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 “A leader must be inspired by the people before a leader can inspire the people.” -Simon Sinek
 Issue No. 52

April 2015

Dear BOOSTers,

We hope to be seeing you in sunny Palm Springs at the BOOST Conference in less than one week! If you can't make it to the conference check out our other professional development opportunities below.

We have an upcoming training GIRL WORLD: Understanding and Engaging Teens In and Out of School as well as our upcoming #BOOSTChats which offer free professional development right from your computer or mobile device!

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

GIRL WORLD: Understanding and Engaging Teens In and Out of School

Free Professional Development: Monthly #BOOSTChat Schedule

Follow us on Twitter and connect with like-minded professionals on the #BOOSTChat. Click here for more information.

BOOST Workspace Rental Availability

Our tenants of 2 years have moved out. We now have two work spaces available for rent.

The Enoki Events Workspace Hub is a bright, natural-lit and airy, exposed studio space intentionally designed to encourage interaction, transparency, open communication, and play between team members. Team members can work from desks, couches, comfy chairs, an over-sized round conference table, café tables or beanbags and offers a welcome place for pets...(read more)

If interested, email Tia Quinn at with subject line: Office Space Inquiry.


Responding to the results of a community survey, Educational Resources for Children (ERfC) added a new program called Afterschool Adventures this school year to its list of out-of-school time programs. Many families indicated that they wanted to enroll in academic, enrichment and recreational activities but only wanted 6-8 week programs instead of a full daily commitment after school.

Program Development Coordinator, Heather Linstad, saw this as an opportunity to pilot new activities and an opportunity to increase enrollment in our 21st Century Community Learning Centers once the children and parents knew about the many innovative programs offered in their school during the school-year and summer.

(Photo Source: Jim Michaud / Journal Inquirer)

One of the first programs developed for the Afterschool Adventures series, was KidZWrite. Linstad said the eight-week program, designed with children's book author and parent Jennifer Moncuse, was created to motivate kids to write, use their imaginations, and experience sharing ideas. Writing under the pen name J. Monkey, Moncuse guides a team of ten students through the process of collaboratively conceiving a book, giving it a name, writing, editing, illustrating, and publishing a children’s book. The youth authors meet two days a week and together develop the focus the book theme, storylines, and characters—from beginning to end. At the end of eight weeks, the published book is presented at a formal “book launch” celebration where the new authors talk about their role as a writer, and present signed books to the school principal, teachers, parents, and grandparents.

(Photo Source: Jim Michaud / Journal Inquirer)

The latest book, produced by authors in grades 3-5 at Eli Whitney Elementary School, is called “The Bathtub Battle”. Previous books, all published by grade K-5 Enfield students enrolled in KidZWrite, includes “Becky and the Magical Necklace”, “Keep Looking”, “Traitor”, “Missing”, “Broken in the Middle”, and “Stuck in Dreamland.” Two new books are scheduled to be published this month called “Trouble at the Nasty T-shirt Factory” and “Emerald to Emerald’ and one additional book will be completed in June. All books are available for purchase on Proceeds from the sales of books go directly to the KidZWrite project. In addition to KidZWrite, Afterschool Adventures offers KidZ Sports, Mad Science, and KidZ in Motion programs.

Submitted By:
Claire C. Hall, M.Ed.
Executive Director
Educational Resources for Children, Inc.

Raise Your Voice, Map it Out, and Tell Your Story

Prep Time: 30 minutes to review YSA’s Youth Changing the World Tool Kit
Grade Level: K-12
Group Size: 5-50+
Summary/Overview: There is a three step process to this activity. Raise your voice could be brainstorming about creating your own project. Once you’ve created your project, go to and place your activity on the GYSD map. Finally, once you’ve finished your project, share your story with the world.
Environment: School, Community Center, Church, etc.
Goals/Objectives: Brainstorm ways to create change in your community and execute your ideas in a creative project.
Preparation: Review YSA’s Youth Changing the World Toolkit for inspiration and ideas!
Safety: Adults/Mentors should help children with ideas and preparation for event.

