In this edition of KYOSA e-news:

  • STEM System Challenge Grant Awarded to the Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance
  • Save the Date! Trauma Informed Care Training Coming Soon
  • Facebook Engineer for the Week
  • ThinkBIG Challenge
  • 3 Things Everyone Should Know About SEL in Afterschool
  • Pin of the Month

STEM System Challenge Grant Awarded to the Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance

STEM Next has awarded $60,000 to KYOSA to support STEM system building across the state.  Project objectives include:
  • Increase the number and range of partners engaged in the system building work;
  • Expand professional development systems and program quality efforts to increase the range and quality of STEM learning opportunities in afterschool and summer;
  • Increase policy and practice changes that support high quality STEM learning programs; and
  • Expand data efforts to better inform quality efforts for program improvement and demonstrate impact of system work.
We are currently seeking partners to assist in implementation of this work.  If you are interested or would just like to learn more, please take a moment to complete a very brief survey (linked below) to help us gain a better understanding of how we might collaborate.
Get Involved!

We'd like to extend a special thank you to the members of our STEM Coalition work groups and consultants who played an integral role in shaping our STEM System Challenge grant application.

Linda Robinson
Rae McEntyre
Terry Spurlock
Laura Lewter
Darlene Hoover
Carol Leggett

Brandy Schweitzer
Shelley Douthitt
Linda Stone
April Pieper
Debbie Zipes
Maryann Stimmer

Save the Date! Trauma Informed Care Training Coming Soon

KYOSA is proud to offer a live, online Trauma Informed Care training designed for front-line program staff.  Join us June 15th, 10:00-1:00 as we discuss what trauma is, how it affects behavior, and how to best meet the needs of children and teens dealing with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Trauma Informed Care certified trainer April Pieper will be facilitating this interactive, online training.

If you are interested in participating in this training or if you'd like to arrange a face-to-face training in your area, please contact Tamsyn Oakes at

Facebook Engineer for the Week

Facebook is launching a new community program called "Facebook Engineer For The Week". They are inviting teams of aspiring engineers to participate in this program that connects communities across the nation with current Facebook Engineers. Together with an adult Facilitator, two youth ages 13-19 will participate as a team to embark on an engineering design process to solve a real Facebook challenge, like building a working chatbot for your local community. Together, the youth, in-person adult facilitator, and Facebook engineers (joining by Facebook digital platforms), will form a "Scrum team". They will spend 6-8 hours total over 3 weeks engaged in real engineering processes. Facebook hopes that Engineer for the Week will be a way to bring the teens closer to creating and using technology for good. Please go here for details on Facilitator guides and training, technical requirements, and more. Contact for more information, or if interested in participating.

ThinkBIG Challenge

The ThinkBIG Challenge is a global challenge of the girl created and girl focused ThinkSTEAM organization. The ThinkBIG Challenge is designed to ignite, highlight, and amplify girls' interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). The video contest challenges girls to explore the importance of STEM. Individually or in teams, young women will use their imagination and creativity to create a quick 1-4 minute video highlighting their personal passions for STEM engagement, inspiring other girls to enter STEM fields and/or how this can be done through the arts. Participating teams may win any of a selection of prizes generously donated by ThinkSTEAM partners.

To be eligible to participate in the ThinkBIG Challenge, students must be between the ages of 8 to 14 as of July 1st, 2018 and identify as female. Submissions are due by August 15th, 2018. Teams can range in size from 1-3 girls. No more than 3 girls per team and participants may only join one team.

The choice is up to you: sing, act, dance, or just speak - but make sure it is appropriate for all ages!

For more information on the ThinkSTEAM Challenge, check out
To learn more about ThinkSTEAM, read the guest blog by founder Jothi Ramaswamy on the Afterschool Snack, here.

3 Things Everyone Should Know About SEL in Afterschool

Afterschool and summertime programming have a significant impact on youth. When social-emotional learning and afterschool come together, amazing things can happen. Read all about it.

Pin of the Month

Summer is our FAVORITE time of year for informal learning opportunities. As we near the end of the school year, we hope you'll enjoy our Summer Learning board full of activities to keep kids active and learning in the summer months. If you try any of these ideas this summer let us know, we'd love to hear how it went!
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