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April 1, 2010

Announcements from the Center

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2010 Afterschool Awards of Excellence!
Celebrate the work of an outstanding afterschool staff member, leader, or program by nominating them for an Afterschool Award of Excellence! The 9th Annual Awards of Excellence will recognize the amazing contributions of afterschool staff, programs and leaders to children and youth throughout the state of Arizona. Awards will be given in 3 categories:

Individual, Leadership & Program
Each recipient will receive: - A $500 cash award - A one year membership to AzCASE - Paid registration to the annual AzCASE professional development conference on November 20, 2010 - A certificate of recognition from Governor Jan Brewer Nominations are due by close of business, Monday, May 31, 2010 Guidelines & Applications are available on our website or by clicking the following links: Afterschool Excellence Award Guidelines

Individual Nomination Form Leadership Nomination Form Program Nomination Form

Nominate your favorite afterschool program, leader or staff member today!
Finalists from each category will be announced in September and winners will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon: Spotlight on Afterschool Awards of Excellence Luncheon Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 11:30 am Arizona Biltmore Resort, Grand Ballroom Contact Caitlin King with any questions at 602.496.3308 or caking@azafterschool.org

Sign on to Protect Arizona's Children!
Arizona¶s children will continue to be at risk if we, the voters, don¶t make a concerted effort to elect public officials that understand and care about the needs of our children. The Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence, knowing that this year¶s legislative session would be heavily focused on the state¶s budget problems, consciously decided to turn its attention to those candidates running for state offices in 2010 in hopes that we can raise their awareness to both the need for and value of quality afterschool programming. In the process, we also hope to identify and recruit future ³afterschool champions´ that we will be able to work with in the months and years ahead to protect Arizona¶s children. The Center is starting to recruit partners to work with us on this exciting project. We are confident you all will want to join us in promoting the afterschool agenda. Please e-mail Melanie McClintock at mmcclintock@azafterschool.org to indicate your interest in: Participating in the Candidate Awareness Campaign as an individual Participating in the Candidate Awareness Campaign as a representative of your organization Attending an Advocacy Training to learn more about the afterschool awareness campaign. We look forward to working with YOU to protect Arizona¶s children! Read more about the Candidate Awareness Campaign

Register to Vote in Sales-Tax Election
Starting April 22nd, Arizonans will vote on Proposition 100 - a temporary 1¢ sales tax increase meant to protect education, public safety and health care. A YES vote on Prop 100 protects Arizona's assets from further cuts.

Register to vote by April 19th at http://www.azsos.gov/election/VoterRegistration.htm and then be sure to cast your YES vote starting April 22nd. Read the 12 News Report on the Sales Tax Increase here

Check out the new AzCASE Facebook page!

Become our Fan on Facebook for regular updates on what's happening in the Afterschool community! Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence on Facebook

Data Needed to Support Afterschool Agenda - Include Your Program on the Arizona Afterschool MAP!
A reoccurring theme at the recent statewide Mayoral Summit on Afterschool was the need for data. Policymakers and funders alike stressed the need for the afterschool movement to better document both the need for afterschool programming and the gaps in programming. As a result, the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence is expanding the capabilities of the Arizona Afterschool Map, a web based, afterschool map and directory which was originally designed to be an invaluable tool for all Arizona afterschool providers.

This, first of its kind, Arizona afterschool mapping project allows all afterschool programs, large AND small, non-profit AND for profit, licensed AND licensed exempt, to log on to www.azafterschool.org and

click on Afterschool Directory to easily enter the data requested regarding their program. In addition to be being a valuable tool for providers and parents, AzCASE will now be able to run queries and generate reports that will begin to produce the data sought by policymakers and funders. Populate the Afterschool Map at: http://azafterschool.org/AzAfterschool-Directory/Find-ProgramsNear-You.aspx

Youth Perspective Heard at the Mayoral Summit
The Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence strives to strengthen the afterschool movement by putting real life faces and voices on afterschool programming. Ryan Velasquez of City High School in Tucson captivated the recent Mayoral Summit on Afterschool/Expanded Learning when he spoke about his experiences in high school and how community service and out-of-school time programs changed him for the better. Ryan truly is wise beyond his years and offered a unique and often overlooked perspective on why afterschool programs are so important - the youth's perspective. Read his speech here...

Setting Priorities for After-School Programs to Do More Than Occupy Kids' Time
Opinion piece by John Pedicone, former superintendent of Flowing Wells Unified School District and Vice President of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council for Inside Tucson Business. Read the Inside Tucson Business article here

Afterschool in the News
After-School Program Cuts Worry Communities Across the Nation
Unprecedented cuts to after-school programs have law enforcement and other leaders struggling to preserve them with dwindling resources and worrying about the potential impact on communities and public safety. Read the AOL News article here...

