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OST Highlight: 
Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Getting Everybody On Board

How does a flipped classroom affect parents, students and administrators? Find out in this toolkit, which provides information on how you should respond and support it.

Co-authored by
 Aaron Sams, Managing Director of and founding member of the Flipped Learning Network.

BOOST Vendor Fair

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Vendor Fair Highlight

Skillastics is a series of standards-based fitness and sport-specific activity kits that allow 1 to 100 children of varying ages and abilities to be active at one time.
"Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily, even if you had no title or position." -Brian Tracy

Issue No. 49                                                   January 2015

Dear BOOSTers,

Happy New Year BOOSTers!
We have been talking about gratitude a lot at the BOOST office. It is interesting that the topic of gratitude comes up more often during the holiday season but how do we continue to express what we are grateful for?  What does it mean to give thanks? Do we say thank you enough? We would love to know what you are doing to enhance and cultivate gratitude in your personal and work life.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our profound gratitude to you and your entire team for allowing us the opportunity to be in your inbox, to provide resources to your programs, to come into your programs and train your staff, and to give us the inspiration to coordinate the largest global convening of out-of-school time professionals every year. Thank you. May we continue to support one another in the best interest of the children and youth we serve. 

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/Founder
BOOST Collaborative


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Program Highlight: Open Doors Academy

Working to protect, inspire, nurture, and challenge adolescent youth to reach their full potential, Open Doors Academy (ODA) provides a year-round, 7-year continuum of academic, social, and emotional support for students and their families that equips them for life success. ODA currently serves students living in high-risk environments in 7 middle school and 3 high school locations in Greater Cleveland.

The organization has maintained a 100% high school graduation rate since its inception for students who have been in the program for a minimum of 3 years. Of its past graduates, 97% have continued with post-secondary education and of those current young adults who have graduated, all are steadily engaged in meaningful career tracks. 

We believe that successful impact is long-term impact.  Working with students and their families over the long-term ensures that students have the support needed to successfully transition from middle school to high school, to graduate from high school, and to enter post-secondary education or the workforce and be successful.

ODA programming helps students to master core academic content, to think critically and solve complex problems, to work collaboratively, to communicate effectively, to become self-directed learners, and to become active and engaged civically minded citizens. The core of our program is building a safe haven filled with support, creating a sense of community and fostering kids’ confidence.  ODA builds this environment by engaging parents, teachers and other community partners.
In the past 5 years, after carefully honing its’ model and metrics, ODA has grown from serving 40 young scholars annually, to over 500 young scholars across 12 different schools in the greater Cleveland community.  The ultimate goal of the program is to begin creating cracks in the cycle of poverty by developing and growing a close network of global citizens who demonstrate the ability to maintain financial independence, a steady career track, and a core belief in the importance of giving back.  

Submitted by: 
Annemarie M. Grassi, Ph.D.,
Chief Executive Officer
Open Doors Academy

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BOOST Ambassador of the Month

Congratulations Brad Lupien for being our BOOST 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.

BOOSTChat with Heather Loewecke, Senior Program Manager, Afterschool and Youth Leadership Initiatives,
Asia Society on January 21st at 6PM PST

Heather began her career as an English teacher at an alternative high school in New York City where she designed and implemented interdisciplinary curricula utilizing a workshop format for developing students’ literacy skills.  Then, she managed capacity building projects and coached teachers and afterschool practitioners in a range of topics such as conflict resolution, professional development planning, lesson planning, social-emotional learning, behavior management, among others.  Heather was also a member of the Children’s Studies faculty at Brooklyn College and taught an interdisciplinary undergraduate course called Perspectives on Childhood.  She joined Asia Society as the senior program manager for afterschool and youth leadership initiatives in 2013.  Heather received her BA in theater from UCSD and a MA in education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Send Us a Student Quote

The world would be a better place if people would treat the world better and give other people families.
Ana, Age 9
Whittier, 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.


Free Webinars

Telling Your Afterschool Story: Strategies for Effective Advocacy at the Local, State, and Federal Levels

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Youth Activity: Juggling Club

Prep Time: 5 minutes to clear space

Activity Time: 45-60 minutes

Grade Level: Grades 3-6

Group Size: 6-12

Summary/Overview: Students meet weekly to learn juggling skills together. You will need an adult or older student who can already do a variety of juggling tricks and is qualified to teach others.

Environment: Gym, multi-purpose room or cleared classroom

Goals/Objectives: Everyone learns at their own pace. Not everyone will learn how to juggle, but everyone attending should participate. Everyone should be welcome, but no one should be required to participate

Materials Needed: Juggling bean bags, juggling rings, and juggling clubs. If available, juggling boxes, poi balls, and spinning balls. Juggling videos are also helpful, but be careful the activity doesn't become a video watching event. If you have a budget, you may consider hiring a local juggler to teach a lesson.

