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Request for Applications:
After School Education and Safety

The After School Division of the California Department of Education (CDE) released two new After School Education and Safety (ASES) Requests for Application (RFAs): the ASES Program Universal Grant RFA and the ASES Grant Renewal RFA.

Due February 13, 2015

The After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program is the result of the 2002 voter-approved initiative, Proposition 49. These programs are created through partnerships between schools and local community resources to provide literacy, academic enrichment and safe, constructive alternatives for students in kindergarten through ninth grade.
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." -R. Buckminster Fuller

Issue No. 48                                                   December 2014

Dear BOOSTers,

As 2014 comes to a close we want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for being a part of the BOOST Family- we appreciate you. We're honored to collaborate with such incredible changemakers and can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store.
A few highlights from 2014 that couldn’t have happened without the support of our partners:
  • 2014 BOOST Conference was our largest attended to date with over 2,100 attendees
  • STEVIE® Bronze Award for Women In Business, Maverick of the Year – Business Services
  • STEVIE® Bronze Award for Women In Business, Most Innovative Company– Business Services
  • Our CEO, Tia Quinn, is a finalist for San Diego Business Journal’s 2015 Most Admired CEO
Enjoy this Holiday Season and keep gratitude close to your heart.
“It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half-full. Be grateful that you have a glass and there’s something in it.” 

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: #iCANHELP

#icanhelp is an education group dedicated to teaching youth and adults appropriate online behavior. #icanhelp was born of the idea that students have the power to make a bigger impact on their world when they behave responsibly and react appropriately. Co-Founders Kim Karr and Matt Soeth noticed very quickly that students were not equipped to handle the stress that comes with online negative comments. Social media sites like “I Hope Kayla Dies” and “Lincoln High Sluts” on Instagram made a negative impact on students.

#icanhelp gives students the tools and resources to comment, report and shut down these “burn book” type social media websites, teaching them to not be bystanders in the face of online negativity. #icanhelp is a resource for schools looking for ways to educate and inform students about appropriate online behavior and how to be safe in cyberspace.

Cyberbullying programs typically rely on scare tactics with both students and parents, and the #icanhelp program purposely does not tell students what NOT to do, but what TO do. The #icanhelp program has been implemented in hundreds of schools, reaching as far as the Dominican Republic and Sweden.  #icanhelp is honored to be receiving the Family Online Safety Institute’s (FOSI) award for Outstanding Achievement in Washington DC at the organization’s conference.

To book an #icanhelp speaker, request online implementation materials, or for more information, visit

Submitted by: 
Becky Pakulski, Executive Director

A Program Highlight outlines an organization's latest practices/programs or recent events that is innovative, noteworthy, or cutting edge in the field. Share your story by emailing


Ambassador of the Month

Congratulations Erika Petrelli 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.


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Student Quote

I stay after school because my mom doesn't want someone to steal me.

Sean, Age 7
WRAP/YMCA Afterschool Program
Long Beach, 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: Role-play Reading and Take Center Stage Game

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Activity Time: 30 minutes or longer if desired

Grade Level: Grades 3-6

Group Size: Small

Summary/Overview: Reader's theater is a method of reading a story aloud, like a play, without memorization, props, or a stage. Students are each assigned a character role and read their parts with expression, meaning and enthusiasm. Dramatic oral reading in a role-play reading format has proven to improve reading skills in a fun and engaging way. Social interactive reading and reading with expression are the key ingredients for successful reading enrichment in any after school or summer program. Use this free activity to test drive a unique format of reader’s theater with color-coded dialogue text and easier and harder roles in the same story making it easy for staff to implement and for students to enjoy.

Environment: Indoors or Outdoors

Goals/Objectives: Give students of all reading abilities an equal and balanced opportunity to shine in front of their peers and to build their oral reading skills. Implement a role-play reading activity with students of high, medium and low reading skills integrated into the same story groups. Older or higher level readers take the harder roles and become reading role models helping to guide younger or less advanced readers.

Materials Needed: A printer and paper and the document at this

Preparation: Print one copy of the entire document provided, including the instructions preferably on a color printer. Cut out game cards and separate into 4 decks. Print out a copy of the story and the actor tips for each reader, or provide a link to display the story on ipad or Powerpoint. Assign roles to your group of students matching the level of the character roles as closely as possible to the age and grade of the readers using the guide included. Read game play instructions fully.