Cheap Summer Camps for Kids in Phoenix, Arizona
eHow.com has put together a list of some relatively inexpensive summer camp options in Phoenix. Check out the list here....

Budget Cuts to Circular Buses in the Valley Could Leave Kids Without Transportation for Afterschool Activities
The Ahwatukee Local Explorer, or ALEX, a free minibus service that transports about 1,000 Foothills around the village every day, costs Phoenix about $700,000 a year... Read The Arizona Republic article here

Job Opportunities
KYRENE KIDS CLUB, Program Specialist

The Program Specialist will facilitate activity planning meetings, inventory and order materials and supplies, develop and schedule daily children's activities, communicate information to parents through memos and newsletters, mentor and provide orientations for Club Leaders, and assign and monitor the work of Club Leaders. The Program Specialist must have availability from 6:30am-6:30pm. Positions available at Brisas and Milenio sites. The application is available online at www.kyrene.org. Call 480.783.4064 for more information.

UNITED WAY OF TUCSON, Health and Nutrition Educator
Full time position with the United Way of Tucson providing nutrition education to children in childcare and after school settings throughout greater Tucson. Required: Associates degree (education, child development, health or related field) and 2 years experience developing lesson plans and providing direct education to children, bilingual (Spanish), valid driver's license and reliable transportation. Preferred: Bachelor's degree in education, child development, health or related field. Must have ability to work independently, have good attention to detail and be comfortable demonstrating nutrition and fitness activities to groups of children and adults. Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: ldillon@unitedwaytucson.org

VALLEY OF THE SUN UNITED WAY, Community Impact Manager - Youth
Valley of the Sun United Way has an open position for a Community Impact Manager (Youth), reporting to the Vice President of Community Impact (Children and Youth). Major summary of position is to provide leadership for the further development, implementation, integration and evaluation of Community Objective Plan strategies. This position is responsible for overall Community Impact project management, including project planning; budget monitoring; contract management; and convening, leading and managing VSUW Collaborative Partnerships. For complete details on responsibilities, skills, requirements and application procedures, please visit http://www.vsuw.org. Once there, click on About Us, then Careers at the top of the page. Please no phone inquiries. EOE.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for the Branch Executive position, currently open with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley. This position directs, oversees and manages the daily operations of their Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley Branch located in Sacaton, Arizona. The Branch Executive oversees program and service delivery to youth ages 6 to 18; hires, supervises and trains staff; facilities management; Gila River Indian Community relations; budget development and administration; auxiliary board development; fundraising; and membership administration. Qualifications: Qualified candidates must have a minimum of three years' full time experience in a leadership role with a Boys and Girls Club, or similar organization; experience with branch operations, supervising staff and fiscal management. Please submit a current resume and cover letter stating the position you are applying for, along with an outline of your qualifications, via fax 480.820.4093, or e-mail to chilof@clubzona.org. Visit the web site at http://www.clubzona.org to learn more about the organization.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Scottsdale, AZ has an immediate opening for an art instructor at their Vestar branch. This is a part-time position working 20-30 hours per week. This position is responsible for organizing, implementing and supervising a well-rounded and comprehensive arts and crafts program for this location, including representing the branch at annual art competitions. Experience planning for and executing art projects with youth in a variety of areas such as sculpture, photography, and mixed media. Hands-on experience working with children and parents

Qualified applicants should send a resume to rschultz@bgcs.org.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER SCOTTSDALE (FOUNTAIN HILLS), Parttime Technology Instructor & Part-time Game Room Instructor
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale has an immediate opening for a Technology Instructor and a Game Room Instructor at their McKee Branch. These are part-time positions working 25-35 hours per week. Qualified applicants should send a resume to rschultz@bgcs.org.

GIRL SCOUTS ARIZONA, Program Specialist
Summer camp positions available in Phoenix, Prescott and Payson! For more information, visit: www.girlscoutsaz.org/summer-camp-jobs

Funding Opportunities
Cutting Cost, Keeping Quality: Financing Strategies for Youth-Serving Organizations in A Difficult Economy
Read the report from The Finance Project here: www.financeproject.org/publications/CuttingCostKeepingQuality.pdf

Grants for Outdoor Shade Structures
Deadline: April 12, 2010 The American Academy of Dermatology is providing grants for shade structures for organizations serving children and youth. Nonprofit of public schools that install permanent shade structures designed to alleviate direct sun exposure and provide ultraviolet ray protection for outdoor areas are eligible for funding. Visit http://www.aad.org/public/sun/grants.html for details.

