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"There are leaders, and there are those who lead." -Simon Sinek

Issue No. 51                                                           March 2015

Dear BOOSTers,

We hope you have been enjoying our new blog series Tell Us Your Why. We've asked educators and professionals in the field to tell us why they do the work that they do and what gives them purpose. 

Please visit our Breakfast Club Blog here to catch up on our 30 blogs in 30 days series that will continue until March 31st.  

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: Mentoring Girls & Inspiring Sisterhood

Empowered Flower Girl

When facilitating workshops for middle and high school-aged students, especially girls, I notice a common desire among participants. While unable to fully express themselves, most girls actually want positive, uplifting relationships with other girls.

At Empowered Flower Girl, our goal is to empower those who don’t feel confident enough to break the ice. Most girls have a desire to create lasting bonds, but fear vulnerability. Who can blame them for their hesitation when popular reality TV shows depict women as drama queens engaged in cat fights and backstabbing?

But there’s hope. We can transform the way girls and young women relate to one another. We can be mentors and positive role models.

March is Women’s History Month and I invite you to embrace and promote sisterhood – even if you’re not a woman. Educators and youth advocates are well aware that relational aggression impacts both boys and girls. But for teen girls, who research has shown are twice as likely to develop anxiety and depression, the effects of frenemies and bullies can last well into adulthood.

We will address this and other critical issues impacting girls during our “Mentoring Girls & Inspiring Sisterhood” celebration on Thursday, March 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Skyline Club in Southfield, Michigan. The event features a preview of the documentary Redefining Beauty, chronicling the lives of Detroit-area girls who candidly share their fears, dreams, challenges and hopes.
Empowered Flower Girl is a social enterprise that works with schools, communities and parents seeking solutions to cyberbullying, drama, relational aggression and other social/communications challenges among middle and high school students.

Submitted by: 
Rasheda Kamaria Williams,
Empower Flower Girl

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Ambassador of the Month

Congratulations Diego Arancibia 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.


Monthly #BOOSTChat Schedule

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Upcoming BOOSTChat March 18th
Lead By Example: Being a Role Model to Youth

About the Panelist:
Laban Reeves is a Program Manager for The Leadership Program. Laban has worked for the company for 8 years providing program design and implementation, staff coaching, and administrative support. Laban has facilitated after school programs and violence prevention workshops for students, parent and family engagement workshops, and professional development workshops for school staff. He has worked as a Site Coordinator and mentor for The Leadership Program’s RISE initiative providing mentoring to over-aged and under-credited students as well as students in temporary housing. Laban has presented keynote addresses and workshops nationally at youth conferences. He endeavors to inspire youth to envision positive change and act boldly to attain it.

Work Space Rental Availability with BOOST

The Enoki Events 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.

OST Highlight: A Resource Directory for Afterschool System Builders

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) has created a helpful tool to support afterschool system building efforts. Better Together: A Resource Directory for Afterschool System Builders,” is a comprehensive directory that identifies over 50 organizations that offer resources and tools on afterschool system building. Staying on top of the ever-evolving list of national organizations and their work can be daunting, and this directory is a one-stop shop for information on the leading afterschool tools, information, and resources.

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.

Social Media February Contest Winner

Thank you for participating in our past #BOOSTChat to be entered in to our contest. Congratulations to our winner, Kaitlyn!

Kaitlyn Fischer,
4th Grade Teacher,
Lincoln Elementary School
Edison, NJ

Social Media Contest

Visit our Facebook Page and tag a leader you admire on this post for a chance to win $50 to P.F. Changs.

Winner announced March 17th at 10AM PST.

Free App of the Month

Fun Math Tricks Lite
This application is a great resource to increase scores and confidence on standardized tests such as the SAT, PSAT, GRE, GMAT, ACT, MCAT by using mental math to solve tough math problems.

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

Career Corner

Program Supervisor
West Seattle YMCA
Seattle, WA

After School Program Site Coordinator
Youth Policy Institute
Los Angeles, CA

IDEA Coordinator
Texas Association of School
Lewisville, TX

Communications Coordinator
Partnership for Children and Youth
Oakland, CA

For more job opportunities, please visit our Career Corner.


Youth Activity: Student Quotes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Activity Time: 30 minutes
Grade Level: PK-H
Group Size: Any
Summary/Overview: 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. Student quotes are then featured on the BOOST Collaborative social media and at the BOOST Conference.
Environment: Indoor
Materials Needed: Student quote templates that are available for download in PDF format
here. Scissors are also needed to cut into half sheets.
Preparation: Simply print out the PDF handouts and pass around to your students. Print them out on green paper to make it fun for the month of March with St. Patrick's Day!
Activity Directions:
  • Choose between three different student quote templates or use all three.
  • Print out student quote templates and handout to the class.
  • Make it fun by letting students know your answers to the questions.
  • Use the student quotes to decorate your program site.
  • Make copies of the student quotes or use the originals to mail to BOOST Collaborative.
  • Lastly, get excited when you see your students displayed on social media and at the BOOST Conference!
Student Leadership: Ask students to volunteer to read their answers out loud to the group.

Submitted By:
Amber Whiteside,
Communications Coordinator,
BOOST Collaborative
San Diego, 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

Revolution K12’s web-based, adaptive learning software is used nationwide to implement differentiated instruction, build student’s fundamental skills, and improve pass rates.

Planet BOOST

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2015 BOOST Leadership Team members
Photo Taken: LACOE Advisory Meeting in Downey, CA

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Free Webinar: Intercultural Competency

Teachers can develop capabilities to effectively respond to and build on cultural differences in the classroom. By offering insights into one district's strategy for increasing administrators' and new teachers' intercultural competency, our speaker will show how the program is enhancing educators' careers.

This webinar was on March 5th, to view the archived webinar, visit this

BOOST Breakfast Club

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

Processing Social Issues in Current Events through Art-Making
Blog Written By: Julia Crawford,
Teaching Artist,
Philadelphia, PA

Consistency, Care and Commitment
Blog Written By: Jamaine Smith,
Community Programs Director
Philadelphia, PA


Twelve Tips for Integrating Academic Enrichment Into Your Afterschool Program
Blog Written By: Megan Green,
Manager of After-school Programs,
Developmental Studies Center
Emeryville, CA


Take Care of Yourself!
Blog Written By: Jaime Singer, 
Senior Consultant,
American Institutes for Research
Chicago, IL

A Challenge to Educators 
Blog Written By: Justin McGlamery,
Adventure Education,
University of Saint Joseph
West Hartford, CT

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

New Year...New What
Blog Written By: Tracy Ulibarri-Vasquez,
Administrative Director
Project Life Impact, Inc.
San Bernardino, CA

Funding Opportunities

American Savings Foundation After School Program Grants
April 15, 2015

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
April 15, 2015

NEED Project's Youth Awards
April 15, 2015

Teacher Development Grants
April 15, 2015

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

Inspire Youth

BOOST Breakfast Club Blogger Justin McGlamery of Adventure Education plays the guitar while accompanying daughter Naiyah. The Inside is an original song written and sung by 9-year-old Naiyah McGlamery. The song debuted live at the University of Saint Joseph's True Beauty event on Friday February 20, 2015.
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