Activity Directions: 
1. Give each student a copy of the story and tell them which role they will read.
2. Encourage students to read with expression and the personality of their character.
3. Demonstrate dramatic oral reading in your own way.
4. Instruct students to read the story aloud like a play while sitting down together around a small table.
5. Guide students to play the game after reading the story.
6. Allow students the opportunity to read the story and additional two or three times on additional days or occasions to reinforce the benefits of the activity.
7. Allow students, after practicing the story together in their small groups, to perform it for other groups of students or parents. For this instance, students would stand in front of the audience to read the story.

Adaptations: Struggling readers can be paired with another reader able to read one level higher and guide the student. At first the student will follow along, then they will read with the other student, and then eventually read the part alone.

Safety: Encourage students to follow along with their parts and be ready to read. Encourage them to help each other. Over-acting portions of the game create great fun and laughter for students, so encourage them to laugh with each other, not at each other.

Resources: You can have students watch this
12-minute video to introduce and prepare them for dramatic oral reading.
Several additional resources are available at this link.

Submitted By:
Dianna Cleveland,
National Reader's Theater Expert
Playbooks Reader's Theater and Roleplay Reader
Lake Forest, CA

Career Corner

Community Engagement Intern
San Rafael, CA

Management and Program Assistant
National Park Service
Lakewood, CO

After School Drawing Instructor
Young Rembrandts Willamette Valley
Eugene, OR

Educational Program Director
EduCare Foundation
Van Nuys, CA

To find more career opportunities, visit our Career Corner.

November Contest Winner

Jillsa Aringdale, Expanded Learning Vista at State Public Policy Group shared with us who she would share a Thanksgiving dish with via Twitter and received the Beyond the Bell Toolkit for Creating Effective Afterschool Programs. 

Make sure to follow us on social media for more opportunities to win future contests. 

Giving Tuesday Contest

In honor of #GivingTuesday, tell us who you would give a BOOST Holiday Pack to and why.  Comment on our Facebook Page with your response to be entered in to win.
**Winner announced December 12th

BOOST Holiday Pack includes: Peace, Love, BOOST Mug, hot chocolate and candy. 

These mugs are now on sale through the Gear Shop. Purchase one to give back here

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. 

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!

Janay, Daughter of Michael Funk, Director,
Afterschool Division for California Department of Education
Sacramento, CA
Photo Taken: Sacramento, CA 2014

Buy a holiday gift for your staff this Holiday Season. 

Free Webinar

Make the Case for Afterschool with America After 3PM
Learn how you can use America After 3PM to advocate for afterschool and raise awareness about the critical need for these programs.

BOOST Breakfast Club

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

On Celebrating
Blog Written By: Erika Petrelli,
Vice President of Leadership Development
The Leadership Program

Time Well Spent
Blog Written By: Jessica Gunderson,
Policy Director
Partnership for Children and Youth


ASES Programs Caught in a Fiscal Squeeze
Blog Written By: Steve Amick,
Director of Policy and Partnerships
THINK Together
Orange County, CA

Feedback: It’s Like a Muscle
Blog Written By: Linda Kekelis, 
Executive Director
Oakland, CA

We Shouldn't Fear Our Leaders...3 Reminders for the Next Generation
Blog Written By: Diego Arancibia,
San Jose, CA

Free App of the Month

Math Dash
This is a fun game for kids to practice addition, subtraction, and multiplication. 

Click here to visit our free educational apps section in the BOOST 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.

OST Highlight: Common Core Stays After School

A report called Common Core Stays After School highlights the role of after school and summer learning programs in applying the Common Core State Standards. This research was conducted by EdSource and states that expanded learning programs are vital in complementing classroom academics in implementing Common Core. 

Funding Opportunities

Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards
December 30, 2014

A total of $40,000 will be given away to students of Jazz to encourage solo composition of music. The Albert Herp Foundation and ASCAP Foundation work together to preserve the music of the past as well as support the music of the future.

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.

California Career Pathways Trust
January 9, 2015

This grant from the CDE is awarded to various schools that wish to create a Career Pathways Program and help benefit their students in planning for their future careers.

Hunger Service Projects
January 15, 2015
YSA and SODEX Foundation are partnering to provide $400 grants to 100 young people ages 5-25 who have an idea to help end childhood hunger in their communities. They are especially interested in ideas that help bring people in the community together!

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. 

For more funding opportunities, please visit our Funding Opportunities page. 

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