ING Run for Something Better Accepting Grant Applications for School-Based Running Programs
Deadline: April 15, 2010 The ING Run For Something Better program, in partnership with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, seeks to increase physical activity in students and help fight childhood obesity nationwide through the creation of school-based running programs. The School Awards program will provide a minimum of fifty grants of $2,000 each to U.S. public schools that desire to establish a school-based running program or expand an existing one. Awards are available to programs that target grades four through eight in public elementary or middle schools. Schools must design a before, during, and/or afterschool program that will be offered (to the best of the school's ability) to all students in eligible grades. The program must not be exclusive to participants of one gender and must have a commitment of at least twenty-five students in order to be eligible for funding. Program guidelines and application instructions are available at the Run For Something Better Website.

The Jaburg & Wilk Foundation's Sharing the Prize Seed Grant Program
Deadline: April 19, 2010

Nonprofit, 501C3 organizations can apply for a $25,000 grant to accomplish an impactful community improvement project for the Greater Phoenix area. Grant applications will be reviewed by the sevenmember Sharing the Prize Seed Advisory Board, which represents leaders from across the Valley. For more information, visit www.jwbusinesslaw.com.

Metlife Afterschool Innovator Award - Now Accepting Nominations
Deadline: April 23, 2010 The Afterschool Alliance and MetLife Foundation are partnering to develop and disseminate a series of Issue Briefs that address topics related to middle school youth and afterschool programs. Nominate a program by April 23, 2010 for a chance to receive a MetLife Afterschool Innovator Award and be highlighted in one of the Issue Briefs. Awards will be given out by the Afterschool Alliance in conjunction with the 2010 Lights On Afterschool and each recipient will receive an award of $5,000 to be used to continue or improve upon the highlighted program. Take a moment to make the nomination yourself or to point candidates in their direction. The online nomination form and additional details are available online at http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/metLife.cfm or contact Chris D'Agostino at cdagostino@afterschoolalliance.org or 202.347.2030.

Nominate a Young Service-Learning Leader for a $2,500 Barron Prize!
Deadline: April 30, 2010 The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes seeks nominations for its 2010 awards. The Barron Prize honors young people ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Each year, ten national winners each receive $2,500 to support their service work or higher education. For more information and to nominate, visit www.barronprize.org/

American Honda Foundation Grants
Deadline: May 1, 2010 The American Honda Foundation provides grants for youth and scientific education, which includes physical and life sciences, mathematics, and the environmental sciences. The Foundation's mission is to help meet the needs in areas of youth and scientific education by funding nonprofits while strategically assisting communities in deriving long-term benefits. Click here for grant guidelines and details.

Nominations Invited for the World of Children Annual Awards Program
Deadline: May 1, 2010 The World of Children Awards program was created "to recognize and elevate those selfless individuals who make a difference in the lives of children here in the U.S.A. and across the globe, regardless of political, religious, or geographical boundaries." Awards are made in three categories, and each award carries a cash grant to help continue the honoree's work. For more information about guidelines and award categories, visit www.worldofchildren.org/index.php/awards.

i3 Grant Applications Now Available Online
Deadline: Mid-May, 2010 U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the Department of Education's final priorities and the grant application for the $650 million Investing in Innovation Fund (i3). The fund will support the development of path-breaking new ideas, the validation of approaches that have demonstrated promise, and the scale-up of the nation's most successful and proven education innovations.

Applicants will receive a competitive preference if their project addresses one or more of the following priorities: improving outcomes for young children; expanding students' access to college and preparing them for success in college; addressing the unique needs of students with disabilities and of limited English proficient students; and serving schools in rural areas. Applications will be due in mid-May and grants will be awarded in September. Applications for i3 are available here: http://www.ed.gov/programs/innovation/index.html

Arts Learning Grants
Deadline: June 10, 2010 The National Endowment for the Arts is providing grants (up to $150,000) for school and communitybased projects that help children and youth acquire knowledge, understanding and skills in the arts. Afterschool and summer programs are eligible. Visit http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-702.htm for details.

Bank of the West Introduces Online Charitable Grants System
Deadline: December 31, 2010 San Francisco-based Bank of the West's new online Commitment to Community Charitable Investments Program provides grants to local nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving quality of life, particularly for low- and moderate-income individuals and communities. Grants are made in the categories of Community and Economic Development, Education and Job Training, Health and Human Care, and Civic and Cultural. Visit the Commitment to Community grants site at:https://www.bankofthewest.com/about-us/communitysupport.html

Trainings & Events
Upcoming Training Sessions: Multiple Grant Proposal Workshops!
The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is offering multiple 90-Minute Grant Proposal Workshops throughout Arizona for $25, or for free if you are a member of the Alliance. Sessions offered: April 22 in PRESCOTT April 30 in TUCSON May 11 in LAKE HAVASU CITY May 12 in FLAGSTAFF For workshop details and to register, visit www.arizonanonprofits.org

