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"Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another." John C. Maxwell

Issue No. 45                                                   September 2014

Welcome Back-to-School BOOSTers,

What an exciting time of year!  We know that setting the tone and expectations from day one is important especially after school when you have dozens, sometimes hundreds of students, during whole group or small group activities. Some of the questions we like to pose to after school leaders in our trainings are below and we hope they can be helpful to you as you move forward with your team to establish guidelines and expectations.

What are your expectations during group work to ensure students are on task?

What incentives/reinforcements are in place for group as a whole?

How do you establish what the acceptable noise level is?

How do you communicate with classroom teachers?  Parents?

What is the practice for the students finishing homework early? 

Wishing you a year of success and impact- may it include lots of positivity, fun and laughter!  Don’t forget Teamwork Makes the Dream Work! 

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: Hour of Code

Last year, 15 million students tried computer science in one week! We want your help to make the Hour of Code to be even bigger this December, and reach 100 million students worldwide.

Computer science is a foundation for every student today
Technology is everywhere. Yet 90% of schools don’t even teach students to create it. The Hour of Code is a start for all ages. No experience needed.



What’s an Hour of Code?

It’s an introduction to computer science designed to show that anyone can learn the basics. provides hour-long tutorials featuring Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Angry Birds, and Plants vs. Zombies -- for your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Get started at:
Submitted By:
Laura Kline, Digital Prophet


Program Highlight: Cheers for Children

The President of First Star, academic and Hollywood producer Peter Samuelson, co-founded the charity with Washington lawyer and lifelong child advocate Sherry Quirk. First Star believes that every child deserves their chance of attaining the American Dream. As Peter says, “We are privileged to work for all our children in First Star, children whose needs are the quintessence of all that we prize and seek to nurture. Because kids are our only future. They are our aspiration, and our motivation to improve our civilization. They represent hope itself. We cannot fail them.”

The First Star Academies are a national academic and enrichment program for high-school aged foster youth. Each Academy is operated and managed independently by a leading 4-year university, on its campus. The program, initiated at UCLA in the summer of 2011, has seen tremendous success and has expanded nationwide to include over 150 
students total at the University of Rhode Island, University of Connecticut and the George Washington University in D.C. First Star continues to expand to other universities and consult with national experts to create a well-planned program that will 
mold the necessary professional guidance that these foster youth deserve.

Submitted By:
Elissa T. Garr, Executive Director
First Star - Putting Children First
Washington, DC

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Gear Shop Back-to-School Special

We extended our back-to-school special for BOOST T-shirts. 20% off is now available the entire month of September. Visit our Gear Shop to purchase your BOOST gear today.

Monthly #BOOSTChat Schedule

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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

Student Quote

"One thing I will always remember about my after school program are my teachers and fun activities."
Lanie, 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: 


How to Design and Run Great Program Activities Guidebook

This guidebook from TASC (The After-School Corporation) contains information, ideas and resources that can help you design a science program that matches your kids' needs and interests and fits within your program.

The Power of Positive Connections Toolkit

This toolkit from Attendance Works demonstrates using absenteeism records to connect at-risk students to positive support and motivation to show up to class every day. 

Staff Highlight: Rob Travaglini

Rob Travaglini
Senior Director, School and District Support, 
National Center on Time & Learning

Rob Travaglini leads the work of the National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL) in Connecticut, dedicated to expanding learning time to improve student achievement and enable a well-rounded education. Through research, public policy and technical assistance, as a Senior Director he supports state and local initiatives that add significantly more school time for academic and enrichment opportunities to help children meet the demands of the 21st century.

Today the achievement gap between high-poverty and non-poverty students is more than twice as large as the gap between black and white students. Connecticut remains a state that, while boasting the highest per capita income in the nation statewide with 15 percent of its children living in poverty, continues to have disproportionate income and opportunity gaps in its cities.  The consequences for Connecticut’s urban children are severe. 
The Connecticut State Department of Education has been a leader in leveraging new flexibilities in federal funding streams with state and local sources to finance the additional time.  Thanks to Rob’s efforts, schools are utilizing innovative approaches to staffing their expanded days through such strategies as staggering teachers schedules and creating robust partnerships with locally-based community organizations that are integrated throughout the school day.

Today through his work, Rob has helped many students get the high-quality education they deserve through expanded learning time and continues to push efforts to broaden and deepen work with schools, districts, and state partners in Connecticut to dramatically increase the number of students benefitting from high-quality expanded learning time.

Submitted by: 
Chelsea Murphy
Communications, Digital Media Associate
National Center on Time & Learning

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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!

The Chisomo Idea is an organization that provides mentorship and afterschool programs to youth in the village of Chinsapo. In the country of Malawi, some of the schools have a teacher-student ratio of 1 to 200. As you can imagine, many students need additional help to pass their exams and continue moving forward in school. 

