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"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." William Arthur Ward

Issue No. 44                                                         August 2014

Dear BOOSTers,

We know…it’s still officially summer. Did you do all of the things on your summer bucket list? Did you relax? Did you make a difference? Did you go on an adventure? Tell us on our Facebook page, we would love to hear from you.
We are on the road this month finishing up a round of BOOST Leadership Boot Camps and inspiring great leaders to inspire others and build high performing teams and quality programs. It’s been a blast working with Site Directors all over the country and getting to see these leaders motivated and excited to create change. 

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: 

Middle school campers from Whittier's Jump Start Summer Program went camping at Camp Big Bear, many for the first time! The campers enjoyed many firsts like kayaking, paddle boarding, boating on a pontoon and swimming in a lake. The looks on their faces were priceless!

It was also new to many of the camp counselors from the Reach For The Stars Program. We all learned together. The camping field trip supported our "Water, Water, Everywhere" theme for this summer. The campers had such a great experience that most of them did not want to go home. We can't wait to plan next year's adventure.
The Reach For The Stars After School Program has been serving Whittier City School District youth and their families for over 14 years.  Our program vision is to produce responsible citizens who have the 21st Century skills they will need to become successful in college, career and in life.
During the summer months we offer the highly acclaimed Jump Start Summer Learning Program.  At this year’s BOOST Conference, the Jump Start Program was one of the programs that was recognized by State Superintendent Tom Torlakson for being an “Outstanding Summer Program.”
Each summer we serve approximately 800 elementary and middle school students.  With the summer theme, “Water, Water, Everywhere” we use project-based, collaborative learning to teach the students about the world’s oceans, lakes and rivers and why they are so important.

Submitted By:
Becky Shultz
Director of Expanded Learning, Whittier City School District
Whittier, CA

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New BOOST Team Member

Robert Messina, Program Coordinator
Born and raised in San Diego, Robert comes to BOOST with 15 years of non-profit experience mainly in the areas of after school programs and youth programs. Read more on his bio

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OST Highlight: What Are the Impacts of Afterschool STEM?

This new paper, “Examining the impact of afterschool STEM programs,” provides an overview of the recent research findings about the importance of afterschool and other out-of-school time experiences for STEM learning.  It then summarizes evaluation data from a selection of strong afterschool STEM programs and describes the types of substantive impacts these programs are having on participating youth. 

Staff Highlight: Cornicha West

Cornicha West, Program Director
Tap in Academy
Champaign, IL

For the past 3 years Cornicha has served as Tap In Leadership Academy's Program Director overseeing our after school and summer programs. Cornicha started as a volunteering parent during our 2010 Summer Enrichment Program. Her administrative and organizational skills were just what our grassroots organization was in need of at the time. To everyone's joy, Cornicha made the decision to join the Tap In team! She has a real passion for youth development. Cornicha is able to build relationships and partnerships that Educate- Equip-Empower our young scholars, their families, and community partners. Understanding that you can not fully care for children without caring for their families needs as well, Cornicha has worked tirelessly to ensure that we have amazing Family enrichment Program that caters to the concerns of parents. 
Cornicha says,  "The best part of my day is spending time at a site. When a scholar remembers my name and includes me in what they are doing it lets me know that I have a genuine connection with them. It is a daily reminder that my life's purpose is to be a positive influence in the life of a young person and that is what keeps me going."

This summer, Tap In expanded its program to Chicago. This was made possible mainly because of Cornicha's strengths and ability to manage our home sites in Champaign. Her zest for life and smile are infectious. She has already begun plans for next years Summer Enrichment Programs with plans to expand to neighboring cities. Cornicha is a true asset to Tap In Leadership Academy and we are blessed to have her.
Submitted By:
Sally K. Carter, Director and Founder
Tap in Academy

Champaign, IL

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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!

Stephanie Barker, BOOST Ambassador
BOOST Collaborative
San Diego, CA
Photo Taken:
Duncans All Age School in Duncans, Jamaica, July 2014

Sheri Rogow Johnson, Provost/Principal
Health Sciences High and Middle College (HSHMC)
San Diego, CA
Photo Taken: Honeymoon in 
Ketchikan, Alaska, July 2014

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Funding Opportunities

The Home Depot Foundation Community Grant
Deadline: August 15, 2014

Available to non-profit organizations to promote the physical health of their community through their volunteer work force.

Ronald McDonald House Grants
Deadline: August 29, 2014

Ronald McDonald House not only try to improve the health and well-being of children directly through its programs, but also work with non-profit organizations around the world that are making an immediate, positive impact on children who need it most. Grants to these organizations extend the reach and impact of RMHC and move donation dollars quickly through to areas in their time of need.

P. Buckley Moss Foundation Grant
Deadline: September 30, 2014

For educators who need assistance to further their program goals, the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education has grants available for up to $1,000 to be awarded in 2014 with the grant monies to be used in 2015 programs.

Charlotte Martin Foundation
Deadline: September 30, 2014

The Charlotte Martin Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to enriching the lives of youth in the areas of athletics, culture, and education and also to preserving and protecting wildlife and habitat. Our two areas of focus – youth and wildlife – were established by our founder, Charlotte Yeoman Martin, during her lifetime, and continue today as a legacy to her generosity.

To see more funding opportunities, click here

Student Quote

"What excites you about learning? Dance moves."
Kaylie, Age N/A
Lennox, 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.

Youth Activity: Thrively Strength Exploration

Prep Time: 1 Hour

Activity Time: 2 Hours

Grade Level: 4th through 8th grade

Inclusion: Children with special needs

Group Size: Individual, Small Group, Large Group

Environment: Indoor (computer lab)

Goals/Objective: What your students can learn:
• All children have unique strengths that help to make up who they are as individuals.
• Strengths are distinct from interests. Being “good” at an activity can be the result of many strengths working together. For example, skiing is not a strength; skiing is an interest, and many strengths are what makes someone good at skiing.
• Possessing innate strengths is a beginning, not an end. Strengths need to be developed and nurtured to realize the full extent of their impact on individual success.

