CAN Newsletter – Celebrating AAPI Heritage and Mental Health Awareness Months!
May 12, 2022

CAN Newsletter

3 people in solidarity celebrating AAPI AawarenessHappy Asian American and Pacific Islanders Month! 

Asian American and Pacific Islander folks have contributed significantly to many facets of American culture and society, including science and medicine, literature and art, sports and recreation, government and politics, and activism and law. (Read More

How are youth celebrating AAPI? AAPI Youth Rising is an organization founded by middle-schoolers. Its mission is to take small actions to make positive changes in our communities. In March 2021, AAPI Youth Rising organized a 1,200+ person rally to bring awareness to the increase in xenophobia against Asians in America. What can you do to support youth in your communities and celebrate AAPI? 


Mental Health Awareness Month

The unprecedented youth mental health crisis of today is a wake-up call that we must address as a community. This is why creating youth-centered programs, that promote Whole Child Health & Wellness is essential. Learn about our Whole Child Health & Wellness Community of Practice, and the work CAN is doing with CA partners, to reflect on challenges and barriers, both local and policy, and promising practices that create cross-sector navigation pathways of intervention and treatment, to support children, youth and families.  

In Partnership,

The CAN Team

In This Newsletter:

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Equity Evolution: CAN’s Growth Story
Vol. 8

Hello all! 

My name is Tammy and I am the Americorps VISTA at the California Afterschool Network. I am a recent graduate and going to graduate school this upcoming fall. I am an Asian-American (Chinese) born in Boston and grew up in the midwest. And this is my story…

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A Field Guide for Creating Integrated, School-Based Systems of Care

CAN is a proud contributor to WestEd’s newly released guide - Supporting California’s Children Through a Whole Child Approach: A Field Guide for Creating Integrated, School-Based Systems of Care.

This field guide is a first step by a collaborative of California child-serving education, health, and social service experts and leaders to further California’s current efforts toward one effective, integrated, comprehensive, school-based child-serving system. The guide includes guidance for both local education agencies (LEAs) and state leaders, with details and implementation guidance on a wide variety of cross-sector initiatives to support the whole child.

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Extension Provided for ASES, 21st CCLC, & ASSETS FY 2021-22 Grants
May 4, 2022

Due of the delay in the release of the grant award notifications because of applying the rate increase from the California American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funding, the California Department of Education (CDE), Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) extended the grant award notifications from a normal twelve month grant period to an eighteen month grant period ending on December 31, 2022. 

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New and Updated ELO-Program FAQs Posted!
May 10, 2022

The California Department of Education, Expanded Learning Division, is proud to announce the release of new and updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)!

This email is a notification that the Expanded Learning Opportunities Program now has a total of 26 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Some FAQs have been updated based on feedback from the field. Others are completely new and provide guidance on concepts such as “offer” and “provide access.” 

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Brief: Researchers Should Understand and Adapt Race and Ethnicity Data That Change Over Time

ChildTrends’s new brief entitled Researchers Should Understand and Adapt Race and Ethnicity Data That Change Over Time suggests that researchers looking to examine outcomes for young people over time must consider how they use data in their analyses as individuals’ views about their racial and ethnic identity may change over time as they explore themselves. Ambiguity in how researchers handle data on youths’ chosen racial and ethnic identities may lead to inaccurate understandings of their experiences.

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A Trusted Space

In partnership with CalHOPE and the California Department of Education, all California Educators now have FREE access to A Trusted Space, a 20 minute professional development session that focuses on how to help mitigate the effects of the grief, trauma, anxiety and other emotional stressors that so many students, families, and educators are feeling as they go into the classroom.

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Calling All Afterschool Artists! Lights on Afterschool Poster Contest
Deadline: May 16, 2022

The Lights On Afterschool poster contest is officially open, and this year they’re changing the theme to reflect how youth see themselves and their futures because of their afterschool program! The winning submission will be awarded $500 and will have their design printed on more than 50,000 posters and displayed at more than 8,000 Lights on Afterschool events across the nation.

To learn more about the content and how to submit your artwork, visit their website!


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