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"If you want to be a great leader, remember to treat all people with respect at all times. For one, because you never know when you'll need their help. And two, because it's a sign you respect people, which all great leaders do." -Simon Sinek

Issue No. 50                                                   February 2015

Dear BOOSTers,

It is such an exciting time!
Our first piece of exciting news is that Simon Sinek has been secured as our 2015 BOOST Conference keynote. It is a tremendous opportunity to hear Simon speak live and participate in a Meet & Greet and book signing immediately following his keynote. For more information on the BOOST Conference, please visit our website
Our second piece of exciting news is that our Founder/CEO, Tia Quinn, has been named the 2015 Most Admired CEO in Education by the San Diego Business Journal. We are humbled by this honor and recognition in America’s Finest City. For further information on this recognition, please read our press release on the BOOST media page

Thank you for all that you do to support the children, youth, families, and communities that you serve.
Together we make a difference.

Tia Quinn, CEO
BOOST Collaborative


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Program Highlight: No One Eats Alone Day

Beyond Differences is a Marin-based non-profit dedicated to ending social isolation in middle school. Beyond Differences believes that all teens should feel included, valued, and accepted by their peers.   

Our organization provides leadership programs and training for all Beyond Differences student leaders. We have written and published original curriculum for classroom teachers and for Beyond Differences Club meetings.  We also provide students with ideas and materials to run fun, yet meaningful, special event activities in their schools designed to make everyone feel welcome!

On February 13th, Beyond Differences will launch our 2nd Annual National No One Eats Alone Day!  No One Eats Alone is a school lunchtime event with the supreme goal of creating socially inclusive activities that encourage students to interact in new and creative ways.

Currently we have over 220 schools from 27 different states signed up for National No One Eats Alone Day.  For more information please go to:

Submitted by: 
John Finefrock
Director of Student Programs,
Beyond Differences

A Program Highlight outlines an organization's latest practices/programs or recent events that is innovative, noteworthy, or cutting edge in the field. Share your story by emailing


Ambassador of the Month

Congratulations Kristin Stayer for being our Ambassador of the Month.
BOOST Ambassadors are comprised of global leaders in the out-of-school time field to help support, promote, and bring awareness to services offered by the BOOST Collaborative. They are our biggest advocates, passionate about our brand, and are working hard to spread the word about the cause.


Monthly #BOOSTChat Schedule

Follow us on Twitter and connect with like-minded professionals on the #BOOSTChat.

Upcoming BOOSTChat February 18th
Game-Based Learning: Is It All Just Fun and Games?

About the Panelist:
Matthew Farber is the author of "Gamify Your Classroom: A Field Guide to Game-Based Learning." Matthew Farber teaches social studies at Valleyview Middle School, in Denville, New Jersey. He is a blogger for Edutopia and KQED/MindShift, a member of the GlassLab Teacher Network, and has playtested for the Institute of Play and BrainPOP. Mr. Farber holds a Master's Degree in Educational Technology from New Jersey City University, where he is currently an Educational Technology Leadership Doctoral Candidate. Read more about Matthew on his website here

Student Quote

If I did not attend an after school program, I would be sad.
Khalil, Age 7
WRAP/YMCA Afterschool Program
Long Beach, CA
Every year we ask students from around the country to answer questions to better understand youth perspective and remind us of the importance of our work. Learn more about how to contribute student quotes here
All student quotes will be featured at the 2015 BOOST Conference in Palm Springs, CA.

OST Highlight: Free Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month Toolkit

Click on this link to access a Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Toolkit from San Diego Domestic Violence Council. 

BOOST Speakers Corner

The BOOST Speakers Corner provides out-of-school time professionals access to a wide variety of speakers, consultants, coaches, and trainer that can help you enhance your programs. Browse through the Speakers Corner to learn more about services that can take your program to the next level.

Read more about our speakers here.

TRUST Conference in San Diego

 The TRUST Conference is an annual one day conference created and organized by teens for teens…

Reflecting and

The TRUST Conference if for junior high and high schoolers. 

To register your students, please click here.


Social Media Contest- February 18th

Participate in our upcoming #BOOSTChat on Game-Based Learning and be entered in to win a Diary of a Wimpy Kid puzzle and two Par Out Golf games.

*Winner chosen at random and announced within 24 hours of #BOOSTChat. 

Career Corner

Executive Director
Asia Society
Washington D.C.

Giving Trip Administrator
Los Angeles, CA

Executive Assistant/Office Manager
San Rafael, CA

Client Support Coordinator
Development Studies Center
Emeryville, CA

For more job opportunities, please visit our Career Corner.

Free App of the Month

Test Your Pronouns

Click here to visit our free educational apps section in the BOOST Resource Center. 

