space Station, held at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum August 14th.


Oregon Girls Collaborative Forums

We are excited to host our final forum of the season in Wilsonville on June 19th. Please Register Here to join us for a deeper dive into strategies for Engaging Girls in STEM at all levels. We will have a panel of young women share about their experiences and triumphs in STEM, while taking time to discuss how exemplary practices may be implemented in your own program

Thank you to all who joined us on our road show in Eugene, Klamath Falls, Newport and Bend!
OASK Training Road Show

While the Road to Quality never ends, for OregonASK the 2015 Training Roadshow is complete. OregonASK trainers packed up their Wilsonville office and took training to school age providers in Springfield, Eugene, Medford, Bend, and Newport. More than 100 afterschool professionals attended our Road to Quality training events this spring. 

Participants shared their appreciation for the training and let our staff know that they want more school age specific training in their regions.
Mythos Challenge Youth Council
 Hard at Work


The Mythos Challenge is in full swing with workshops, videos, and online toolkits. The Youth Council has been hard at work judging the submitted games and planning the Opening Gala of the exhibition and projects at the Portland Art Museum on June 25th. Check out the Youth Council and competition details here.

2015 Governor's Volunteer Awards

Do you know a volunteer who deserves recognition for their outstanding work? Is there a business with an exceptional volunteer program that you want to honor? Nominate them for a Governor's Volunteer Award!


The annual Oregon Governor's Volunteer Awards honors some of Oregon's most dedicated individuals and organizations for their commitment to voluntary service benefiting the state and its people. The awards are hosted by the Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service with presenting sponsor Wells Fargo. Award winners are recognized at the annual Oregon Governor's Volunteer Awards Luncheon.


The nomination deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 2, 2015. 


Click here to learn more or start your nomination!

Resources & Opportunities
Win a $1,000 prize for your STEM Afterschool and Summer Program!

OregonASK is pleased to announce that the Noyce Foundation, with support from the C.S. Mott Foundation, has launched the STEM Uncovered: 2015 Video Competition challenging young people and their after school programs to creatively tell their stories about how STEM learning continues to keep them engaged and inspires their future career plans. For more information, see our announcement HERE

Fuel Up to Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 grant funding applications for up to $4,000/school are open now through June 16th.  These grants support healthy eating and physical activity initiatives and are great ways bring school wellness policies to life for students, staff and school communities. The program and grants are great ways to link in and out of school wellness initiatives. Last year, 22 Oregon schools received Fuel Up to Play 60 grant funding. Two of these schools were also awarded the Oregon Department of Education School Wellness Award this spring. 


Check out the online application. For questions regarding the Fuel Up to Play 60 program in Oregon or for help with the grant application, please contact Crista Hawkins, Oregon Dairy Council Fuel Up to Play 60 Manager. or 503-229-5033.

Northwest Council for Computer Education: Free Summer Workshop

To register and for more information, please go to NCCE.

Funding Opportunities
The mission of the Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. The Foundation's Community Grants Program supports projects that address one of the Foundation's four primary funding priorities: Nurture Children and Strengthen Families, Enhance Educational Opportunities, Increase Cultural Opportunities, and Preserve and Improve Oregon's Livability through Citizen Involvement. Grants, which generally average $20,000 to $22,000, are typically provided to small and moderate-sized nonprofit organizations.
Due July 31, 2015