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“My after school program is important to me because the leaders are nice.” -Darien, Age 8
Park Place After School Fun
Anderson, IN
 Issue No. 53

May 2015

Dear BOOSTers,

The school year is headed to the final stretch and for many this means prepping for running quality summer programs and for others it means prepping for a well-deserved vacation.

We are excited to announce several trainings in this newsletter to prep you for your summer program and creating a strengths-based team. See workshops listed below and register today to reserve your space!

We are also seeking BOOST Leadership Team members for the 2016 BOOST Conference Leadership Team. If you would like to be a part of this dynamic team and make a difference with us, please email us by June 12th at to get on this interest list.

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

This interactive training, given by Gabriela B. Delgado, will explore multiple factors contributing to girls' development. Issues such as self-injury, bullying/relational aggression, self-esteem and body image will be explored in detail. Hands-on activities to engage girls in your class, group, and after-school program will be reviewed and practiced.

Participants will:
Increase their knowledge of risk and protective factors
Gain an understanding of critical issues impacting girls' development
Learn key strategies to effectively connect and engage girls in positive decision-making
Learn of research-based strategies and activities to implement in and out of school settings.

Register for the GIRL WORLD Training here.
*Lunch and materials are included

Save the Date: Strengths Based Institute
We are excited to announce that we will be offering a Strengths Based Institute in collaboration with ASAPconnect and the Youth Development Network on June 25 and 26 in San Diego.

The Strengths Based Institute will engage ASES and 21st CCLC grantees in a two-day learning community designed to provide participants with a knowledge and understanding of group dynamics and its impact on organizational effectiveness. Learn how individual talents impact and influence group dynamics and the building of a well-rounded team.

We hope you and your grantees and teams will join us. For more information on registering, click here.

#BOOSTChat May 20th at 6PM PST/9PM EST on Mental Health Stigma

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Join us for this conversation with NAMI San Diego and Sean Erreger of Stuck on Social Work on ending the mental health stigma. Follow us on Twitter and connect with like-minded professionals on the #BOOSTChat. Click here for more information.

BOOST Workspace Rental Availability in San Diego

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


The BOOST Collaborative 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.

Sand Sisters Saturdays

It was one of those "AH HAH!" moments. I was walking on the beach, trying to figure out my next career move. I had earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education, but after spending time in the classroom, I soon learned it wasn't the right fit for me. Being born in Southern California, I carried on a love affair with the beach and the deep blue ocean. Walking along the sand I thought, how can I capitalize on combining the two things I love most, the beach and teaching children? Even though teaching in a classroom wasn't for me, I loved kids and I knew that teachers and counselors made a world of a difference in the children they taught. I knew teachers and counselors had conversations with students that were memorable and character shaping. I knew that the time spent at a camp or after school program needed to be with the right mentor for children to feel safe, happy, and inspired. So at that moment, I knew I had to combine the two elements in some way.

Being at a time in my life when I felt unsure about my future, I booked a surf trip to Costa Rica for inspiration. There among the ocean, rain forest and best food of my life, I experienced a very different lifestyle than that of the people living in the United States. In the Costa Rican culture, people spend their days outside and there is a large sense of togetherness and community. Their education is sadly secondary to other responsibilities, but the trip was a life lesson, on seeing how the water has created and maintained their lives. The community revolved around the water, the waves and made for a simple life of happiness, friendship and community. I had to add this feeling of togetherness to my big idea.

So, I purposefully brought back part of the Costa Rican culture to Los Angeles, for myself and for the girls who are growing up so quickly in our over stimulated society. Sand Sisters Los Angeles was born. I wanted to form a place where girls can simplify, be themselves and their best selves, gain confidence through water sports and empower each other. I started by taking one girl to the beach to surf and stand up paddleboard and that has grown to become a beach camp in Playa Del Rey. From there it has grown to be an after school enrichment class in independent schools, a public class with the City of Santa Monica and Sand Sisters Saturdays. Sand Sisters Saturdays are a great opportunity for any girl in the LA community to come spend the day with us at the beach, hiking, in the music studio, or in an art studio. Every class is themed with a positive word of the day and a craft that follows the word. Some words we love to use are respect, inspire, trust, grateful, explore and health.

A year ago my sister came onboard, so the meaning has changed. The name once stood for "sisters" that meet at the beach and do camp-like activities, but now it also means that we are the "Sand Sisters." Two strong women developing a curriculum to change our youth. Two sisters fighting the odds and giving girls a place to show up and be greeted with a hug and know that they are loved and they are wanted. When these girls feel our sense of community at a class or event their spirits soar and their physical and mental health is top notch.

Submitted By:
Tedi Serge,
Sand Sisters Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Jordan Thomas, Co-founder/Treasurer
Share ONE Love
Columbia, South Carolina

Along with his brother Wynne, and best friend Michael, Jordan has successfully started Share ONE Love- a NPO focused on using sport as a platform to promote peace, unity, and positive life skills to youth throughout the world.

Jordan wears many hats in his daily responsibilities as a Cofounder of Share ONE Love. Among those responsibilities, Jordan is mainly in charge of the finances of the organization. In addition to Jordan’s leadership in Share ONE Love, he works on staff with the new NGO Global Unites ( GU’s mission is to inspire, connect and equip youth to transform global societies through movements that promote hope, non-violence and reconciliation- in short, creating the next generation of peace-builders.

Jordan is passionate about impacting today’s youth and believes that sport is a vital tool to capture their attention. Along with the Share ONE Love team, Jordan has had the privilege to work with youth in South Carolina (Columbia), Nicaragua (Masaya), and Sri Lanka (Madampe and Ampara) through the use of organized sport activities.