Preparation: Clear the room of desks and obstacles. Also assign someone to return the room to its original condition afterwards.

Activity Directions: Students spend time practicing new tricks and teaching others what they know.

Adaptations:  Everyone learns at their own pace. I've seen people of all types learn juggling tricks by adapting to their own abilities.

Variations: You can form clubs for any skill. Do you have students who are good with hula hoops? yo-yo? unicycle? the Japanese ken dama?

Safety: Be sure everyone has space to move, juggle, and drop. Do not let students throw props like baseballs or basketballs. 

Student Leadership: Juggling has been passed from person to person for over 4000 years. The students who are more accomplished should help the beginners progress.

Resources:  Find a basic juggling lesson and instructions for making your own juggling bean bags at:

Submitted By:
Jeffrey Daymont,
Science of Juggling
Long Beach, CA

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Career Corner

YES Prep Public Schools
Houston, TX

After School Director
Elite Music and Fine Arts
Houston, TX

After-Care Coordinator
Friendship Public Charter School
Washington, DC

Center Director
Knowledge Universe United States
Bremerton, WA

Counselor - Afterschool
14th Street Y
New York, New York

To find more career opportunities, visit our Career Corner.

Staff Highlight: Alyssa Gallagher

Alyssa Gallagher, Lead Educator
San Diego, CA

Alyssa Gallagher is a fun, energetic teacher who genuinely cares about children and their ability to learn.  Alyssa became Lead Educator for TRADESKOOL because of her background in elementary education and her experience in teaching inner city schools back home in Connecticut. 

Alyssa leads our volunteer program as well as assists in development of all educational materials.  This program puts TRADESKOOL cards into the hands of children, and guides them through the learning process.  Alyssa’s infectious personality inspires children and we are so excited that she is a part of our team.  

Nominated By:
Nader Hashual, Founder
San Diego, CA

December Contest Winner

Debra Rivera won our BOOST Holiday Package for the Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc. Executive Director Suzette Harvey.

Make sure to follow us on social media for more opportunities to win future contests. 

January Social Media Contest

Show us how you get your afterschool program movin' and groovin'

Snap a picture or post a short video clip and tag us for a chance to win!

Hoopersize with Miss Kellee (valued at $30) includes:
  • One easy to assemble full size hoop
  • 10 super cool hip-hop-hoop videos
  • 12 entertaining hoopmania games
  • 7 awesome hooptastic tunes
**Winner announced January 20th

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!

Jordan Masciorini, Account Executive
Web Shop Manager, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Photo Taken: Pacific Beach Fish Shop in San Diego, CA


BOOST Breakfast Club

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

When We Awaken
Blog Written By: Erika Petrelli,
Vice President of Leadership Development 
The Leadership Program
Carmel, IN 
New York, New York

From Ferguson to Our Classrooms: Why Social Justice Education Matters
Blog Written By: Sue Jin Kim,
Program Director 
ASES Prep, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District
Norwalk, CA

Supporting Afterschool Programs on Your School Campus
Blog Written By: Terri Marini,
Teacher, Literacy Coach
Grapevine, TX

All It Needs is a Little Love
Blog Written By: Erin Thomas,
Family Support Program Coordinator
Friendship Centre
Lac La Biche, Alberta, Canada 

Where's the Water? Hitch a Ride and Find out!
Blog Written By: Leslie Lowes,
Informal Education Specialist
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Los Angeles, CA

Remembering Our Past, Sharing Our Stories
Blog Written By: ElizaBeth Parker Philips, 
Program Development Director
Child Development, Inc.
Sacramento, CA 

Coming Back from Being Down
Blog Written By: Julia Gabor,
Education Director
Los Angeles, CA

Free App of the Month

Used by over 15 million people world-wide, Star Chart provides a magical star gazing experience like no other.

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

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.

Funding Opportunities

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
February 2, 2015
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services offers awards to out of school time programs that provide art enrichment for students. Winners will be given $10,000 and will join the awards ceremony at the White House.

CA Dept of Education: Education for Homeless Children and Youth
February 3, 2015
The CA Department of Education created this grant to support and facilitate the attendance and enrollment of homeless youth education to ensure that they have the same rights to their education as any other youth.

Dream UP Essay Challenge
February 5, 2015
Students enter this contest with an essay about their desired career field. If they are chosen as a winner they will shadow someone in their dream career and will be awarded $1,000. Teachers can also sign up to receive a newspaper subscription free of charge as well as plenty of career exploration tools to help their students.

Teacher Innovator Awards
February 6, 2015
Nominate a teacher who inspires students, uses innovative and creative techniques to keep students involved and challenges them to find the limits of what is possible. The winning teachers will receive an all expenses paid trip to the Innovation Immersion Experience at The Henry Ford Museum.

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

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