June Newsletter: Celebrating Pride Month!
June 8, 2021
Say no to hate. Stick with love. Our work in youth development needs to be centered on equity; where we create, build, and maintain emotionally and physically inclusive spaces for ALL children and youth to learn, grow, and be unapologetically themselves.
As we celebrate Pride Month, we also continue to stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ community of youth and adults. We support the work to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ+ Americans, of all ages. In schools and OST programs, we have the opportunity to talk with young people about LGBTQ+ people and their struggles to achieve equity and justice in all aspects of their lives. It is also a great opportunity to learn about those who have created change in our communities.
As educators and thought-leaders, we have a shared responsibility to advocate for and create Anti-Bias and authentically diverse learning environments, where children and youth are loved, included, and embraced for the special humans they are. In doing so, we can create opportunities that empower a sense of belonging and connectedness for youth to thrive and develop into future community builders and changemakers. “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama
Below are a few resources that may offer support as you engage in this work to support all children, youth, and educators.
- Supporting LGBTQ+ Students (CDE)
- Safe and Inclusive Schools for All (Anti-Defamation League – ADL)
- ADL Tips for Respectful Conversations in Schools, Workplaces, and Communities (For Educators, Families and Caregivers, and Students)
- A Guide to Gender Identity Terms (NPR / GLAAD Glossary of Gender Identity Terms)
- 4 Ways To Make Your Workplace More Equitable for Trans People (NPR Life Kit Podcast: 20 minutes)
- Best Practices for Serving LGBTQ Students (Learning For Justice Article, Poster, Webinar)
- Celebrating PRIDE Month: FREE Lesson Plans, Resources, and Activities
The CAN Team
This report was created by WestEd and commissioned by the California AfterSchool Network.
The report, drawing on data from the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), examines the extent to which afterschool programs* may help foster more protective factors among its participants compared to their peers who were not program participants.
Below are some excerpts from the report that outline the Protective Factors Framework and key findings.
The Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) is pleased to announce the posting of the Intent to Award for the After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program and the After School Education and Safety (ASES) Frontier Transportation Grant.
Dr. Terry K. Peterson and Dr. Deborah Lowe Vandell teamed up to highlight the evidence base that shows well-designed and well-delivered summer enrichment and comprehensive afterschool can address “learning loss,” accelerate learning and expand opportunities for student success.
The findings are part of extensive research- and evidence-based that supports local and state leaders’ efforts to address learning loss and acceleration by investing ESSER III and other funds to expand access, as called out in the law, for “summer learning or summer enrichment” and/ or “comprehensive afterschool programs” and to improve existing opportunities in high-need neighborhoods and schools.
PACE has published a new brief entitled Restorative Restart: The Path Towards Reimagining and Rebuilding Schools, as a result of COVID-19’s impact on students of color, students from low-income families, English learners, and other marginalized children and youth. The purpose of this brief is to highlight while many want to return to normalcy, the systems that were in place were not working for these margnialized students and that the 2021-2022 school year is a perfect opportunity reimagine and rebuild equitable school systems where all students have the support and opportunities they need to thrive.
Spencer Foundation and LPI have published a new report entitled Summer Learning and Beyond: Opportunities for Equitable Learning Postpandemic, which points to the need for learning environments centered on strong teacher-student relationships that address students’ social and emotional learning especially in a time where students have experiences multiple forms of trauma in the past year in the forms of the pandemic and racialized violence.
As public parks and schools continue to open across California, this summer will feel different than last. The National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative was created to collect resources in one place to include guidance on transforming outdoor spaces into outdoor learning centers, strategies for teaching and learning, and health considerations in a world still experiencing a pandemic in order to overcome some of the many existing inequities online and distance learning exacerbated for low-income families and students of color.
