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SUMMER LEARNING RESOURCES ON ION'S WEBSITE

 
The Idaho Out-of-School Network has rounded up resources to support planning for summer! These resources include best practice and guidance in essential areas of summer programming and utilizes up-to-date information from the state of Idaho, the CDC, and other national resources.
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THINK MAKE CREATE LABS LAUNCH

 
The Idaho Think Make Create Labs, a project of the Idaho Out-of-School Network, are being deploying across the State. On May 16th a ribbon cutting was held at the YMCA in Caldwell and Superintendent Sherri Ibarra was in attendance providing her support for this quality STEM learning lab. 16 mobile maker units will be active across Idaho by this Fall. Many sponsors are making this happen including Sparklight, Micron, Optum, INL, Idaho State Department of Education, STEM Action Center, Lewiston Boys and Girls Club, University of Idaho 4-H Extension, the Idaho STEM EcoSystem  and STCU .  Lead partners are working diligently and include Gizmo Cda, Career and Technical Education, the Idaho STEM Action Center, Univeristy of Idaho 4-H Extension and AmeriCorps.  Keep an eye out of the Labs and please visit our website to learn more or get involved!
LEARN MORE ABOUT TMC LABS

REGISTER FOR THE POWER UP SUMMIT TODAY

The school year is wrapping up and what a year it has been! Now is the perfect time to register for the Power Up Summit before summer programming begins. Early bird pricing of $75/participant will end August 1st.

We are so excited for the Summit this year. We have a great line up of keynotes and breakout session presenters. A great learning environment for all out-of-school time professionals- whether a front line staff or Director- there will be something for you! Register and join us in-person at the Riverside Hotel in Boise on September 9th and 10th.
REGISTER
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EXHIBIT AT THE POWER UP SUMMIT

Does your organization have resources for out-of-school programs? Sign up to have an exhibition table at the Power Up Summit on September 9th and/or 10th. We will feature STEM exhibitors on September 9th and all other exhibitors on the 10th. This is a great opportunity to feature your organization, share your resources, and connect with out-of-school educators from across Idaho.

 
REGISTER AN EXHIBIT TABLE
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LIST YOUR JOB ON ION'S WEBSITE

Keeping your program staffed can be difficult even during the best circumstances. With the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping your program staffed has become even more difficult. ION wants to help. We have a Job and Volunteer Opportunities webpage and we'd love to list your job openings for you.

If you're hiring and would like us to list your position on our website, please send the information to Emily Bohman at idahoafterschool@gmail.com.

 
CHECK OUT OUR JOBS WEBPAGE

LIBRARIES KEEP STUDENTS LEARNING AND ADULTS EARNING/ AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT GRANT


The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 was signed into law on March 11. It designates $200 million in pandemic response funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Of the $200 million, $178 million is allocated for state library administrative agencies. Idaho's allotment of the ARPA funding will be approximately $2.4 million and will help support Idaho libraries' efforts to keep students learning and adults earning. These funds will address the need for equitable access to broadband and quality digital content.

The Idaho Commission for Libraries plans to allot approximately $1 million in ARPA funds to establish the "Libraries Keep Students Learning and Adults Earning/American Rescue Plan Act Grant". These are one-time grants.

Applications are due by June 15, 2021. Grants are open to public, school, academic and tribal libraries.
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PRE-EMPLOYMENT TRANSITION SERVICES FOR YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES


The Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation provides multiple services for people in Idaho including pre-employment transition services for students with disabilities to learn through work and education. These services include:

-Job exploration counseling
-Work based learning opportunities
-Counseling on post-secondary educational opportunities
-Workplace readiness training
-Instruction in self-advocacy
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RESOURCE: TOXIC POPCORN DESIGN CHALLENGE


Check out this toxic popcorn design challenge from TryEngineering that introduces youth to the engineering design process (EDP). Youth work in teams to solve the challenge by designing both a product and process to safely remove "toxic" popcorn and save the city.
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IDAHO INDIAN EDUCATION SUMMIT: JUNE 14-15


The Idaho Indian Education Summit will be held on June 14-15, 2021 in Moscow, Idaho. It will be limited to 50 participants in-person, however you can also attend virtually. Registration closes on June 4, 2021.
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BOISE STATE'S CYBER SUMMER CAMP


Boise State's Cyber Summer camp, held at Boise State from July 12-16, is aimed at getting those who don't have a lot of information technology and hands-on experience interested in cyber and computers. At the camp, you'll learn about computing and cybersecurity basics.

