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  • seedling growing through concrete

    Connecting with Nature in a Concrete Jungle

    February 13, 2019

    "There's a tree that grows in Brooklyn... It grows in boarded-up lots and out of neglected rubbish heaps. It grows up out of cellar gratings. It is the only tree that grows out of cement. It grows lushly... survives without sun, water, and seemingly without earth" (Smith 1943).

    brick building and concrete parking lot

  • Children learning to work together on a soccer team.

    OST Programs - Where the Magic Happens!

    December 11, 2018

    Children learning to work together on a soccer team.

    Kids in the midst of a gardening activity stopping to examine grasshoppers in the garden.

    Youth learning about and solving real-world problems.

  • STEM Celebrations in December

    STEM Celebrations in December

    November 30, 2018

    World AIDS Day, Computer Science Education Week, Hour of Code, Disability Day, World Soil Day, International Day of Veterinary Medicine, Gingerbread House Day, Games Day

  • Out-of-School Time STEM Learning Opportunities Inspire Young People to Explore, Discover & Create

    Out-of-School Time STEM Learning Opportunities Inspire Young People to Explore, Discover & Create

    November 13, 2018

    The process of teaching and learning science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) offers youth opportunities to make sense of the world they live in and prepare them for the future workforce. High-quality STEM opportunities help youth develop critical-thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills; enhance creativity; and engage in an investigative process.

  • STEM Celebrations in November

    STEM Celebrations in November

    October 22, 2018

    Family Literacy Day, International Games Week, National STEM Day, National Day of Design, International Science Center and Science Museum Day, Project Feeder Watch, Veteran's Day, American Education Week, America Recycles Day

  • volunteer frontline staff members walking together and laughing

    Staff are the Key to Quality OST Programs

    October 16, 2018

    Even though our legislators and government don't always appear to see the importance of out-of-school time (OST) programs, those of us who have worked in the field or have children who attend these programs, know that they make a huge difference in the lives of children and families. Why are they so effective in supporting youth success?