October 2015
National ESEA Policy Update

As Congress begins conference negotiations to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), we urge you to reach out to your US Representatives to ask for their support in maintaining Title IV language in S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA), which authorizes the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) initiative as a separate and specific federal funding stream for afterschool programs. Visit
  Afterschool Alliance to l
earn more about what you can do to continue to keep 21st CCLC off the cutting block!
NCCE Conference
February 24-26 in Seattle, WA
Keynote Cheryl Strayed 

OregonASK Digital Badges

OregonASK is excited to continue our work on Digital Badges after receiving a second grant from the Mozilla Foundation to support our work developing Digital Literacy pathway and tools with Umatilla STEM Academy. Stay Tuned for more updates to come! 

Register Now for Oregon Afterschool Conference
and start making plans for which of our nearly 40 breakout sessions you will attend!

Whether you are looking for STEM, Program Management or just plain fun ideas, REGISTER NOW to join us on November 7th in Salem!  
Time to Keep Your Lights On
Keep your Lights On this October 22nd, continue inspiring students to build literacy skills, explore STEM, express their creativity and dream big! Whatever you do after school, take this opportunity to tell your community why it matters to the youth and families you serve: 
Spread the Word 
and join the nation in celebration!
Upcoming Training & Opportunities

CryptoClub Oct 9th in Wilsonville for only $89
Learn how you can use games, treasure hunts, and other informal activities to engage students in cryptography and mathematics. You'll practice hands-on activities that apply middle school math standards in this full day training co-facilitated by founder Janet Beissinger.

Oct 24th in Newport for only $30
Participants will explore gender-equitable teaching strategies and hands-on inquiries based on the concepts modeled in SciGirls. Participants will DO activities from the curriculum in groups, exploring lessons as well as approaches, strategies, and tools to promote STEM identity for their students. Lessons are designed for upper elementary and middle school youth. Register Now

Youth Worker Symposium October 15th
Acclaimed youth development thought leader Karen Pittman will be in Portland, addressing an audience of youth workers at the Memorial Coliseum. Karen will talk about the importance of the field of youth work to the well-being of young people in America. All youth development staff are invited to watch the event live as it is streamed online. Streaming starts at 9am, Karen will share from 9:30-10:30am.
CLICK HERE to REGISTER to watch live online for free.
Congratulations OregonASK

As stated by Krina Lee, Executive Director of SKEF, "These (AWESOME) awards honor the unsung heroes who quietly go about their work and make sure every child, everyday has the opportunity to be awesome!" On September 8 with over 500 SKEF supporters in attendance, OregonASK director, Beth Unverzagt accepted an AWESOME award on behalf of OregonASK. The announcement stated, " OregonASK is almost single-handedly responsible for raising the quality of before and after school programs in Oregon. They are advocates on all levels of policy, finance and best practices. They created the bar, and they've kept raising it for themselves and everyone else, including the development of the state quality standards and bringing digital badges to Oregon that help providers show their expertise. They have established the Oregon Girls Collaborative project, a partnership that encourages girls to pursue a career and opportunities in STEM subjects. They bring innovative training and trainers to Oregon."

As OregonASK continues to provide training, technical assistance and policy support for individuals and programs in afterschool and summer across the state, we thank our partners. We are grateful for the recognition of the 10 years of work done in Oregon on behalf of the National Network of Afterschool Networks and the National Afterschool Association. Our work could not be accomplished without the support the C.S. Mott Foundation, Noyce Foundation and the Oregon Department of Education - Early Learning Division 
                                         and so many others.
Apply Now to be a Mythos Challenge Youth Leader
The Mythos Challenge inspires Oregon youth to become digital makers as they connect with other youth and broader learning communities. During this years challenge, students remixed myths from all over the world into digital stories and games. In 2016, the Challenge will expand youth voice with workshops, museum collections, and technology.

The Youth Council is an important piece of this work because it encourages empowerment, responsibility and teamwork for the greater good of many communities. If you are interested in joining the Youth Council,  Apply NOW! Applications Due October 23rd
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