Students will have the opportunity to:
-build a computer
-install various operating systems
-build a network
-learn what a cyber blue team does, and
-participate in a capture the flag event throughout the week.

This camp is for junior high and high school students. Lunch will be provided.

Apply by June 14th.
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APPLY

FREE WEBINAR: CREATING QUALITY MULTI-AGE CHILD CARE LEARNING SPACES


IdahoSTARS is presenting a free webinar on June 30, 2021 at 6:30 pm MST. The webinar is titled "Creating Quality Multi-Age Child Care Learning Spaces." It describes the importance of multi-age learning spaces which are intended to optimize what can be learned when children of different, as well as the same, ages and abilities have opportunity to interact, capitalizing on the cross-age learning where children benefit from a rich, social learning environment.
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AMERICAN CAMP ASSOCIATION'S COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTER FOR CAMPS


The safety and health of campers  and staff is always the highest priority at camp, and camps have a long history of planning for and managing communicable diseases. With the spread of the coronavirus disease within the United States, camps are reviewing and updating health-related plans and procedures.

Since March of 2020, the American Camp Association has developed and provided the COVID resources available below for every camp, program and youth serving organization. Check out this resources for COVID-19 resources related to camp.
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AMERICA AFTER 3PM SPECIAL REPORT


The America After 3PM special report, Time for a Game-Changing Summer, With Opportunity and Growth for All of America's Youth, is based on research commissioned and funded by The Wallace Foundation as part of its mission to foster equity and improvements in learning and enrichment for young people, and in the arts for every by supporting and sharing effective ideas and practices.

Check out the report with data based on the 2020 America After 3PM survey results.
READ THE REPORT

ST. LUKE'S TO PROVIDE PFIZER COVID-19 VACCINE FOR CHILDREN AGES 12-15


Children ages 12-15 years old can now receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at St. Luke's. To find a location, please click here to see a complete list of St. Luke's vaccination clinics.

It's important to note the COVID-19 vaccine cannot be given within two weeks of when someone received any other vaccine. Parents should keep that in mind as they're considering and planning their child's routine vaccination schedule. Also, the entire process to reach full protection with both doses takes about five weeks.
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CDC'S GUIDANCE FOR OPERATING YOUTH AND SUMMER CAMPS DURING COVID-19


The CDC has released guidance for operating youth and summer camps during COVID-19. It is intended for all types of youth day camps with additional guidance provided for overnight camps. It also describes physical distancing recommendations for day camps as well as strategies that camp programs can use to maintain healthy environments and operations, lower the risk of COVID-19 spread in their programs, prepare for when someone is sick with COVID-19, and support coping and resilience.
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DOWNLOAD PEER PRESSURE, A FREE DIGITAL LESSON


Helping young people learn to make healthier decisions supports their overall well-being now and for the future. That's especially true when it comes to giving them the facts about substance misuse and expanding their ability to respond to peer pressure when offered opioids or other substances like drugs or alcohol.

In Peer Pressure, a digital lesson available at no-cost through Dose of Knowledge, young people learn about exit strategies, refusal tactics, and how they can positively impact their communities by making healthy choices.

Explore additional digital resources for youth in grades 6-12 at DoseofKnowledge.com to initiate critical conversations with young people or other key topics including mental wellness, opioids and their effect on the brain and ways to support those who may be struggling with substance misuse or substance use disorder.
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MILLION GIRLS MOONSHOT WEBINAR ON JUNE 22: CURIOUS ABOUT CURIOSITY CAMP? IF/THEN COLLECTION RESOURCES TO SUPPORT GIRLS IN STEM


GoldiBlox is educating and empowering girls by creating engaging content, fun toys and interesting resources. In this webinar, you'll learn more about the IF/THEN Collection and Curiosity Camp resources, produced by GoldiBlox, and how to use them to support gender equity in STEM programs. Hear from the founder of GoldiBlox, Debbie Sterling, and the stars of Curiosity Camp, about why having role models and resources for girls in STEM is important.

Webinar Information
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 pm MT
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MILLION GIRLS MOONSHOT FEATURED ON DEMAND WEBINARS: ENGINEERING MINDSET


Million Girls Moonshot has provided recordings to past webinars about an engineering mindset. Watch these and learn how to incorporate an engineering mindset with the youth in your program.

Webinar 1: What is an Engineering Mindset? with Christine Cunningham
Listen to Recording

Webinar 2: Deep Dive into each Engineering Mindset Practice with Christine Cunningham
Listen to Recording 1
Listen to Recording 2
Listen to Recording 3
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