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  • 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:

  • adult volunteers huddled in a team circle

    Secrets to Successfully Onboarding New Staff

    August 21, 2018

    Everyone wants to get new employees onboard and working effectively with youth as quickly as possible. What does it really take to prepare a new employee to work in out-of-school time programs?

  • back to school supplies

    Four Back to School Tips to Share with Families

    August 14, 2018

    Across the country, August can be a time of transition and stress. Starting the school year is a change for the whole family. Here are some tips to share with the families in your summer programs to help them prepare for these changes.

  • Connecting to Community Partners

    Connecting to Community Partners

    August 7, 2018

    Summer is winding down, and everyone's gearing up for the next school year. It always seems to go by so fast! I feel like every summer I have a long to-do list, both personally and professionally, and it never fails that I don't complete everything on my list (or like this summer any of the things on my list). 

  • STEM Celebrations in August

    STEM Celebrations in August

    July 31, 2018

    National Back to School Month, Inventor's Month, World Scout Scarf Day, World Wide Web Day, Sand Castle Day, Farmwork Appreciation Day, Skyscraper Appreciation Day, Internation Youth Day, Rollercoaster Day, and more!