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Affiliate Program: Educational Apps

Looking for fun and educational apps for your students?

Check out Oceanhouse Media's apps on our homepage at Through our Affiliate Program, you can download an application from the App Store on our homepage and a portion of the proceeds will go to the BOOST Conference Scholarship Fund.

Looking for ideas for a staff training this fall? 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

Program Highlight: PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center

Founded in 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center actively leads social change, so that bullying is no longer considered an accepted childhood rite of passage. PACER provides innovative resources for students, parents, educators, and others, and recognizes bullying as a serious community issue that impacts education, physical and emotional health, and the safety and well-being of students.

PACER engages communities to recognize that bullying is a behavior that has affected too many for too long. Preventing bullying begins with creating social change with bullying being recognized as a serious issue.

PACER provides free, innovative web-based information, ideas and actions that can be shared in communities across the nation to address bullying. Resources include engaging websites designed for parents, schools, teens and youth, including,, and Other resources include literature for parents to help their children through bullying situations, classroom toolkits for educators, and much more.

PACER activates individuals to take action — on both a personal and community level. Everyone can participate in signing a petition, sharing their own story, or contributing a message to “I care because.” They can also coordinate and participate in high profile events such as National Bullying Prevention Month in October, Unity Day, or a Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying event.

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month
In 2006, PACER founded National Bullying Prevention Month, which is held annually during October. This is a time for communities nationwide to unite and raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities and education. During National Bullying Prevention Month—and throughout the year—the community is encouraged to use these creative resources to engage, educate and inspire others to join the movement.
Submitted by:
Bailey Lindgren, Associate
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center
Bloomington, MN
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”  -Simon Sinek

Issue No. 47                                                   November 2014

Happy November BOOSTers,

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is coming to a close very soon.  
We are wrapping up the end of the year with a celebration of our newest awards and festive party to honor our 2014 partners.  BOOST A GO-GO will take place in San Diego on Thursday, December 4. Everyone is invited and we encourage you and your team to attend and join us for a commemorative evening of fun!
Additionally, this month is Homeless Youth Awareness Month and we encourage you and your team to participate in our social media campaign #SupportOurSoles. See how to get involved below- it’s just 3 simple no-cost steps and can make a huge impact in our communities. 

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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Homeless Youth Awareness Social Media Campaign

Show your support in creating awareness of homeless youth with our social media campaign #SupportOurSoles to kick off Homeless Youth Awareness Month.


How to Participate:

1. Snap a photo of your bare feet

2. Write a caption with the hashtag #SupportOurSoles

3. Tag at least three friends to keep the movement going!

4. Post the photo on social media starting November 1st

Click here to learn more information about this Social Media Campaign.

 For resources of available shelters, street outreaches, referral services, and transitional living centers, as well as training and technical assistance for educators working with homeless students, please visit 

For more information on how to get involved email 

Program Highlight: Digital Activity Center

Peace First envisions a world where all young people learn and practice concrete peacemaking skills — conflict resolution, communication, cooperation, civic engagement, and empathy—every day, just like reading, math and science. We launched the Digital Activity Center in 2012 to present Peace First’s peacemaking curriculum and activities in a cost-free and easy-to-use digital format. Educators and parents can now customize a search through our vast programmatic library to find relevant lessons or activities for particular age groups or topics (i.e. "empathy" or "3rd grade"), read toolkits and tip sheets on hot topics such as bullying and conflict resolution, and access our full sequenced curriculum.


Through the Digital Activity Center, Peace First is now able to meet the great need for peacemaking education across the globe. The Peace First curriculum is being used in after school programs from New York to Mexico, in schools across Ireland, and as part of an ongoing service club in Wisconsin. Users note that our curriculum “provides a great jumping off point for talking about peacemaking” and that peacemaking "is becoming a part of our school culture.” 

Currently, the Peace First curriculum is being piloted in an after-school setting by NIA Community Services in Brooklyn, New York and is used to support a peer mentorship program at the Heart of Los Angeles in California.

Submitted by: 
Dalton Bentley, Digital Media and Communications Coordinator
Peace First
Boston, MA

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OST Highlight: America After 3PM


America After 3PM highlights the trends of afterschool program participation, documents the benefits associated with participation in afterschool programs, and measures public support for afterschool programs. This report includes a decade of data chronicling how children spend the hours between 3 and 6 p.m. These are the hours after school ends and before parents typically return home from work.


BOOST Collaborative welcomes three new members to TEAMBOOST.

Executive Coordinator - Andrea Seals Wilson

Program Coordinator - Betsy Galchutt

Administrative Assistant - Julie Emma

Read more about TEAMBOOST on our About Us page.

Ambassador of the Month

Congratulations Julia Gabor 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.


You're Invited! BOOST A Go-Go

We are honored to host a very special gathering of friends, family, businesses, and purpose-driven organizations to celebrate our recent awards and recognize partners that have supported us this past year. Bring your team and join us for a commemorative evening of eclectic foods, partner accolades, and groovy dance music. 

December 4th at 98 Bottles in San Diego 7:00-11:00 PM. 

RSVP mandatory to by November 30th. 


