Subject: VPOST SEL training, VA Afterschool Census Guide and more in your March VPOST News!

SEL for OST Educators: Registration opens March 26th

VPOST will be hosting four regional training events across the Commonwealth in June on Social Emotional Learning. This full day event is free to 21st CCLC grantees and will be $40 for non-grantees. Mark your calendars! Registration opens March 26th for 21st CCLC grantees and April 9th for non-grantees. The full agenda and link will be released soon. Stay posted!
The Role of Afterschool Programs in the Census Count

Afterschool programs and educators are uniquely suited to promote and benefit from an accurate census count. Funding that supports communities and families is derived from Census data. And in turn, OST Educators are trusted voices in their communities with access to the resources needed to help facilitate participation. Get our guide on the Census in Virginia and how programs can help.
VPOST Welcomes Three New Leadership Advisory Council Members!

VPOST is rooted in collaborative partnerships. Our  Leadership Advisory Council (LAC) members represent organizations that bring their expertise and insight to work collectively with others across Virginia in the pursuit of increasing the availability and quality of afterschool opportunities in our Commonwealth. Join us in welcoming our three most recent members!

Angel Nelson is the Chief Operating Officer at the Boys and Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula. Helping youth reach their full potential has been a passion of Angel’s for years. She's held many senior leadership positions at multiple chapters of Boys and Girls Clubs, as well as Girls Inc. Angel has served 20 years in the Navy and is a board member for Youth Sailing VA.

Gary Artybridge Jr. is the Manager of Corporate Citizenship and K-12 Education  Partnerships at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), a Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. In his role at NNS, he is responsible for the STEM and career awareness programs, corporate philanthropic efforts and employee volunteer opportunities. A native of Virginia Beach, Gary lives in Hampton with his wife and son.

Michael Courtney is an Education Specialist at The Virginia Department of Education, Title IV, Part A and 21st CCLC, Office of ESEA Programs. Michael provides support and assistance to 21st CCLC programs in school divisions and community-based organizations. Before joining the Department, he was a school division Title II & IV grants coordinator. He began his career as an elementary classroom teacher and principal.
Stand up for afterschool!  President Trump's proposed budget plan eliminates afterschool and summer learning programs for 1.7 million young people across the United States.

Tell your members of Congress to protect the programs America’s children and families rely on.

Policymakers in the House and Senate have the power to decide whether local afterschool and summer learning programs will remain open or close their doors. Your advocacy has saved 21st Century Community Learning Centers before: can we count on you again?

Tell Congress to protect afterschool programs. 
Tell us your 21st CCLC Story!

We would like to hear from current 21st CCLC sites about the impact of their program. VPOST would like to develop materials that highlight the importance of funding 21st CCLC. Let us shine a light on your program and it's valuable work. Contact Christine at 

This new report addresses the importance of identifying opportunities to build and grow strong leadership pipelines that ensure racial diversity in the afterschool field. 

VA ABC Alcohol Education and Prevention Grants

Alcohol Education and Prevention Grants provide funding to organizations that are working to prevent underage and high-risk drinking. Community coalitions, law enforcement, nonprofits, schools, colleges and universities, faith-based organizations and prevention-related groups are eligible.
Grant applicants must address one or more of the following priorities: underage drinking prevention, social providing/social hosting prevention, or high-risk drinking prevention. 

Applications due April 1. Learn more here. 
Hampton City Schools Out-of-School Time Department's 7th Annual Symposium

Who: Representatives of any Hampton or neighboring cities organizations implementing an afterschool or summer program for students pre-kindergarten through 8th grade.

Why attend: Developing leaders and exploring new ideas and strategies are essential to the success of a rapidly growing afterschool and extended-learning field. Join us for a hands-on, fun professional development and explore how to take your program to the next level!

Cost: FREE

When: Friday, April 24, 2020. Check-in begins at 8:00 am, event starts promptly at 8:30 am -12:30 pm

National Geographic is looking for afterschool educators to talk to about the best way to receive information from National Geographic. Nat Geo has exciting, free resources for afterschool and informal education. If interested in future 2020 leadership and programming opportunities, please contact Carmen Ortiz at 
The National SEL conference offers three days of high quality sessions that
bring together practitioners and some of the top SEL thought-leaders in the
nation to learn best practices and strategies for effective SEL implementation.
Choose from more than 50 workshops and deep-dive sessions on topics
such as trauma informed care, education equity, SEL assessment, academic
integration and more.

Click2Science PD offers STEM professional development resources for out-of-school time programs. Learn more here!
Every October, Lights On Afterschool draws attention to the impact made by afterschool programs. This year, Afterschool Alliance is holding a poster contest. The artist who comes up with the winning design, along with their afterschool program, will be featured on the Afterschool Alliance's materials for the nationwide event. There is a grand prize of $500! Deadline for submissions is April 29, 2020.

Learn more here. 

Earn $500 for your program with Facebook's Engineer for the Week!

VPOST is looking for STEM programs to try out Facebook’s Engineer for the Week and provide feedback on the experience. The program is a free program for students ages 11 and up build a working tech product. Sites that are referred through VPOST and complete the program will receive $500!

Contact Christine if interested at

Join the thousands of students and educators across the country by partnering with Girls Who Code to bring computer science opportunities to elementary, middle, and high school girls in your community. Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE after-school programs for 3rd-12th grade girls to join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models and use computer science to change the world. Learn more by checking out our Clubs Overview or by joining an upcoming Girls Who Code webinar.

Ready to join the movement? Complete a Clubs application here!

Have questions? Contact Amy Layman at

Free SEL programming: Soar with Wings

Soar with Wings is a new, free, social emotional learning (SEL) program that offers a digital suite of activities, lessons, and resources designed to support the development of SEL skills in K-5 students. Sponsored by the Allstate Foundation, Soar with Wings can be used by educators in the classroom, in afterschool programs, and for parents and caregivers at home. In addition to activities for students, Soar with Wings provides professional learning videos and guides for educators.

Visit the Soar with Wings website for free access to the full suite of SEL resources.

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Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time, 800 South Main Street/MSC6913, 22807, Harrisonburg, United States
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