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  • 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

    December 1

    World AIDS Day works to ensure that those who suffer from AIDS can live in a safer, more understanding world and help further research to eliminate it. How to celebrate World AIDS 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.

  • 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?

  • Making Connections to STEAM Careers

    Making Connections to STEAM Careers

    September 25, 2018

    At an early age, I discovered a talent for drawing and painting. I recall my Kindergarten classmates telling me, "You should be an artist when you grow up." Over many years, that talent grew into a passion. However, as I got older I had a difficult time seeing potential careers within my passion for the arts and creativity. I ended up pursuing a career in graphic design.

  • paint in cups with paint brushes

    What is STEAM?

    September 11, 2018

    Recently, STEAM has caught on as a buzzword in K-12 and afterschool learning. Short for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, STEAM is more than a subject area. It is meant to be an interdisciplinary way to develop creative problem-solving skills in youth.

    The arts have a profound impact on youth, educators, and educational environments (Fiske, 1999). In fact, the arts have the ability to: