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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

California Capitol Rotunda Drawing

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

Goulet diving in the ocean

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

Pride Month- Rainbow

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

April 2021 Time Magazine Cover

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

Children outside with a tarp playing a game

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.  

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CAN Newsletter – We <3 Afterschool!
February 11, 2021

We Love Afterschool, Boy & Girl Holding Hands

Each year in the month of February we celebrate our love for afterschool programs and the amazing staff that support these programs. We hope that you join us this month in sharing the love and celebrating all that is amazing about afterschool!

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CAN Newsletter – 2021: Challenge and Opportunity
January 13, 2021

“You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming.”  - Pablo Neruda

It’s time to envision and create the world our children, families, and communities deserve. 

It seems that each day is a new reminder of stark inequities in our social systems. The very ideal that every person is entitled to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness is far from a reality. The systems designed to support this ideal have long been rooted in white supremacy, racial injustice, economic inequity, and systemic oppression. Last week’s insurrection at the Nation’s Capital only serves to punctuate the systemic challenges we face. Our history has led us to this moment, and this moment is an opportunity.

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CAN Newsletter – Happy Holidays from CAN!
December 15, 2020

Happy Holidays!

2020 has been an unprecedented year, but afterschool has been a grounding force through the uncertainty. 

As we close out 2020, CAN would like to highlight the critical role afterschool plays for youth. It was evident in 2020 in terms of integration with K-12, as well as the very real response we played immediately to address shelter in place.

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CAN Newsletter – Gratitude for Our Field
November 23, 2020


We hope this newsletter finds you and your community safe and healthy as we transition into the darker cooler months of late fall and early winter. November is often a month centered around practicing thankfulness and gratitude for one another. While we always have a deep appreciation for each of you and the work you do, we want to say it again – each of you matters; each day you spend your time and energy supporting students, families, and communities; and your work is extremely impactful, not only in those communities but across the state and the nation.

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Care and Community in Uncertain Times
A Post-Election Message

Women and child with election ballot box

My children are huge fans of the movie Frozen 2, a story of a culture besieged by the transgressions of its past and with an uncertain future. In this uncertain future, we learn we can only do, “the next right thing.” During this election cycle, this has kept me grounded. I have been focused on doing the next right thing. Our work together is too important to be distracted. 

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CAN Newsletter – We’re Here For You!
September 10, 2020

Don't Give Up. You are not alone. You Matter.

2020 has been a year filled with challenge after challenge and many of us have yet to process the trauma that our students, communities, and ourselves are experiencing on a daily basis. Our hearts go out to those that are impacted by the fires all across the state. Thank you to those programs that continue to step up time and time again, crisis after crisis – you can catch a small glimpse of this amazing work during challenging times by checking out CAN’s fireside chats with Michael Funk from the California Department of Education.