Materials Needed: Computers with internet access, earphones, Thrively Teacher Toolbox

Preparation: Create master teacher account (Parent Account). Add each student as a "child" under the teacher account. Each student may log in, select their profile page, add their interests, then begin the Strength Assessment.

Activity Directions: 
Step 1: Introduce Concepts (15-25 minutes)
• Lead a brief discussion about strengths. Explain that each child has unique strengths, and that there are vast opportunities in the world that are perfectly suited to each of us.
Step 2: Explain the Assessment & Address any Questions (10 minutes)
Step 3: Administer Assessment (30 minutes)
• Reserve 30 minutes for the test • Results are instantaneous and can be printed immediately
• A “Save and exit” option exists for teachers who would like to administer the test in batches
Step 4: Review Results & Explore Activities (20 minutes)
• Students will receive a Strength Profile and will spend 10 minutes reading the profile results
Step 5: Discussion (40 to 60 minutes)
• Students have the opportunity to share their answers to the discussion questions.
Step 6: Teacher Survey
• If you have additional questions or comments, submit them to with the subject line: Thrively Classroom Pilot 

Summary: Thrively is a strength exploration platform that enables children to discover their unique strengths and pursue their true passions. Our mission is to help kids understand their strengths and discover exciting opportunities that build on and develop those strengths. The Thrively experience starts with a Strength Assessment, which is a powerful online investigation designed specifically for youth by two of California’s seven board-certified pediatric neuropsychologists. After completing the assessment, children receive their custom Strength Profiles, and our patent-pending algorithm begins providing personalized streams of recommendations from over 120,000 children’s activities. Ultimately, the Thrively process helps schools and families provide children with opportunities to discover their passions and to dive deep into interests in which they can excel.

Submitted By:
Adrienne Fuller
Glendale, CA


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OST Research

Forum for Thought Blog: What is Deeper Learning?
Forum For Thought
July 15, 2014

Study Suggests Same Genes Promote Math, Reading Aptitude
Education News
July 16, 2014

Unpacking the Science: How Playing Music Changes the Learning Brain
July 22, 2014 

Predictors of Postsecondary Success
American Youth Policy Forum
July 26, 2014

Framework for Promoting Learning in Afterschool Programs Part 1 and Part 2
Learning in Afterschool & Summer
July 30, 2014 and August 5, 2014


Career Corner

Program Coordinator, Community Programs (Partner Relations & Reporting)
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
United Way

Teaching Artist Position
Chicago, IL
Changing Worlds

Site Director
Green Bay, WI
Boys and Girls club of America

Outreach Coordinator
Houston, TX
Children At Risk

To find more career opportunities, visit our Career Corner.

#BOOSTChat Back-to-School Giveaway

Follow @TEAMBOOST on Twitter and use #BOOSTChat to join the conversation with @VolunteerSpot on getting parents involved to BOOST student success.

Be entered in to win a back-to-school package from Discount School Supply by participating in this month's #BOOSTChat. Package includes: two storage bins, set of 8 glue sticks, No.2 pencils, white board markers, index cards and backpack. Get 15% off all stock orders by using the discount code: 21CCLC.

2014 BOOST Conference Photos

Photos from the 2014 BOOST Conference are now on the BOOST Collaborative Facebook Page. Tag your friends and relive the great memories made in the beautiful and sunny Palm Springs, CA. 


Free Webinars

District and State Considerations for Incorporating Expanded Learning into Competency-Based Systems
This webinar will discuss the policy barriers and opportunities at play when facilitating competency-based models. Remarking the importance that expanded learning providers have been executing these models for years and they should be considered key partners in this work. 

Expanding Science Learning Opportunities During Out-of-School Time
This session focuses on the impact STEM and OST has demonstrated, including lessons learned and promising practices cultured while implementing STEM. 

Planning a Lights On! Event: How to Engage your Policymakers and the Media
This session will be presented by Sarah Simpson from the Afterschool Alliance. Local programs throughout Pennsylvania will also share their techniques for producing a quality Lights On Event and how they effectively engage both policymakers and the media. 

BOOST Breakfast Club

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

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

Global Competency, Wha?
Blog Written By: Terri Marini, Director of Program Development
MindWorks Resources
Coppell, TX

I'm Sorry, Maya Angelous, I Didn't Understand You
Blog Written By: Erin Thomas, Family Support Program Coordinator
Friendship Centre
Lac La Biche, Alberta, Canada

A Call to Martians Everywhere
Blog Written By: Sue Jin Kim, Program Director
ASES Prep, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District
Norwalk, CA

No Love Loss Between STEM & STEAM
Blog Written By: Shawn Petty, Technical Assistance Manager
Edvance Research
San Antonio, TX


Free App of the Month

Kids Fish Lite
Kids ABC Learning Trains Lite invites preschool-aged children to learn and become familiar with the English letters using trains and railroads as their tools.

Looking for more educational apps? Visit our 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.

Andria Fletcher
Consultant, Center for Collaborative Solutions

Read her profile here.

Training Opportunities


Looking for ideas for a staff training this summer? Click here to see our training topics. We would love an opportunity to work with your team.

If you are interested in a training or BOOST Boot Camp, please contact Tia Quinn at

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

Nature-Watch provides craft kits and hands-on products designed to teach children about nature. Since 1987, Nature-Watch has developed more than 50 kits aligned with both National and State of California Education Standards. Each kit includes a "make and take" project comprised of unique, high quality materials to reinforce the learning.
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