CAN Newsletter – Reflecting on Current Events
July 12, 2023

CAN Newsletter
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We hope that this July you are finding yourself in the midst of successful summer programs and that you had an enjoyable Fourth of July. As we celebrate America’s independence, we also reflect on the principles of freedom and dissent that were core to its founding. CAN is part of a national network of statewide afterschool networks. As such, we have the unique opportunity to see how policies and social movements impact the out-of-school time community nationwide. 

Our Executive Director, Jeff Davis reflected on this in a recent How Kids Learn publication, Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Afterschool Programs and Opposing Anti-LGBTQ+ Attacks

In this publication, he outlined:

 “We’re learning our colleagues throughout the country are avoiding terms such as, “Social Emotional Learning (SEL)”, “Whole Child,” and any mention of racial or sex/gender equity. This is because these terms are under attack in particular geographies. But we have to recognize that these political attacks on terminology are actually attacks on human beings. I am so proud of so many colleagues I have met throughout the nation that are moving forward by any means necessary, often code-switching to appease politically-motivated decision-makers so they can continue to do the work of creating safe and supportive learning and enrichment environments for all identities.”  

These policy-based attacks on human beings continue to develop. Most recently with the Supreme Court’s reversal of Affirmative Action, ending race-conscious admission programs at colleges and universities across the country. We really appreciated what the Education Trust-West had to say about what can be done in this new context. In California, Affirmative Action has been banned since the 1990s and has adjusted to meet the needs of our diverse student population, and still has work to do. Comprehensive Expanded Learning and out-of-school time programs can and have supported marginalized students with college access in numerous ways. As we have celebrated America’s independence, CAN continues to celebrate that we can continue to work together to create a more perfect union for all. 

CAN is also celebrating Disability Pride Month this July, commemorating the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in July 1990. The Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California highlight that quality programs create an environment in which students experience values that embrace diversity and equity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, income level, national origin, physical ability, sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression. We appreciate everything you do, each and every day, to create these environments. Following are some resources to help you celebrate Disability Pride Month. 

Finally, last month, CAN staff came together for our annual in-person retreat. Through the process, we had an opportunity to discuss our shared aspirations. As we advance our work, we do so in service of our aspiration for a global, human-centered society. Thank you for all you do to hold humans at the center of your work each and every day. 

Resources to support disability pride month:

In This Newsletter:

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Equity Evolution: CAN’s Growth Story
Vol. 12

A Punk Rock-Shaped Lens on Positive Youth Development – My Equity Journey

By: Jeff Davis

In 2015 I wrote a blog for the BOOST Café about the importance of positive youth development, and specifically about the importance of opportunities for meaningful participation as an important protective factor for me because as I highlight in the blog, 

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Relationships Are the Antidote to The Youth Loneliness Crisis

US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy recently issued an advisory emphasizing the prevalence and impact of loneliness and isolation, stating that disconnection affects mental, physical, and societal well-being. The report highlights that young adults are almost twice as likely to experience loneliness compared to those over 65, while marginalized populations face higher risks. The relationships that we form with others are crucial for healthy bodies and minds.


Strategies for Supporting Newcomer and Immigrant Families Navigating the School System
Tuesday, July 18, 2023; 11:00 AM PST

Join Welcoming America for their upcoming interactive webinar where they will be sharing strategies and resources to best support newcomer and immigrant families in navigating the school system.

Their diverse panel includes district leaders, school administrators, non-profit organizations, and parent advocates who will share their knowledge and expertise on best practices for engaging with families and building strong partnerships with schools and community-based organizations.

Register today!

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Career Girls 2023 AI, Machine Learning, and Robotics Virtual Camp
Monday, July 24 - Thursday, July 27, 2023; Virtual & No Cost Opportunity

Career Girls is proud to present the 2023 AI, Machine Learning, and Robotics Virtual Camp in partnership with the Toyota Research Institute!

Meet women professionals from the Toyota Research Institute who work on AI, Machine Learning, and Robotics using computer science, engineering, math, and physics skills. 

Register by July 11th to receive a FREE robot!

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July is Disability Pride Month

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990. Every July we celebrate Disability Pride Month to commemorate the passage of this landmark civil rights law.

Explore these resources to educate yourself on the history of the Disability Rights movement as well as how you can be an ally to the disabled community:


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