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Announcements from the Center

Help Us to Put a Face to Afterschool,
Send Us Pictures of Your Program!

The Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence is looking for real pictures of staff and youth in out-of-
school time programs to use on our website and in our various communications with the public. By using
real pictures of real programs, we can begin to put a real face to afterschool!

IMPORTANT: Please be sure to have parents/caregivers sign a photo release before sending pictures!

Send your program photos to

There's Still Time to Register to Vote in the 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 by visiting: and then

be sure to cast your YES vote starting April 22nd.

Read the 12 News Report on the Sales Tax Increase here

Celebrate Quality Staff, Programs and Leaders

with the 2010 Afterschool Awards of Excellence!
Nominations are now open for the Afterschool Awards of Excellence! On October 13, 2010,
outstanding out-of-school time programs, staff and leaders will be recognized at the 9th Annual Spotlight
on Afterschool: Awards of Excellence Luncheon.

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 Monday, May 31, 2010 <

Guidelines & Applications are available on our website or

or by contacting Caitlin King at 602.496.3308 or

Winners will be recognized at the Spotlight on Afterschool Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, October
13th, 2010 at 11:30 am
Arizona Biltmore Resort, Grand Ballroom

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 "afterschool 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 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 here...

Data Needed to Support Afterschool Agenda - Include Your Program on the

Arizona Afterschool MAP!
Add your afterschool program to the MAP on our website at:

Afterschool in the News

Scottsdale afterschool programs may be next on the budgetary chopping block...
The City of Scottsdale may close 9 afterschool programs serving over 1,000 children and youth to reduce
city costs. Read The Arizona Republic article here...

City of Marana afterschool and recreation programs take a hit

The proposed budget for the City of Marana would eliminate 16.5 employees from the city's Parks and
Recreation Department, forcing the closure of afterschool and recreation programs.
Read the Explorer News article here

Job Opportunities
SOUTH MOUNTAIN YMCA, Multiple Positions
The South Mountain YMCA is looking for individuals to work in a variety of program areas. For the
summer they are looking for aquatics, sports, fitness, and membership staff members.
For more information on these positions, contact Brienne McDowell at 602.276.4246,

VALLEY OF THE SUN YMCA, Mentoring Program Site Director

The Building Futures Mentoring Program Site Director of the Valley of the Sun YMCA will be responsible
for implementation of one of the Building Futures Mentoring Grant program site areas in Greater Phoenix.

A bachelor's degree in a related field is required - prefer BSW, with previous YMCA/Mentoring/Social
Work and Management experience and have a valid driver's license and reliable transportation.

For more information, contact Dawn Long at 602.257.5123, or

The Valley of the Sun YMCA is looking for a candidate to instruct and assist teen and young adult
students participating in the Las Artes de Maricopa County program. This program will work with
teen/young adult students who will be taking GED Preparation and Work Readiness classes via a
computer-based system and will need assistance answering general study questions.

The ideal candidate will have GED/Adult Basic Education Certification or teacher certification with a
minimum of 2 years' classroom teaching experience. The ability to develop positive relationships with
young adults/teens and to communicate effectively with members, staff, peers, volunteers, and supervisor
is important. A DPS fingerprint clearance card and a valid driver's license are required.
For more information, contact Dawn Long at 602.257.5123, or


Phoenix Youth at Risk is seeking a Homeless Children's Mentoring Program Match Specialist for its
P.A.L.S. Program. The Match Specialist is responsible for the success of matches in the P.A.L.S.
program. The P.A.L.S. program mentors youth ages 5-14 who reside in transitional homeless shelters
with their family.

A bachelor's degree in social work, psychology or a related field is required. Two years' case
management experience is preferred.
For more information or to apply, contact Heather Walsh at 602.258.1012, or

PHOENIX ART MUSEUM, Part-Time School Programs Coordinator

Phoenix Art Museum is looking for a School Programs Coordinator to assist with evaluation,
development, promotion, and coordination of Museum education programs targeted to educators in select
K-12 schools. Serve as liaison to school districts, private and charter schools, and educators for Museum
education services and programs.

For information about minimum qualifications, visit

Submit cover letter, resume and salary history (or pay requirements) to

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 Once there, click on About Us, then Careers at the top of the page. Please no
phone inquiries. EOE.

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 Call 480.783.4064 for more information.
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

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 Visit the web site at 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


time 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

GIRL SCOUTS ARIZONA, Program Specialist

Summer camp positions available in Phoenix, Prescott and Payson!

For more information, visit:

Funding Opportunities
Northland Youth Coalition to Offer Mini-Grants to Programs in Navajo and Apache
Deadline: April 26, 2010
The Northland Youth Coalition is pleased to announce the opportunity to request for proposals for mini-
grants from $100 - $300 each for regional youth programs. (When we say "mini," we mean "mini"!) The
Mini-Grant Program has been developed to recognize, fund and celebrate creative small-scale projects or
program enhancements that will occur before June 30, 2010 at individual school-age sites. These mini
grants reflect the Coalition's commitment to supporting Northeastern Arizona school-age afterschool
providers in their effort to improve the quality of their programs. Funds will be available at the beginning of
May 2010.