Upcoming Training Session: Designing Activities in School-Age Programs
Activities are the heart of your program and why kids love attending. Learn how to plan engaging, creative, and age appropriate activities for school-agers and take home new ideas. April 13, 2010 from 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm, $12 Child & Family Resources, 2800 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson 85716 To register: call 520.982.4032 or email lrice@innovativelearningaz.com

Afterschool Astronomy Party - Prescott Public Library

Come to the Prescott Public Library on April 14, 2010 from 1 to 5 for an After-School Astronomy Party for All Ages! Event will feature Nasa Educator Resource Specialist Stacy DeVeau, all about telescopes with John Carter, Noao Dark Skies Educational Kits and more. Prescott Public Library 215 East Goodwin Street, Founders Suite A and B Prescott, AZ 86303

Arizona's 4th Annual Youth Leadership Day - April 14
Helios Education Foundation & the Governor's Youth Commission invite you to attend Arizona's 4th Annual Youth Leadership Day on April 14, 2010. The event is planned for youth by youth and is an event which will unite Arizona's youth leaders to develop strong civic skills with engaging speakers and workshops. The event will be held in the Arizona State Capitol Mall Complex, lunch will be provided, and the event is free to attend. For more information, please contact: Amanda Scott-Thomas at ascottthomas@az.gov or 602. 542.3426.

Children's Action Alliance is Now Accepting Applications for the 2010 Leadership Academy
Deadline: April 23, 2010 Children's Action Alliance is currently accepting applications or nominations for the 2010 Leadership Academy. This program is for people interested in learning how to be effective advocates for children and families in your community and around the state. Participants will build their leadership, advocacy and communication skills and learn how to bring children and their families to the forefront of policy in order to create change. The nine-session Leadership Academy is free, but is limited to only 12 participants. All sessions will be held at the Children's Action Alliance office in Phoenix. CAA is accepting applications and nominations until Friday, April 23, 2010. Download your application here or contact Amy Kobeta at akobeta@azchildren.org or 602.266.0707 x202 for more information.

McDowell Mountain Music Festival - Ticket Giveaway!
Ear Candy, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing all children with access to instruments and music education, is giving away 10 Pairs of 3-Day Festival Passes to the McDowell Mountain Music Festival April 23-25. The 2010 McDowell Mountain Music Festival is taking place at The Compound Grill and surrounding area on April 23-25. The festival donates 100% of the proceeds to two local charities and EAR CANDY is one of the beneficiaries. Enter to win free tickets HERE! Check out Ear Candy's website at www.earcandycharity.org!

Upcoming Training Sessions: Arts Integration Academy
Arts Integration Academy For Classroom Teachers, Teaching Artists, Arts Integration Specialists, and Administrators Session I: June 1 - 4, 2010, TUCSON Session II: June 14 - 17, 2010, FLAGSTAFF Session III: August 2 - 5, 2010, TUCSON

Learn arts integration from the professionals who pioneered the nationally recognized Opening Minds through the Arts (OMA) Program. For details and to register, visit: http://www.omafoundation.org/#/news/aia-2010/

Afterschool Resources/Research/Reports
8th Annual Sunwise Poster Contest
Entry Deadline: April 23, 2010 The Arizona Department of Health Services & Arizona Diamondbacks invite you to participate in the 2010 SunWise Sun Safety Poster Contest! Every student who enters the SunWise poster contest receives a beautiful personalized Certificate of Recognition. Winner and winner's teacher (and their families) receive tickets to the D-backs "Be SunWise and Play SunSmart" celebratory baseball game on June 9th at Chase Field. Winner receives on-field award and press coverage, and artwork will be reproduced as professional posters for use in the Health Department's SunWise Program. Visit www.azdhs.gov/phs/sunwise for details.

Treasures for Teachers
Treasures 4 Teachers is an Arizona nonprofit that provides donated reusable and recycled supplies for an annual fee of $50 to teachers and educators working in: Public, Parochial, & Charter Schools Home School Programs Early Care & Education Programs (Head Start & Crisis Centers) Before and After-school programs Community and Youth Organizations Visit their website at www.treasures4teachers.org/index.html.

Cutting Cost, Keeping Quality: Financing Strategies for Youth-Serving Organizations in A Difficult Economy
Read the report from The Finance Project here: www.financeproject.org/publications/CuttingCostKeepingQuality.pdf

America After 3 PM
Check out the key findings from an in-depth study of how America's children spend their afternoons. America After 3PM was conducted in 2009 for the Afterschool Alliance and surveyed nearly 30,000 households across the United States. Read the nationwide findings here: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/AA3PM.cfm Read the Arizona findings here: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/AA3PM_states.cfm?state_abbr=AZ&level=1