Out-of-School Time Programs This Summer: Paving the Way for Children to Find Passion, Purpose & Voice
The Wallace Foundation’s new presentation, in partnership with Edge Research and Learning Heroes, entitled Out-of-School Time Programs This Summer: Paving the Way for Children to Find Passion, Purpose & Voice – Parent, Teacher & OST Provider Perceptions discovered that after a year of pandemic-induced isolation, parents’ top priorities for their children’s summer programs are addressing their social and emotional health, providing physical outdoor activities and helping them discover their passion and purpose. These findings are based off of surveys in February and March 2021 as well as interviews and focus groups conducted earlier in December to see what parents’ top priorities for summer programs would be this summer.
California school districts are offering robust summer school programs with an emphasis on fun to help reconnect students to their schools. Experts say schools won’t be able to combat learning loss until they deal with the social and emotional needs of children who have been away from their peers and teachers for more than a year and may have experienced other trauma during the pandemic.
Supporting LGBTQ+ Students: A Virtual Roundtable about CA Education Code 218
June 9, 2021 at 3:00 PM
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and the California Department of Education will be celebrating Pride 2021 with a webinar series.
Free Webinar! An Unprecedented Opportunity: Co-Creating the Post-Pandemic Future of Children’s Health and Well-being
June 9, 2021; 10:00 AM- 11:15 AM
The Center for Collaborative Solutions (CCS) is offering a FREE Webinar opportunity!
It’s time to seize the moment! Three proven strategies can combine to help us take full advantage of our post-pandemic world—helping us to lift the wellbeing of children and their families to a whole new level.
America’s Promise Alliance is launching a new round of $300 mini-grants through the Power of Youth Challenge: Serve This Summer, made possible through support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
The Power of Youth Challenge puts funds directly in the hands of young people age 13-19 to design and execute a service project of their choice within their own communities.
Elevate Youth California is a statewide program supporting community leaders who are addressing substance use disorder by investing in the youth leadership development and activism of youth of color and LGBTQ+ youth.
This opportunity is part of the Prop 64 grant program managed by the Department of Health Care Services and administered by the Center at Sierra Health Foundation. This program is focused on supporting youth ages 12-26 in communities of color disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs.
Help Raise Awareness of Afterschool and Summer Programs’ Role During the Pandemic & Win $$!
Deadline: Sunday, June 27, 11:59 PM PDT
Your Voice Matters!
This summer will be one for the books. As states begin to lift statewide coronavirus-related restrictions and vaccinations continue to roll out, the public is hopeful for a return to normal in the near future. A recent survey of parents of school-age children found that nearly two-thirds say that they are comfortable sending their child to in-person summer activities.
21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Grant Program 2021 Summer Symposium
July 20-22, 2021
The U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce that registration for the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Grant Program 2021 Summer Symposium is now open!
This three-day event provides State education agencies (SEAs) and their grantees with plenary sessions and workshops with successful strategies in implementing and managing all components of the program. It also offers an opportunity for the Department to provide important updates regarding the 21st CCLC program.
Powerful Partnerships: Schools and Afterschool and Summer Programs Together for Student Recovery and Success
In May, Afterschool Alliance hosted with help from the School Superintendents Association, ”Powerful Partnerships: Schools and Afterschool and Summer Programs Together for Student Recovery and Success”. They explore what’s possible, how to quickly form effective partnerships, and how to maximize an investment in community-based partners for student recovery.
Survey: Promoting Civic Engagement and Activism in Expanded Learning Programs and Promising Practices
Temescal Associates and the How Kids Learn Foundation are developing a briefing paper on Promoting Civic Engagement and Activism in Expanded Learning Programs and Promising Practices. They are asking expanded learning programs who offer civic engagement or activism to submit their practices using Survey Monkey.
Adolescents are always at the forefront of societal change. Young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) are often tackling these developmental tasks with the added challenges of discrimination and victimization from their communities, schools, peers, and even families. The Center for the Developing Adolescent offers a list of resources for how to support the young people in your life.
Mentoring Connector is a free service designed to help quality youth mentoring programs across the US recruit volunteer mentors. This resources allows for the programs listed in the database to be more accessible to potential mentors when they search for a volunteer opportunity near them.
The Mentoring Connector includes new search parameters, targeting options and updated mentoring program information. Each year, their collective call-to-action through national initiatives results in more than 60,000 searches in the system.
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