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Health and Wellness Newsletter

CAN Health & Wellness Newsletter – Improving Adolescent Mental Health
May 24, 2022

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As we continue to live in the “new normal,” we have become aware of the unprecedented mental health crisis affecting our youth as well as adults. Use this month to learn about mental health and how to fight the stigma to help the ones in your community get the resources they deserve.

This month’s newsletter shares many resources on mental health: how to prioritize one’s mental health, resources for the classroom, and more. 

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STEAM Newsletter: Inventors, Inventions, and Innovation!

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During the month of May, the Million Girls Moonshot and all of its partners celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month). Our country owes a lot of our success to many hardworking, innovative AAPI computer scientists, engineers, and other STEM professionals!

Help celebrate these amazing contributions by incorporating these resources surrounding invention and innovation into the classroom this month and beyond:

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CAN Health and Wellness Newsletter – Helping Mitigate Substance Misuse
April 26, 2022

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Welcome to our Health and Wellness newsletter! This month, we are getting ready to celebrate National Prevention Week starting on May 9th. While this awareness week comes once a year, developing strategies to support the youth in your community should be year-round. In this newsletter, we are sharing multiple resources not only to support the holistic health of the youth in our lives, but also to understand that teachers, administrators, site coordinators, and all other educators that support students should take care of themselves as well.

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STEAM Newsletter – Celebrating Earth Day and Math Awareness Month!
April 19, 2022

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This month the Million Girls Moonshot and all of its partners celebrate Earth Day, Math Awareness Month and Environmental Education Week! Now is the time for all of us — education, business, and civic leaders — to take action on climate in order to preserve and protect our health, our families, and our livelihoods. To do this, we need to inspire the next generation of creative thinkers and problem solvers to design the solutions that will get us there. This Earth Day, let us act boldly, innovate broadly, and implement equitably.

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CAN Newsletter – Spring into Action!
April 13, 2022

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It’s the season of new beginnings! Spring is the season during which the natural world revives and reinvigorates after the colder winter months. During spring, plants begin to grow again, new seedlings sprout out of the ground and hibernating animals awake. In education, it’s also the time of year when we Spring into Action and start preparing for the traditional academic school year to end and continue planning for summer learning experiences.

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CAN Newsletter – Celebrating Women’s History Month!
March 9, 2022

Women's History Month

Every year in March, we celebrate women, their achievements, and their tremendous contributions to our society. Women’s History month also includes International Women’s Day which is observed on March 8th across the world. Each year the National Women’s History Alliance chooses a theme for Women’s History Month and this year, the theme for 2022 is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” Women educators across California, especially in our Expanded Learning and Out of School Time programs, have gone above and beyond to create inclusive enviro

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CAN Health & Wellness Newsletter – Celebrating School-Based Health Care Awareness Month!
February 22, 2022

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Welcome to the second installment of CAN’s Health and Wellness newsletter of 2022! This February, we are celebrating School-Based Health Center Awareness Month! All children and adolescents deserve to thrive and grow into the young adults we know they can be. But too many struggle because they lack access to health care services. School-based health care is a fantastic solution, bringing health care to where students already spend the majority of their time: in school. When health and education come together, great things happen —and our youth are allowed to heal. 


CAN Newsletter – Celebrating Black History Month
February 8, 2022

Black History MonthHappy February! We hope you all are doing well and are staying as healthy and safe as you possibly can. Happy Black History Month!  What is it and why is it important? Below are a few resources and facts to share and help our community strengthen our understanding of Black History Month and ways we might celebrate it this year. We have also added additional resources throughout this newsletter to support our work. 

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CAN Health & Wellness Newsletter – Starting Off On The Right Foot
January 25, 2022

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Welcome to the first installment of CAN’s Health and Wellness newsletter of 2022! 

As we continue to share content surrounding the Whole Child Health and Wellness Vision as well as other approaches that prioritize the cumulative wellness of students in our Expanded Learning programs, don’t forget to think about your mental and physical wellbeing and it’s importance to not only yourself, but the youth you are serving. 

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STEAM Newsletter – Happy New Year!
January 18, 2022

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The start of a new year is a perfect opportunity to reflect on past achievements and upcoming goals for the future.

We debuted our STEAM newsletter in February of last year and since then, we have continued to share resources to encourage STEAM learning. This year, we hope we can continue to further the collective goal of providing a million more girls with STEM learning opportunities and transform the communities we live in for a better tomorrow. 

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CAN Newsletter – Happy New Year!
January 13, 2022

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Happy 2022! The California AfterSchool Network team would like to wish each and every one of you a happy and healthy new year! 

We are grateful for a new year and new opportunities, and we realize the year has started off quite bumpy with the COVID 19 Omicron variant and its impacts on California communities and across the nation. We are hopeful things will start to settle down and improve enough to allow schools and programs to effectively and appropriately support children, youth, and families in our CA communities.

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STEAM Newsletter – Applying Engineering Mindsets through Math and Science
December 21, 2021

Two girls participating in a robotics experimentDecember is always a special time of year. It is a chance to reflect on all of the successes of the year and explore how we might be able to do more as we head into the new year.

With this in mind, Million Girls Moonshot is highlighting STEM learning with an engineering mindset this December! Utilizing this mindset allows us to explore the unknown while applying skills and knowledge we already have – like math and science. Activating an engineering mindset pulls directly from these skills and allows us to solve real-work and relevant challenges.

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CAN Newsletter – Happy Holidays!
December 8, 2021

Holiday tree with an ornament.

Welcome to the close of 2021! Wow, what a challenging, yet incredible year this has been. As we continue to navigate living and surviving a pandemic, EXL and OST practitioners continue to demonstrate how impactful Expanded Learning programs can be in the lives of children and youth.

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CAN Newsletter – It Takes a Village
November 10, 2021

Welcome to November and Native American Heritage Month! Did you know, California has always been home to the largest number of different Native people and their cultures? “Many tribal groups speak different languages, engage in varying traditions, in homelands established for thousands of years that extend beyond state boundaries,”