Learning has never tasted so good for youth at the Kasilof Boys & Girls Club. After receiving a STEM Afterschool Innovation Mini Grant earlier this year, Clubhouse youth opened their student-run Sweet Shoppe Bake Stand – and its offered them more than just tasty treats.
LINKED 2017 Youth Outreach Summit program
The new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has created a lot of buzz recently around the topic of teen suicide. The show graphically chronicles a fictional teen’s suicide and, in many ways, glamorizes it.
Suicide among youth is a serious concern for everyone who engages with young people – whether at home, in school, or during out-of-school time. According to the Kids Count Alaska 2013-14 data book, suicides were the second highest cause of deaths among youth ages 10-17. And in areas outside of Anchorage, the suicide rate among youth is four times higher.
Join us in welcoming Isaac, the Alaska Afterschool Network’s 2017 summer intern! This summer he will be working directly with many types of summer programs while focusing on network communications and marketing.
Nearly two-thirds of Alaska’s cities, towns, and villages are accessible only by plane or boat, which makes having a strong aviation workforce critical to having a strong state economy. Qualified and experienced employees in the aviation industry are in high demand throughout the state, especially in rural communities.
The 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) in Nenana is addressing this demand by preparing youth living in rural Alaska for this crucial industry.
The Alaska Afterschool Network is embarking on exciting new work to expand the amount of STEM opportunities in afterschool programs. Join the Network now as a STEM Afterschool Expansion VISTA!
Esteemed colleagues, as did many of you, I celebrated the end of the school year with plenty of joy, reflection on successes and challenges, and, at times, a bit of a heavy heart knowing some students still face big challenges ahead. I gave words of encouragement, attended awards ceremonies and graduation, signed yearbooks, and teared up a bit over goodbyes. The school year has come to an end and I am ready to put my feet up and enjoy some sunny relaxation on the deck. And, like most of my colleagues across the state, that deck time was a fine one hour of celebration and I am now in full summer program planning mode!
Alaska Afterschool Network (AAN) is seeking a dynamic individual for an 8-week internship. The internship will focus on event planning, marketing, and communications. Deadline to apply is Friday, May 26, 2017.
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Students from five afterschool programs located in Mat-Su and Fairbanks participated in the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) NASA STEM Challenge earlier this year. This Challenge allowed students to demonstrate their engineering design skills and collaborate directly with NASA experts during out-of-school time to gain firsthand, real-world experience in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Five youth from Iditarod Elementary School in Wasilla shared a little bit about their experience working on their challenge “Parachuting onto Mars,” where teams designed, built, and tested a drag device.
The Alaska Afterschool Network is recognizing five outstanding afterschool professionals who act as everyday superheroes in our youth’s lives during Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, happening April 24-28.
These Afterschool Superheroes help provide academic enrichment and keep youth safe, while making it possible for families to go to work with peace of mind. Out-of-school time staff step forward every day to help children in need, provide healthy snacks and meals, foster success in school, and serve as role models.
This year’s five recognized Afterschool Superheroes are highlighted below.