A highlight of Jordan and Share ONE Love’s work is from August 2014 in Ampara, Sri Lanka. In August 2014, Jordan and the team worked with Sri Lanka Unites ( for their Future Leaders Conference Season 6. Over 400 Sri Lankan youth from different religions and ethnicities were brought together, to combat the negative prejudice resulting from the nation’s long and bloody civil war. After the conclusion of the designated sport time, many SLU team leaders approached Jordan and the team stating that their team was not connecting with each other well at all until the sport session.

This example personifies Share ONE Love’s mission and Jordan is excited for the opportunity for Share ONE Love to work with more youth all over the world.

Submitted By:
Jordan Thomas,
Share ONE Love
Columbia, SC

Volunteer Opportunity with ARTS (A Reason to Survive) in San Diego

Activity Time: Saturdays 1pm-5pm through June 6th
Grade Level: High School
Group Size: Any
Summary/Overview: Would you like to help create part of the 300-foot art wall that ARTS is working on? The educational wall will feature wild-life and water systems and will educate the community about being mindful of their impact on the environment. Please sign up using this link:
Environment: Outdoors, working with tools and equipment
Goals/Objectives: To help complete a 300-ft educational water-themed art wall in National City!
Materials Needed: All materials will be provided on-site
Preparation: Please come with close-toed shoes and clothes you do not mind getting messy in
Activity Directions: Participants will learn how to beautifully arrange and cement stones and tiles onto a wall to create an artful mosaic
Safety: Please wear closed-toed shoes – other safety materials such as goggles will be provided as needed

Submitted By:
Xaime Aceves-Equihua,
Outreach Coordinator
A Reason To Survive (ARTS)
National City, CA

OST News

All Stars Project and MetLife Partner to Expand Afterschool Development Programs for Inner-City Youth in America
April 19, 2015

SoNoCC to open program 'After the Bell'
The Hour
April 30, 2015

Young People of Color Are Assets We Need to Invest In
Huffington Post
May 1, 2015

Keep afterschools open, advocates say
Queens Chronicle
May 1, 2015

Girls demonstrate STEM knowledge to parents and teachers during afterschool program
The Monitor
May 1, 2015

National YMCA's First Black CEO Aims to Boost Youth Programs
ABC News
May 2, 2015

California Seeks NCLB Waiver to Fund Expanded Learning
Education Week
May 11, 2015

OST Research

Curiosity: The Heart of Lifelong Learning
Psychology Today
April 13, 2015

Makerspaces, BYOD Among Potential Mainstream EdTech Trends, Report Preview Says
education world
May 12, 2015

The Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities (JELO) Released Issue 2

Researcher and Practitioner Dialogue: Building Networks and Systems.

"This second issue of the JELO features a dialogue between Michelle Perrenoud, of Los Angeles County Office of Education, and Dr. Deborah Vandell, of University of California, Irvine, on the topic of the networks and systems which support the expanded learning field. We are also proud to feature three articles that focus on the value of networks and systems. Two articles discuss the importance of on-going communication between school day and afterschool providers to maximize student impact. Our third article articulates the importance of staffing structure, staff knowledge, and external partners as key factors associated with effective inquiry-based science opportunities in expanded learning programs."

Click here to download the PDF.

Technical Assistance for Expanded Learning Opportunities in California

In collaboration with the California Department of Education's After School Division, Public Profit mapped a statewide glimpse into the Landscape of Technical Assistance (TA) for California's ELOs!

Public Profit asked TA Providers about their organization and services to create a snapshot of the the current TA available by region, strategy, areas of focus, and their alignment to California's Quality Standards for Expanded Learning Programs.

Click here to download the PDF.

Fighting the Summer Slide with a Great Story
Blog Written By: Terri Marini,
Literacy Coach
Grapevine, TX

Photography Can Transform Perspectives
Blog Written By: Guest Blogger
Asia Society

Where Hope Grows - A Conversation with Chris Dowling
Blog Written By: Kristin Stayer,
Executive Chef of BOOST Breakfast Club,
BOOST Collaborative
Anderson, IN


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

Addressing Food Security in Your Expanded Learning Program
Blog Written By: Bruno Marchesi,
Project Manager
Healthy Behaviors Initiative,
Sacramento, CA

Read the Breakfast Club Blog here

Out-of-School Time Pin-spiration Board

We hope you left the BOOST Conference feeling inspired and ready to bring fresh ideas back to your program. Channel some of that energy into an exciting and creative Pinterest Board. Make sure to follow TEAMBOOST on Pinterest and share your OST board with us for a chance to win a t-shirt of your choice from our Gear Shop. - Click here to follow us on Pinterest.

Youth Opportunity Fund
May 22, 2015
The Youth Opportunity Fund will be providing grants to nonprofits who are working on new and creative ways to help low-income young adults get on a successful college pathway.

Champion Creatively Alive Children
June 22, 2015
Crayola offers 20 grants of $2500 (plus $1000 worth of products) to elementary programs that provide creative leadership team building in elementary schools.

2015 Emerging Artists Fellowship
July 5, 2015
The Harpo foundation supports artists who are under recognized by their field and seeks to stimulate creative inquiry into new modes of thinking about art. This fellowship was established for artists 25 years of age or older to gain support in their field and time and space to explore new ideas.

Click here for more funding opportunities

Social Media Outreach Strategies for OST Programs

This webinar from Afterschool Alliance gave valuable social media tips to create more awareness of your OST programs in the community. View the archived webinar here.

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