Exploring the Value of Professional Development in Education Twitter Chat
November 19th at 6PM PST

Learn how to participate by visiting our #BOOSTChat guide

Monthly #BOOSTChat Schedule

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


Student Quote

"One thing I will always remember about my after school program is an art project we did."
Matthew, Age 9
Orange, 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.

Staff Highlight: Bianca Dalangin

Bianca Dalangin, Los Angeles Chapter Co-Facilitator
Los Angeles, CA

Bianca Dalangin is the founder and co-facilitator of COLAGE's Los Angeles Chapter which she started two years ago when she was 15. COLAGE unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities. 

Bianca has been holding support meetings that focus on social justice curriculum, youth empowerment, and community building for youth ages 8-18. Through collaboration with fellow chapter leader Britt Williams, they have created innovative programing for a population that’s specific needs and identity are often ignored within the larger LGBTQ community. She has been featured in
The Next Family, marched in LA pride, spoken at local chapters of PFLAG, facilitated National COLAGE programming and organized fundraisers to sustain her group.

Growing up with a bi-sexual father and as a young woman of color, Bianca understands firsthand the need for creating safe and joyous space for young people to come together, share experiences and turn isolation into pride and that is exactly what she has done for the greater community of Los Angeles. Bianca is not just an incredibly intelligent person, she brings her heart and personal experience to her work, which is something that cannot be taught. She truly exemplifies our mission as a youth led organization and shows what incredible change can be made in the world when young people are encouraged and trusted to be leaders. To get involved, contact

Submitted By:
Robin Marquis, National Program Director,

Los Angeles, CA


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!

Julia Gabor, Director of Education
Los Angeles, CA
Janet Henner, Administrator I for State of California, Department of Education
Sacramento, CA
Photo Taken: Lights On Afterschool in Sacramento, CA, October 2014

Agustin Arancibia, Daughter of Rodrigo Arancibia,

Sweetwater Union High School District
Chula Vista, CA
Photo Taken: October 2014

Guinevere Rose Strohbehn, daughter of Sam Strohbehn,
Attorney at Klinedinst PC
San Diego, CA
Photo Taken: San Diego, CA, October 2014

Avery, daughter of Libby Burrows,
3rd/4th grade teacher
Photo Taken: Denver, CO, September 2014


Funding Opportunities

November 2014 

National Science Teacher Association Grants and Awards
November 30, 2014

NSTA offers 18 awards and grants for students and teachers who exhibit excellence in science. 

December 2014

Ronald McDonald House Grants
December 31, 2014

We not only try to improve the health and well-being of children directly through our programs, but we 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.

January 2015

Canvas Grants 2015
January 23, 2015

This grant is rewarded to those who come up with an innovative way to maximize student learning potential and as part of the lossless learning initiative. 

February 2015

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.

Career Corner

Director of Development and Communications
Oakland, CA

Managing Director of Finance
The National Center for Time and Learning
Boston, MA

Program Leader
THINK Together
Santa Ana, CA

After School Counselor

Omaha, NE

To find more career opportunities, visit our Career Corner.

Lights On! Afterschool Contest Winner

Give Every Child a Chance will be receiving one free standard registration to the 2015 BOOST Conference for winning our Planet BOOST photo contest. Stay connected with us on social media for more opportunities to win.

November Contest

If you could share a Thanksgiving dish with anyone, who would it be and why?

Tweet your answer to @TEAMBOOST for a chance to win the Beyond the Bell Toolkit for Creating Effective Afterschool Programs (Valued at $20) starting November 13th. 

Winner will be chosen at random and announced November 21st. 

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

Revolution K12’s web-based, adaptive learning software is used nationwide to implement differentiated instruction, build student’s fundamental skills, and improve pass rates. Revolution K12 offers programs that help middle and high school students on their path to college, including Algebra Readiness, Algebra 1, Geometry, ELA Support, State Testing, and SAT/ACT Prep.

Free Webinars

Time Well Spent: School District strategies that help students get the most from expanded learning time
Webinar on Wednesday, November 12th at 11:30 am -12:30 pm to learn about effective strategies to build more systemic coherence between school-day and expanded learning programs.

Teaching and Measuring the Common Core’s Mathematical Practices
This session will provide practical tools to assist teachers in supporting high levels of engagement with the practices as students grow into mathematical maturity.

Technology and OST Professional Development
This workshop will review the infusion of technology into OST professional development and explore its benefits, drawbacks, and optimal utilization.

BOOST Breakfast Club

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

Expanding Horizons: Global Learning in Out-of-School Time
Blog Written By: Heather Loewecke, Senior Program Manager, Afterschool and Youth Leadership Initiatives
Asia Society

3 Ideas to Develop Healthy and Active Role Models This Fall
Blog Written By: Daniel Hatcher, National Healthy Out-of-School Time Advisor
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Washington D.C.


Improving as a Leader = Improving as a Person
Blog Written By: Nathan Eklund, Principal Consultant
Eklund Consulting
Minneapolis, MN

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

Ecuador to Philadelphia: A Snapshot of BuildaBridge International’s Global Artology Program
Blog Written By: Jamaine Smith, Community Programs Director
Philadelphia, PA

Free App of the Month

This application redefines the presentation experience cutting the design time. It allows the speaker to get the audience engaged through their mobile devices plus you can share on the go.

New Presentation Tools have been added to our free educational apps section in the 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.
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