In this edition of KYOSA e-news:

  • Community Coalition Mini-grants
  • Trauma Informed Care for Frontline Staff -- LAST CALL
  • Looking Back at Lights On Afterschool
  • Vote for Kids!
  • Meet and Greet Kids Daily to Build Relationships
  • Latest Strategies for Bringing Health & Wellness to OST
  • Pin of the Month

Community Coalition Mini-grant RFP Now Open!

The Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance (KYOSA) will fund mini-grants to help support community coalitions in their efforts around literacy and health and wellness initiatives in out-of-school time (OST) settings. OST settings are places where children and youth spend their time before and after school, during school breaks, and over the summer. Coalition activities will vary in each community, based on local needs, but will have a clear focus on improving children’s literacy and health. Examples of project activities could include leading local awareness campaigns, holding community events to commemorate Lights On Afterschool, increasing accessibility to high-quality books and physical activity equipment for OST programs, organizing community book exchanges, and hosting health and fitness events for families.

The overarching project goals of this funding opportunity are to

  • build support among diverse stakeholders committed to increasing access and opportunities to quality OST programming in local communities;
  • enhance current OST programming through professional development and resource distribution; and
  • raise local awareness about the importance of OST programs and engage residents in advocacy efforts at the local and state level.

Projects for this mini-grant will range from $5,000–$10,000 over a one-year grant period (January 1, 2019–December 31, 2019).  Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm EST/4:00 pm CST on December 7th, 2017.  Notification of awards will be announced December 19th, 2018.   For more details and application instructions, please download the 2018 KYOSA Mini-grant Guidelines and RFP

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants must be a member of the KYOSA network to be considered for funding.  Membership is free.  Click here to join the network.

What’s the difference between a coalition and an advisory council?  A coalition is an alliance or partnership of individuals or organizations that come together for a common purpose or to achieve a specific goal.  Unlike an advisory council, a coalition is not a governing structure.  For the purpose of this project, a coalition will likely have broader reach and representation of various organizations and/or community members than a typical advisory council might.

Trauma Informed Care for Frontline Staff

Back by popular demand! KYOSA is proud to offer a live, online Trauma Informed Care training designed for frontline program staff. Join us Saturday, November 10th at 10:00E/9:00C as we discuss what trauma is, how it affects behavior, and how to 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. Registration is free to network members, and required for participation. This training has been approved for three (3) ECE-TRIS clock hours.  Register now!

Looking Back at Lights On Afterschool

October 25th was Lights On Afterschool day, the nation-wide celebration of afterschool programs.  Kentucky was well represented!  Here are a few highlights:
  • We had 108 registered Lights On Afterschool events this year, up from 88 the year before.
  • Over 100 connections between afterschool program professionals and legislators.
  • Nearly 1000 afterschool program professionals participated in what may be the largest #LightbulbChallenge group picture to date (see above).
Great work, everyone!  We'd love to know, how did you celebrate Lights On Afterschool?

Vote for Kids!

Our friends at SCAN just wrapped up their Get out the Vote Week of Action. The week was focused on educating voters about which candidates will prioritize funding for kids issues, including afterschool programs, then encouraging them to support those candidates in the upcoming Election. Activists distributed over 1,000 postcards urging people to vote, over 200 people made voting plans and 579 individuals signed a petition for their next Governor or Member of Congress urging them to prioritize kids. If you would like help making sure you vote for candidates that will prioritize children’s programs, SCAN has got you covered with our handy vote planning tool. People who make a plan to vote before Election Day - deciding when and where to actually vote - are more likely to follow through. Just click the link to make a plan to vote today!

Meet and Greet Kids Daily to Build Relationships

Youth say it's meaningful when adults say "hi" and use their names. Kids identify adults who meet and greet as the ones who care about them personally and motivate them to do their best.

Take a look at these five meet and greet strategies, adapted from Carol Miller Lieber's book.

Latest Strategies for Bringing Health & Wellness to OST

Research shows that parents want healthy options in out-of-school time. Adding fun activities, warm-ups, and healthy enrichment, as well as nutritious snacks and meals, is a great way to engage families and attract new students to your program. This webinar from our friends at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, that Afterschool Alliance, and the National Afterschool Association  will introduce you to the newly refreshed National AfterSchool Association Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards (HEPA 2.0) and you'll leave with simple and inexpensive resources to make your afterschool and summer programming inclusive, active, healthy, and fun.

Join the Afterschool STEM Movement

Afterschool programs play a major role in providing meaningful science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning experiences to diverse groups of youth.  Join our STEM Coalition of out-of-school time professionals and help us ensure that all children and youth have access to high quality STEM programming.  Coalition members will drive KYOSA's STEM system building efforts and have access to exclusive training and technical support by national experts.
Count Me In!

Pin of the Month

Mastering Mathematics can be tough, but we've pulled together some of our favorite Math games that can help take the stress out of learning basic math functions. Most of these activities can be adapted for elementary to middle or high school.
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