Since the pandemic, Mental Health has taken center stage for many wellness checks across occupations. However, we know that OST professionals are statistically less likely to take the time they need for themselves to take care of their emotional well-being. At the beginning of this month, we issued a survey requesting details of how members of our field prioritize their mental wellbeing and how your organization supports those efforts. The answers offer a glimpse of what a truly supported workforce looks like.
In her book, Emotional Agility, author Susan David writes about the challenging situations we face as humans. She says, “when we find ourselves experiencing something difficult, we often get enmeshed in our concerns, emotions, and stories.” However, David shares that we can step out of the struggle and into our strengths by asking ourselves one specific question--what are you proud of? This question, the author argues, is often reserved for bigger celebrations, but we’d benefit from asking it more frequently. Why? She says that when you find yourself in a disappointing or difficult situation it’s likely that there is an action you are taking that you feel proud of. Her advice? Look for opportunities and ask yourself what you’re proud of and notice how your answer motivates you to work toward what matters to you.
Are you looking for OST professional development opportunities to learn more about providing high-quality STEM programming? You’re in luck! We’re teaming up with ACRES to host four workshops focused on digital badges for afterschool and out-of-school professionals. These sessions are free, live, interactive, and one hour in length with some of ACRES’ amazing coaches!
Candidate applications to be considered for the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) Board of Directors are due Friday, May 26, 2023 at 9 p.m. ET! The term begins in July 2023, and our primary focus for this year’s board applications is on leaders whose work and professional expertise can further the goals of NAA and the afterschool profession through advocacy, media/messaging/storytelling, and fundraising.
Encourage your students to get active for 15 minutes of fitness and fun with the American Heart Association and the National Football League! With testing out of the way and a need for creative ways to stay active, the NFL PLAY 60 Fitness Breaks are the perfect way to help your students and program participants add more movement to their day. The NFL PLAY 60 Fitness Breaks also help students learn about the importance of physical activity and other health topics to boost long-term well-being. Watch with your students on-demand now.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of the word “frontline” gained traction. We used it to refer to people working in hospitals and positions essential to the country’s functioning. The term has its origins in the military where it is used to describe the place closest to the dangers of conflict and where close-range combat occurs. Images of combat don’t usually come to mind when we think of the frontline workers who led the country through the worst of the pandemic with compassion and dedication. And while the term ‘frontline’ is now used in many different settings, the word brings with it elements of its original meaning. Despite changes in how we use it, “frontline” still implies conflict, or at least friction. When applied to staff in out-of-school time (OST) settings, the term may subtly influence the way we think about their work and the children and youth they serve.
Dallas Afterschool, the city-wide intermediary in Dallas, Texas, held its first-ever regional conference. NAA CEO Gina Warner was invited to keynote the inaugural event. Gina started by addressing the innovative work being done in Dallas to support the youth and afterschool professionals across the city and appreciation for the diversity of programs found in the city.
So what are some problems that Out-of-School time (OST) practitioners experience when utilizing online resources? Well, the Achievery Learning Cohort identified several of these questions during their monthly virtual cohort meeting. After a couple of weeks to reflect on our initial brainstorming ideas from the kickoff meeting, the cohort rejoined to fine-tune their research project to create a tool that supports OST programs that gets the most out of online resources while also being equitable and valuable for their program utilizing The Achievery.
The National AfterSchool Association (NAA), a professional membership organization governed by a Board of Directors, is seeking candidates to fill board positions for terms starting July 2023. The primary focus of this year’s board applications is on leaders whose work and professional expertise can further the goals of NAA and the afterschool profession.
The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) annually honors the presenters of top NAA Convention sessions, and the results from NAA23 are officially in! With past favorites and new faces in the line-up, these extraordinary sessions and presenters were selected by Convention participants for their excellent content, dynamic facilitation, and relationship-building skills. They helped create the fantastic Convention experience the NAA community expects.
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