Submitted By:
Karen Daniel
Vice President of Programs
YSA (Youth Service America)

OST News

Science Education Nonprofit Offers Free Online STEM Curriculum and Mentoring
March 30, 2015

After-School Programs Make a Difference
Orange County Register
March 30, 2015

Make a Game Out of Learning
April 1, 2015

Special Needs Summer Camp Piloted at Blue Lake
The Free Press
April 1, 2015

The Student-Centered Approach to Technology Planning
EdTech Magazine
April 1, 2015

Federal After-School Funding Preserved for Now
April 15, 2015

OST Research

Why Texting Should Be Part of Teaching
EdTech Magazine
March 30, 2015

Mentoring College Men of Color: Three Strategies for Designing Successful Programs
Huffington Post
April 3, 2015

(Photo Source: Washington Post)

National After-School Summit

Tuesday, March 24th was a big day for after school. The 2015 National After-School Summit brought together Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger along with other advocates for the out-of-school time field to emphasize the importance of afterschool programs. Federal funding for after-school programs is at risk with the proposed reauthorization of the 2002 No Child Left Behind law. Jodi Grant, Executive Director of Afterschool Alliance, announced a new tweet campaign

Let’s have our voices heard by sending letters to our congress and tweeting out to #Invest3to6!

Click here to read the Washington Post Article on this Summit.

New How-To Book for Teaching Yoga to Children with Special Needs

Asanas for Autism and Special Needs – Yoga to Help Children with their Emotions, Self-Regulation and Body Awareness

Author: Shawnee Thornton Hardy

Teaching yoga to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special needs is easy using this visual how-to handbook.

Breaking down yoga instruction pose by pose, body part by body part, breath by breath, this book uses easy-to-understand language and clear photographs to show parents, teachers, yoga instructors and other professionals how to introduce the life-long benefits of yoga to a child with special needs. These benefits include gaining greater awareness and understanding of the body, learning to self-regulate the nervous system and developing coping skills to work through difficult emotions such as anger, frustration and anxiety. Creative yoga games, activities, relaxation exercises and chair yoga poses are included to make learning yoga a fun, interactive and calming experience for children with a wide range of abilities.


Shawnee is 500-RY, E-RYT and RCYT certified with Yoga Alliance and is a registered member of IAYT-International Association of Yoga Therapists. She is certified in the application of Purna Yoga Therapeutics for a variety of health conditions. Shawnee teaches small groups and provides private yoga therapy sessions tailored to meet the needs of her clients, both emotional and physical. Her classes and private sessions are iyengar-based, using yoga props as tools to support the unique body types and physical differences of each individual. Shawnee also teaches yoga to children with special needs and provides training to teachers and other professionals in the field of special education, specifically in the application and incorporation of yoga in the school and home setting for children with special needs.

Submitted By:
Shawnee Thornton Hardy
Yoga Teacher and Therapist
Yoga By Shawnee

Tell Us Your WHY Blog Series

For the month of March, leaders in the out-of-school time field have responded to the question Simon Sinek asks leaders: Do you know your Why? The purpose, cause, or belief that inspires you to do what you do. Below is a summary of the blogs in our 30 Blogs in 30 Days Series with responses to that question.

Our challenge doesn't stop here though! Think about your why and share it on social media using #TellUsYourWhy and #BOOSTConference. Then, join us at the BOOST Conference and hear Keynote Speaker Simon Sinek and be inspired to continue living and leading with intention, passion, and purpose. - Read the series here

Stay Tuned!
Social media contests will be taking place during the 2015 BOOST Conference. Look in your Conference tote bag for more information. Good luck! - Click here for more information on the BOOST Conference

Preservation and Access Education and Training
May 5, 2015
Preservation and Access Education and Training grants help the staff of cultural institution learn the knowledge and skills needed to maintain humanities collections. The grants also support educational programs that prepare younger generations interested in preserving cultural humanities.

Arthur Flagler Fultz Award
May 8, 2015
The American Music Therapy Association give the Arthur Flagler Fultz Award to an organization that specializes in music therapy, award winners are given a $15,000 grant to continue their work.

Kodak Student Scholarship Program
May 15, 2015
Participating colleges and universities may nominate two students each for these filmmaking scholarships that judge student's artwork on their potential to create professional films and their academic standing.

Click here for more funding opportunities

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