We know that school age child care and youth program providers can make a little go a long way. The
Coalition wants to directly impact the quality of program that YOU can offer. Is there something you have
always wanted to do at your site, but your program just doesn't have the extra cash? Is there some kind
of equipment that you know would make a great difference in how children spend the day with
you? These are the kinds of projects they are looking to fund. Application can be found hereor by visiting
the Northland Youth Coalition regional webpage at
AZ.aspx. For more information , please contact Stefan Wehnau at 928.532.4141.

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 seven-
member Sharing the Prize Seed Advisory Board, which represents leaders from across the Valley. For
more information, visit

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

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 or contact Chris D'Agostino at or 202.347.2030.

Target Grants for Arts and Literacy Programs

Deadline: April 30, 2010
Target is offering grants of $2,000 to K-12 schools and nonprofits working to support programs that
encourage reading and the arts including in-school performances, artist-in-residency programs,
workshops, and family reading nights.

Click here for grant guidelines and details.

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
Brower Youth Awards
Deadline: May 15, 2010
Brower Youth Awards - for youth-led positive change in the area of Earth Island Institute is offering
awards to outstanding youth 13+ years of age for youth-led positive change in the area of the
environment. Six winners will be chosen to receive $3,000 each.
Visit The Earth Island Institute's New Leader Initiative website for guidelines and applications:

Liberty Mutual Grants for Youth Sports Leagues

Deadline: May 31, 2010
Liberty Mutual is awarding grants for up to $5,000 to youth sports organizations working to promote
responsible sports parenting and/or responsible coaching in their communities.

Click here for details and applications.

Arts Learning Grants

Deadline: June 10, 2010
The National Endowment for the Arts is providing grants (up to $150,000) for school and community-
based projects that help children and youth acquire knowledge, understanding and skills in the arts. After-
school and summer programs are eligible.

Visit 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:


Trainings & Events

Future Stars, Good Times: Family Fun Day
Saturday, April 17 from 1- 4 pm

Future Stars Inc, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for inner-city youth to
achieve their goals in higher education with a focus on sports and technology. Future Stars in partnership
with Positive Image is hosting "Good Times: Family Fun Game Day" an event for parents and children to
spend some important family time together. This event includes interactive games for parents and their
Where: Fountain of Life House of Worship, 8838 South 2nd Ave, Phoenix, 85041
For more information, contact Future Stars at 623.221.0902 or

Upcoming Training Session: Life Learning Techniques II: Personalities, Love

Languages, Breathing and Our Bodies
April 21 from 6 - 9pm
Where: St. Phillips Plaza (Campbell and River) in TUCSON
Contact: Lindie Hunter at 520.888.2727 x101
Cost: $30
Community Extension Programs, Tucson Children's Project and Child-Parent Centers, Inc. present the
second in the series with Enrique Feldman. This Professional Development opportunity is a stand-alone
session and you will gain a deeper understanding of the connection between mind, body and learning.
Enrique is high energy, fun and offers strategies that you can put into action right away.

This presentation is part of the Speakers and Scholars series of professional development presentations
that are focused on children - their competency and their creativity, their languages and their stories,
within the context of their families and community. A light supper and a certificate for 2 1/2 hours of
professional development are included.

Children's Action Alliance is Now Accepting Applications for the 2010 Leadership
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 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!

Upcoming Training Sessions: Arts Integration Academy

Arts Integration Academy For Classroom Teachers, Teaching Artists, Arts Integration Specialists, and

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:

Youth Summer Sessions at the Audubon Center

The Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Solado Audubon Center is offering four, hands-on sessions, each one jam-
packed with unique field experiences. Sessions are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 1 pm. The camp
experience is best suited to ages 8 to 12 and class size is limited so sign up soon! Sessions are as
June 21-25,Beginning with Birds
June 28-July 2, Mysterious Mammals
July 12-16,Conservation Crusaders
July 19-23,Wet and Wild Arizona Waters
Tuition: $85 per student per session, $75 for Audubon members. To sign up, go to
or for more information, please call 602.468.6470 x125.

Save the Date: Spotlight on Afterschool: Awards of Excellence Luncheon on

October 13th!
Celebrate the work of afterschool programs, staff and leaders in Arizona at the 9th Annual Spotlight on
Afterschool: Awards of Excellence Luncheon!

October 13, 2010 at 11:30 am

Arizona Biltmore Resort, Grand Ballroom

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 for details.

Healthy Teen Network

The Lucille Packard Foundation for Children's Health recently released the updated companion Resource
Guide to the report, Putting It All Together: Guiding Principles for Quality After-School Programs Serving
Preteens.This online Resource Guide provides recent research and tools to help service providers
strengthen their after-school programs, particularly those serving preteens.

The guide is organized around the six principles of quality after-school programs that are described in the
above-mentioned report from 2008, including; Focused and Intentional Strategy, Exposure, Supportive
Relationships, Family Engagement, Cultural Competence, Continuous Program Improvement, and
additional resources. For more information click here.

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

Cutting Cost, Keeping Quality: Financing Strategies for Youth-Serving
Organizations in A Difficult Economy
Read the report from The Finance Project here:

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:

Read the Arizona findings here: