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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.
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"Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results." George S. Patton Jr.

Issue No. 46                                                   October 2014

Happy October BOOSTers,

We have some exciting news and recognition to share! BOOST Collaborative was named finalist in the Most Innovative Company category along with CEO/Founder, Tia Quinn, named Maverick of the Year in the 11th Annual Stevie Awards ® for Women in Business. We will be named a Gold, Silver, or Bronze winner next month. We can’t wait to share the final results with you soon.
In celebration of Lights On! Afterschool each year we choose one person at random to win a complimentary standard registration for the BOOST Conference. In order to be eligible you must submit a picture of yourself in BOOST Gear. Read more below on how to enter and see other BOOSTers in their gear around the world. 

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: STEAM Carnival

Looking for innovative ways to get kids exploring more science and engineering? We’ve got an event for you! Answering the call to inspire kids of all ages, our friends at Two Bit Circus have created a one-of-a-kind experience called STEAM Carnival.

This unique, high-energy event features tech-infused game attractions and carnival-inspired entertainment to thrill, amuse, and reimagine the way we learn through
STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
 - PLAY custom built games for family fun
 - BUILD robots that play music
 - EXPLORE technology infused fashion pieces
 - RACE friends through a giant laser maze
 - CHEER on circus acrobats and fire breathers
 - LEARN about science, technology, engineering, art, and math
 - ENJOY fun foods and tasting games
STEAM Carnival debuts in Los Angeles this October 25-26, 2014 at CRAFTED at The Port of LA.
Purchase tickets today at and use special promo code BOOST to receive $5 off each ticket. Learn more at #steamcarnival
BOOST your creativity and inspire the next generation of great inventors with STEAM. See you at STEAM Carnival! 

Submitted By:
Jennifer Jordan, Chief Communications Wrangler
Two Bit Circus
Los Angeles, CA

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Lights on Afterschool: October 23, 2014

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.

California is hosting a statewide Lights On Afterschool event at the State Capitol on October 23, 2014 10:00AM to 1:00PM.

Check out this
 2014 Event Planning Guide to put on your own event for your afterschool program to celebrate. 


Program and Event Assistant

Stephanie Barker 
Stephanie is a recent graduate of the University of San Diego with a B.A. in Communication Studies and minor in Marketing. Being someone who takes on more than she should, she has held many jobs (often at the same time) including positions at the San Diego Zoo, YMCA, and with the San Diego Padres.  She has also held many event planning internships, including BOOST Collaborative, and is thrilled to join the team as Program and Event Assistant and continue her contribution to the team. Stephanie has always had a love for teaching kids as well as event planning and being here at BOOST is the perfect way for her to harness all of her passions to help create change!

Read more about her on our About Us Page.

Ambassador of the Month

Congratulations Elizabeth Parker Phillips 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.

Cyberbullying: When to Step In and Act #BOOSTChat on October 15th 6PM PST

Monthly #BOOSTChat Schedule

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


Student Quote

"If I did not attend an after school program, I would not get help for my homework."
Jaylene, Age 8
Options Enrichment Program
Covina, 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 Highlights: 

The Community Action Toolkit includes materials to create a community event using the research, ideas and bullying prevention and response strategies. Using this Toolkit will help you plan, execute, and assess your community event to prevent and stop bullying.

Explaining Common Core to Californians: A Communications Toolkit is intended to support communicators in framing the issues that surround Common Core implementation.

Connected Educator Month Starter Kit written by The Connected Educator author Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Powerful Learning Practice in partnership with the Connected Educators Initiative.

Staff Highlight: Niki Kraska

Niki Kraska, Outreach Programs Manager
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) San Diego
San Diego, CA

Niki Kraska is authentic, enthusiastic and genuinely cares for others well being. Niki started on staff for NAMI San Diego because of her social work background and empathy for all those affected by mental illness.

Niki leads all our volunteer coordination as well as the Friends in the Lobby Program. This program puts NAMI San Diego volunteers in the lobby of several psychiatric hospitals all over the county. Niki trains these volunteers to be hope for those visiting their loved ones, mental health resources for hospital staff and an empathic ear when it is desperately needed.

Submitted by: 
Annie Dunlop, Outreach and Events Manager
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) San Diego
San Diego, CA

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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!

Lissa Tsu, Community Manager
San Diego, CA
Photo Taken: Petco Park in San Diego, California, September 2014.

Becky Schultz, Director of After School Program
Whittier City School District
Whittier, CA
Photo Taken: Hofbrauhaus in Munich, Germany, September 2014.

Viviana Saint Louis, Affiliate Coordinator
Kids Included Together
San Diego, CA


Funding Opportunities

Earth Science Week 2014 Photography Contest
October 17, 2014

AGI is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. The photography theme for this year is: "Connections in My Community."

Good Neighbor Citizenship® Company Grants
October 31, 2014

We make it our business to be like a good neighbor, helping to build safer, stronger and better educated communities across the United States and Canada. Through our company grants, we focus on two areas: safety and education.

National Awards Program
November 1, 2014

The awards program recognizes educators at the elementary, junior high school, high school, and college levels for innovative and effective techniques in teaching entrepreneurship and the free enterprise education. Up to twenty cash awards are made annually valued at $7,500 each. One meritorious award of $15,000 may be made for an outstanding entry. To date, the program has recognized nearly 500 teachers from across the country and awarded over $3 million.

IRA Teacher as Researcher Grant
November 1, 2014

This grant supports classroom teachers who undertake action research inquiries about literacy and instruction. Grants will be awarded up to US$4,000, although priority will be given to smaller grants (e.g., $1,000 to $2,000) in order to provide support for as many teacher researchers as possible.

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. 

To see more funding opportunities, click here

Career Corner

Data and Compliance Manager
Voice Charter School

Program Manager
University of Maryland School of Social Work

Marketing and Communications Director
Stand for Children

After School Activity Specialist
Partnership With Children

To find more career opportunities, visit our Career Corner.

Back-to-School #BOOSTSelfie Winner

Congratulations to Unaiza Furqan, ASAP Program Director 
at Give Every Child a Chance for winning a $100 gift card to Sephora by participating in our #BOOSTSelfie Instagram Photo Contest. 

October Contest

Send your Planet BOOST photo before October 17, 2014 to be entered in to win FREE BOOST Conference 2015 Standard Registration. 

Winner announced October 23rd in honor of Lights On Afterschool. 

Email your photo to

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


Established in 2009, TEDxSanDiego brings  together a varied collection of innovators, explorers, visionaries, teachers and learners, then seeks to illuminate, inspire and activate each of those individuals as a way to foster conversation, collaboration and action. As a local not-for-profit, all-volunteer-driven organization, TEDxSanDiego wouldn’t be possible without the efforts and contributions of our team members, business partners, and community network members who commit their time, passion, financial and intellectual support to creating this remarkable TEDxSanDiego experience.

Now in its 5th year, TEDxSanDiego continues to be a catalyst for spreading ideas that change our community, and the world at  large. Each year presents a new opportunity for our team to bring  a transformational experience to our stage with the goal of enabling people to learn, connect, be inspired, inspire others, and realize that all of us play an important role in building a better world.

On November 8th TEDxSanDiego will feature 15 speakers & performers in Copley Symphony Hall. In addition, we will be closing off B Street in order to create Innovation Alley, a forum designed to highlight 20 of San Diego's most innovative entrepreneurs.

Click here to register. Use the code BOOST to save $15 off admission.

Free Lights On Afterschool Webinars

Lights On Afterschool: 101 Webinar
This webinar will provide tools for the basics of planning a successful Light On Afterschool Event.

Lights on Afterschool Webmaker Challenge: Tips and Tricks
Lights On Afterschool and Mozilla partnered to bring an activity that helps afterschool programs develop students' webmaking and digital literacy skills. This webinar will guide you in hosting a Lights On Afterschool Webmaker Challenge for students to design their own digital poster showcasing their favorite afterschool programs on Mozilla's Webmaker platform.

BOOST Breakfast Club

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

When Disconnections Run Deep, Youth Need Deeply Connected Systems
Blog Written By: Alicia Wilson-Ahlstrom, Program Manager for Research and Development
Forum for Youth Investmen
Washington D.C.

Youth Programming: Filling a Critical Void
Blog Written By: Andy Miller, Teen Outreach Coordinator
Homeless Children's Playtime Project
Washington D.C.

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

If I Feel Self-Doubt Does That Mean I Lack Self-Confidence
Blog Written By: Renaye Thornborrow, Founder and CEO
Adventures in Wisdom
Austin, TX

Do Good, Have Fun, and Make a Difference!
Blog Written By:  
Dr. Andi Fletcher
Sacramento, CA

Free App of the Month

Knowmia Teach is a new free lesson planning and recording tool for teachers. It helps you create short video lessons on any subject and publish them on so your students and the public can find them. 

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.

Building Audiences Using Social Media Workshop

Workshop Description:
Social media is often ignored as a platform for raising engagement with our stakeholders in favor of more traditional methods. In todays day and age, it’s critical to understand how you can leverage social media to connect with your audience and program participants. Burhan Syed will explore the basics of connecting to audiences using social media, how to utilize social media as a way to not only promote but also to measure engagement. From hashtags to ads, Burhan will help you understand what tools you can leverage to help you answer the question “How can I drive interest in my programs and stay in touch with the people who matter?"

Biography of Burhan Syed:
Burhan Syed is a Program Manager at Facebook Inc., and moved to the United States from Canada in 2012 with his wife and 5 children. His move to Facebook came after a 15 year career in leading and managing large technology projects in both the education and telecom sectors, and in addition to working on  large infrastructure projects at Facebook, he also works on community projects including providing free wifi to residents in impoverished neighborhoods in North Carolina. In addition to his work at Facebook, Burhan enjoys improvisational acting and spends his weekends creating art using a laser cutter at a local wood shop. 

Register today, space is limited. 
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