Staff Highlight: Ian Davis

Ian Davis aka id, Senior Instructor, Community Outreach Coordinator
Today’s Future Sound

An Oakland native, Ian Davis joined the Today’s Future Sound (TFS) team in March of last year and has since been a tremendous asset and team member. From the direct services he provides teaching beat making and music production to Elementary school students in Oakland Unified School District to his role as Community Outreach Coordinator, Ian exemplifies excellence. Ian has gone above and beyond the call of duty in these roles, volunteering on his own time to coordinate events with other partner organizations and making sure that events in the community run smoothly. This includes coordinating with partner organizations such as Youth Radio and Bay Area Video Coalition/Bay Unity Music Project for the youth showcase at the quarterly free music festival, Oakland Drops Beats. It is also clear how deeply he cares about TFS’ students and their learning process - Ian takes time for each individual student and makes sure they understand the intricacies of drum programming, sampling, and sequencing. Ian’s passion for the artform of Hip Hop beat making and music production translates into his teaching.
“Ian’s dedication and overwhelming talent as an instructor has been a source of inspiration since my joining the team. His vast knowledge of the genre and talents as a producer are obvious in the classroom and he consistently brings a fresh outlook to discussions in staff meetings. It is an honor to teach alongside him and I look forward to each opportunity to observe his mastery as a hip hop educator.” - Patrick Hibberd, Junior Instructor/Development Intern
“Ian Davis is an invaluable asset to Today’s Future Sound. From his level of dedication and ability to connect with our students, to his sheer talent & expertise in the musical field, Ian stands out in our ranks as an exemplary instructor & leader.” - Mike Cochran, Senior Instructor/Site Coordinator

Nominated By:

Elliot Gann,Executive Direct/Founder and Lead Instructor
Today's Future Sound

OST Research

Afterschool Programs: Inspiring Students with a Connected Learning Approach
Afterschool Snack Blog
January 22, 2015

Nine Principles for Helping Homeless Youth
The Chronicle of Social Change
January 23, 2015

Study Suggests Connecting with Youth Through Technology
Charlottesville Tomorrow
January 23, 2015

The Activity Gap
The Atlantic
January 30, 2015

OST News

Art Changes the Feel of School Spaces and Places
The Ridgefield Press
January 20, 2015

7 EdTech Startups Revolutionizing STEM
Huffington Post
January 21, 2015

Redesigning Schools for Today’s Students and Beyond
January 21, 2015

Mentoring Matters
Huffington Post
January 21, 2015

Archer School for Girls unveils MediaSpace to boost females in filmmaking
January 23, 2015

Shaking the Money Tree: Sources for After-School Funding
Education Week Blog
January 26, 2015

BOOST Vendor Fair

The BOOST Vendor Fair provides out-of-school time professionals access to a wide variety of products and services to enhance their programs. Browse through the Vendor Fair to learn more about the latest products and services for out-of-school time. It is absolutely FREE to use!

Vendor Fair Highlight

For a limited time and for use during school year 2014/2015 we offer free shipping (to/from) for our Lending Library sets, contact and use code BOOSTFR14.

Planet BOOST

Going somewhere exotic or unusual? Take a picture in your BOOST Gear and email it to or tag #PlanetBOOST on Instagram and you could see yourself here!

Meredith Scott Lynn, CEO
WRiTE BRAiN WORLD, Los Angeles, CA
Photo Taken: WRiTE BRAiN WORLD Headquarters in Los Angeles, CA, January 2015

Stephanie Barker, Program and Event Assistant
BOOST Collaborative, San Diego, CA
Photo Taken: Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, January 2015

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Free Webinar: Every Kid Healthy Week 2015 Webinar

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
2:00 -3:00 PM ET; 1:00-2:00 PM CT; 12:00 -1:00 PM MT; 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PT

Every Kid Healthy is focused on the nation’s problem of childhood obesity as well as its solutions: sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting school programs. More information


BOOST Breakfast Club

Click on the logo above to read more Breakfast Club blogs.

Yoga as a Strategy for Improving Behavior
Blog Written By: Shawnee Thornton Hardy,
Yoga by Shawnee and Asanas for Autism and Special Needs
San Diego, CA

Part One: Beyond School: After-School Programs Bring the World to Young People
Blog Written By: Guest Blogger Alexis Menten,
Executive Director, Program Development
Asia Society


Part Two: How One After-School Program Prepares Students for the World
Blog Written By: Heather Loewecke,
Senior Program Manager, Afterschool and Youth Leadership Initiatives
Asia Society

3 Questions for Confused Students
Blog Written By: Chad Furlong, 
Founder and President
iThink Assemblies
San Diego, CA

Educating the Whole Child: Social Emotional Learning in Out-of-School Time
Blog Written By: Chelsea Aiken,
Communications Coordinator
EduCare Foundation
Van Nuys, CA

The Art of Hosting
Blog Written By: Jane Sharp,
Sharp Ideas Consulting
Allentown, NJ

Garden-Based Learning
Blog Written By: Kristin Stayer,
Executive Chef of the BOOST Breakfast Club
BOOST Collaborative
Anderson, IN 

Funding Opportunities

Moody's Mega Math Challenge
March 1, 2015
Moody's Mega Math Challenge is offered in 45 states and encourages high school juniors and seniors to create teams and compete through real world math equations and problems. Their answers are judged by PhD Mathematicians and are awarded various scholarships adding up to $125,000.

American Savings Foundation After School Program Grants
April 15, 2015
The American Savings Foundation has funded after school programs since 1996 and is still dedicated to helping families. They believe that youth need and deserve the opportunity of high quality after school programs that include a variety of activities in all subjects.

Teacher Development Grants
April 15, 2015
The Teacher Development Grants support teachers in k-12 classroom instruction to provide opportunities for teachers to integrate fresh strategies that encourage critical inquiry and to observe their effects on students.  The Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met.

For more funding opportunities, please visit our Funding Opportunities page. 

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