The Chisomo Idea Team is made up of VOLUNTEER young adults passionate about making a difference in the lives of students through soccer and a Saturday street school. 

Funding Opportunities

Teens Teach Tech Grant
September 15, 2014

Apply for this grant to hold your own Teens Teaching Tech program in your community. "Teens Teaching Tech" is a workshop series designed to provide older adults with one-on-one support with their modern devices from teens in the community to foster and cultivate intergenerational relationships.

Finish Line Youth Foundation
September 30, 2014

The Finish Line Youth Foundation provides funding to organizations that youth athletic programs and sports-based camps, especially those serving disadvantaged and special needs children.

Helicopter 2050 Challenge
September 30, 2014

Do you know a modern-day da Vinci? Children age 9 to 16 are invited to imagine and describe a helicopter of the future. First prize is $1,000 and a trip to the Sikorsky headquarters in Stratford, CT.

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grant
September 30, 2014

Do you have an idea for a school/community native plant garden, a forest improvement project, a streamside restoration plan, a recycling program, or energy conservation project for your students?  Need funds to implement it?  Apply for a Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! grant.

Green Thumb Challenge $500 Grant
September 30, 2014

The organizations are calling on schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects in a race to win a $500 prize. The award is designed to support the continued sustainability of an exceptional youth garden program that has demonstrated success, and has impacted the lives of kids and their community.

P. Buckley Moss Foundation Grant
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
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.

The Imagination Institute
September 30, 2014

Currently, there is little consensus on how to objectively measure imagination. To achieve its mission, the Imagination Institute is holding a grants competition and a series of events to lay the foundation for the long-term development of an "Imagination Quotient" and how to build imagination.

To see more funding opportunities, click here

Lights on Afterschool: October 23, 2014

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. 

Career Corner

Arts Education Program Manager
A Reason to Survive (ARTS)

After-School Pre-K Teacher
Manhattan Youth Recreation and Resources, Inc.

Program Supervisor - CEO Youth Program
Lincoln Child Center

Afterschool Program Manager
Youth Organizations Umbrella, Inc.

U.S. Department of Education Internships
U.S. Department of Education

Evaluation and Learning Specialist
Mid-City CAN 

To find more career opportunities, visit our Career Corner.

#BOOSTChat Back-to-School Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Tiffany Bryan, a staffing coordinator at FasTemps Employment from Michigan, for winning our Back-to-School Giveaway by participating in our #BOOSTChat on Twitter. 

We discussed getting parents involved to boost student success. Here is the transcript of the Twitter Chat

September Contests


Want a back-to-school makeover? Snap a selfie and tag @boostcollaborative on Instagram for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Sephora. #BOOSTSelfie

BOOST Book Giveaway 

For the month of September, we will be giving away one book a week in honor of National Literacy Month. All you have to do is enter here. Prizes include books from our past #BOOSTConference keynote speakers.


2014 BOOST Conference Photos

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

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


Free Webinars

Helping Teachers Manage iPads in the Digital Classroom
This webinar will demonstrate demonstrate how teachers using iPads can perform digital classroom management tasks directly from their own device - without assistance from the IT department. 

5 Key Steps in Planning and Implementing a Blended Learning Program

Attend this webinar to learn about the 5 steps of implementing a blended learning program and the planning process, as well as best practices from educators who have done it. 

The Power of Positive Connections: Reducing Chronic Absence Through PEOPLE
Use the PEOPLE strategy to learn how you can make students who are experiencing attendance challenges a Priority for Early Outreach this fall. 


BOOST Breakfast Club

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

STEM Doesn't Have to Pink
Blog Written By: ElizaBeth Parker Philips, Program Development Director
Child Development, Inc.
Sacramento, CA

Building Positive Self-Image and Community through Dance, Visual Arts, and Poetry
Blog Written By: Julia Crawford, Institute Diploma Coordinator
Philadelphia, PA

The Dynamic of Partnership in Out of School Time Work
Blog Written By: Brad Lupien, Co-Founder and Co-President
Inglewood, CA

Music and the Arts are NOT Frills
Blog Written By: Mike Ashcraft, Co-Founder and CEO
Children's Choice
Albuquerque, NM


Polo Shirts and School Master Keys Were Just the Beginning
Blog Written By: Bruno Marchesi, Project Manager
Healthy Behaviors Initiative 
Sacramento, CA

Why It's Hard Before It's Easy
Blog Written By: Erika Petrelli, Vice President of Leadership Development
The Leadership Program
Carmel, IN
New York, New York


Free Apps of the Month




New Digital Storytelling free educational apps have been added to 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.

Read more about our speakers here.
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