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Health and Wellness Newsletter

CAN Health & Wellness Newsletter- It’s Time for a Safe Transition Back to School
October 27, 2021

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Welcome to CAN’s Health & Wellness Newsletter! In the third installment of our revamped Newsletter, we will 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. As schools navigate the fall school year and new funding opportunities in California to support young people, operating safely is a priority, for all students and educators. 


STEAM Newsletter – Celebrating Girls in STEM!
October 21, 2021

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This October we are celebrating girls and women in STEAM! “Let’s reimagine who can be an engineer; who can build; who can make. Let’s reimagine the future,” is the mission of the Million Girls Moonshot (MGM). As we celebrate the women in this field, it’s a perfect opportunity to explore MGM’s four transformative practices: 

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CAN Newsletter – Happy Autumn!
October 13, 2021

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As we say goodbye to summer and start to transition into winter, we welcome the Fall Season. The leaves begin to change color, the weather gets a bit colder and the sun sets earlier in the day. October also marks National Disability Employment Awareness and National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month

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CA Celebrates the 2021 Lights On Afterschool!
October 28, 2021

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Join CAN and thousands of communities in celebrating and rallying for afterschool programs as the Afterschool Alliance organizes the 22nd annual Lights On Afterschool!

This special edition newsletter will connect our CA Expanded Learning and OST programs and partners with resources, events, and tips to plan Lights On Afterschool (LOA) Events. Be sure to check our Lights On Afterschool webpage for weekly updates until October 28th!

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STEAM Newsletter – Environmental Literacy and Revving up for Fall
August 17, 2021

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As schools and OST programs return and welcome students, educators, families, and communities to the 2021-2022 school year, we recognize the unique times we continue to work through. While we continue to experience the COVID pandemic and its layers of challenges, unfortunately, regions of Northern California are also currently experiencing destructive wildfires. These fires are damaging homes, schools, communities, and ultimately impacting the environment. Our hearts, thoughts, and support are extended to our OST family and communities affected by these fires.

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CAN Newsletter – Back to School!
August 10, 2021

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Happy 2021-2022 School Year! As we approach the close of the Summer Break, we welcome the Back to School season! Despite the challenges of operating schools and programs during the pandemic and its highs and lows, OST educators continue to rise to the occasion, and support children, youth, families, and communities. 

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STEAM Newsletter – A Summer of STEM
July 20, 2021

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Welcome to CAN’s monthly STEAM newsletter!

This month, the Million Girls Moonshot will continue to focus on tools and resources for Networks, programs, and partners as they implement STEM in summer programming. As programs across the country slowly head back to hybrid and in person programming, this is an opportunity to reintroduce the four transformative programming areas: equity and inclusion, engineering mindsets, role models, mentors and families, and STEM pathways and transitions to the field and families.

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CAN Newsletter- Summer is Here!
July 13, 2021

Students running around a Summer camp

Summer learning can offer opportunities for children and youth to engage in fun, explore something new with hands-on, learning experiences, and make new connections and friends. Especially, after a school year of high levels of pivoting and a hybrid blend of online and in-person school experiences, the Summer season offers an opportunity to be engaged in learning opportunities and prepare young people for the school year to come.  

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CA State Budget Updates
July 2, 2021

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We know there are many questions about the state budget and you all have been patiently waiting for updates! We don’t have all the answers yet but wanted to share what we do know. Below is what we know as of this moment, and things are rapidly shifting, so by the time you actually read this email, it could have changed!

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STEAM Newsletter – A Summer of STEM
June 15, 2021

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Welcome to CAN’s monthly STEAM newsletter!

This month, the Million Girls Moonshot will focus on tools and resources for Networks, programs, and partners as they implement STEM in summer programming. As programs across the country slowly head back to hybrid and in person programming, this is an opportunity to reintroduce engineering mindset, role models, and reach out to families. 

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CAN Newsletter – Celebrating Pride Month!
June 8, 2021

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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. 

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CAN Newsletter – Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage and Mental Health Awareness Month
May 12, 2021

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Each year the month of May highlights the opportunity to celebrate our AAPI community of children, youth, and educators. This year we celebrate and recognize the great contributions the AAPI Community has made to our nation, but also reflect on and condemn the violence and hatred that has been directed at the AAPI Community. We, as a nation, need to do better. We need to continue to teach, to learn and unlearn, and rebuild our communities with love, empathy, and inclusivity. Our AAPI children, youth, educators, and communities deserve equitable spaces to learn, live and thrive!

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CAN Newsletter – Our Commitment to Whole Children, Whole Families, and Whole Communities
April 15, 2021

In Lifting Others We Rise

Thank you for all the work you do each and every day for the children, youth, families, schools, and communities of California. As schools reopen, as we all prepare for summer, and as we continue to support the healing and recovery of those we serve and who need it most, we and those we serve also continue to endure so much.

We are heartbroken by acts of violence involving law enforcement, students, and community members in Minnesota, Virginia, and Tennessee. We acknowledge that these acts can add to the trauma and stress that already exists for those we serve. We hope you find useful resources below to support staff, children, youth, and families through these challenging times.

At CAN we will not rest until we attain equitable, just communities, where everyone is well known, well cared for, and prepared to thrive. We know that our efforts to advance positive youth development are only truly attainable when they take place in the context of these more equitable conditions. We remain committed to our advocacy and technical assistance to support safe, equitable, culturally relevant, anti-racist environments for thriving children and families.  We thank you for all you do every day to do the same.     

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STEAM Newsletter – Diverse Role Models and Mentors
March 23, 2021

Two students working together on a project.

Welcome to CAN’s second monthly STEAM newsletter! 

This month, the Million Girls Moonshot continues to focus on diverse role models and mentors as a strategy to strengthen equity and inclusion across the Networks and in STEM programs. They dive deeper into how programs can incorporate STEM role models and provide examples of role models in action. Whether you are inviting a role model to visit your afterschool program, organizing a panel of STEM professionals, connecting with a role model virtually, or viewing a role model video, these resources ensure a positive, impactful experience for the participants and the role models.

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CAN Newsletter – Planning for Summer
March 9, 2021

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As we enter a full year of being in the pandemic, education as a whole has shifted in many ways to become a more equitable, accessible, and just place for our students. We are currently living in a major moment for our summer learning community. Education leaders across the spectrum from school districts, nonprofit programs, camps, and government agencies to policymakers across the U.S., all agree that this summer must be utilized to help young people learn, grow, and recover like never before.