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Did You Know?
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OST Matters


Lights on Afterschool is almost here! 
America will light up for the nation's biggest rally for afterschool on October 26, 2017. Be a part of the celebration!

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.

The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things—such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do, and poetry—and discover new skills. The events send a powerful message that millions of more kids need quality afterschool programs. More details, including how to register, can be found here.

This year the celebration holds even more importance, given the threat of funding cuts in the area of afterschool programs. Hosting an event is a great way to inspire support for your program and others across the country. Please visit the Afterschool Alliance page for more fun and effective ways to celebrate this day!
Local Spotlight
This month we are highlighting the upcoming release of the updated Afterschool Directory by After School Activities Partnerships (ASAP):
It’s that time of year again - After School Activities Partnerships (ASAP) is updating its annual Directory of After School Programs!
In order to have your site featured in The Daily News on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017, don’t miss the upcoming deadline for updating your site’s listings by 8/17/17!

Please be sure to:
  • Review your site’s listing by clicking here.
  • Update your current listing, with any additional program details by contacting Paul Carroll,, 215-545-2727x11
  • Submit any new location/site listings by clicking here
In addition, ASAP is excited to announce two new filtered activity boxes, Reading Enrichment and Reading Tutoring, as part of Read by 4th, a citywide campaign to have all children reading on grade level by 4th grade in Philadelphia. There are also opportunities to find available child care subsidies at specific sites, and help text to improve the overall user experience of the directory online search engine for all!
 PLUS: It’s not too late to find summer programs: click here
If you need any assistance please contact Paul Carroll at the contact information provided above.


Data and Quality Insights

Now that we have nearly a full dataset for OST programs tracked in the PhillyBOOST data system for School Year 2016-2017 (SY17), we are beginning to do some preliminary analyses of trends in demographics and attendance data, as comparing this year's data to previous years.

The map below shows Philadelphia zipcodes with color codings based on the changes in number of OST participants from that zipcode who were tracked in our data system during SY17, as comparded to the previous school year (SY16). The zipcodes that are shaded the darkest blue had the largest percentage increases in OST participants from that zipcode, while those in the darkest orange had the largest percentage decreases in OST participants from that zipcode. The numbers listed beneath the percentages are the total numbers of participants from each corresponding zipcode who were enrolled during SY17.

This year, the most substantial increases in OST participation occurred among participants from Northeast Philadelphia, University City, South Philadelphia, and Southwest Philadelphia. Decreases occurred in parts of upper North Philadelphia and the lower Northeast.

Note: Home zipcode data was missing for 12.6% of SY17 OST participants and 14.3% of SY16 OST participants.

Other News and Highlights...
Examining Youth Mentoring Services across America:

  • In the last half of 2016, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership led an extensive survey of the nation’s youth mentoring programs to learn more about their services, internal capacities, and the youth, families, and volunteers they serve.
    The survey gathered detailed information about:
    • 1,271 mentoring agencies and 1,451 distinct mentoring programs
    • 413,237 youth served by 193,823 mentors and supported by 10,804 staff members
    • The services, practices, settings, goals, challenges, and financial resources of these programs
The survey findings are all the more interesting given that  After-school programs are a conducive environment for formal and informal mentoring of young peopleFindings from the 2016 National Mentoring Program Survey can be downloaded here...

Grant Opportunities: 
  • Building Capacity for Evaluation Initiative:
    The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation and The Barra Foundation are supporting six non-profit organizations to receive evaluation training and consultation from The Consultation Center at Yale starting in Fall 2017. 
    The six organizations will receive two years training and consultation in practical program evaluation skills to track program processes and outcomes, and to communicate effectively about evaluation and quality assurance data. The deadline for proposal submission is August 14, 2017. More details can be found
  • Kids Run the Nation Fund Grants

    In 2007, the Road Runners Club of America developed the Kids Run the Nation Fund to assists running clubs and schools that are interested in implementing or currently have a youth running program. Since then, RRCA has awarded grants totaling $175,000 and donated thousands of program guides and youth booklets to youth programs around the United States.

    To advance this mission, RRCA will award grants of up to $1,000 to running clubs and other nonprofits organizations in support of structured youth running programs that use RRCA youth running materials. Program goals must include motivating kids to run regularly (at least once a week for multiple weeks), as opposed to participating in a single event. Deadline for application is October 1st, 2017. More details can be found here...

    Job opportunity:

  • Director of Youth Services, Congreso de Latinos Unidos
    Congreso is seeking a highly-motivated youth development leader to oversee its Children and Youth Services Department. The Director of Youth Services is a member of Education and Workforce Services Division’s Leadership Team and is supervised by the Vice President of Education and Workforce Services. As EWS’s largest department, Children and Youth Services operates in 8 offsite locations in North Philadelphia and currently houses about 90 full time and part time staff. More details can be found here...

 Did You Know?

Cost and lack of a safe way for their children to get to and come home from after-school programs are among the barriers that low-income households, African-American families and Hispanic families report keep them from enrolling their children in an after-school program. Among parents who would enroll their child in an after-school program if one were available to them, obstacles to enrollment differed by income and by race and ethnicity. The lack of a safe way for their child to get to and come home from an after-school program was cited as barrier to enrolling their child in a program by 55 percent of African-American parents, 53 percent of Hispanic parents and 54 percent of low-income households, compared to 48 percent of higher-income households and half of Caucasian parents.

Source: The 2014 America After 3PM research and report

Fun Facts

  • Kitchen sponges harbor 7 times more harmful bacteria per cubic centimeter than there are people on Earth, and the solution is not to clean them but replace weekly.
  • The whitish, slimy trail that slugs leave behind has inspired a novel type of glue—one that’s extremely flexible and compatible with body fluids. Unlike other types of surgical glues, the new class of sealants, dubbed tough adhesives, is nontoxic and sticks to wet tissues such as heart and liver, even when their surfaces are covered with blood. 
  • You may want to be careful with that 5 second rule: According to researchers from Clemson University, some bacteria like salmonella can live for up to a month on a typical kitchen floor and transfer instantly to dropped food.

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PhillyBOOST is a collaboration between the various networks of Out-of-School Time (OST) Programs of Philadelphia. We have been working towards building an engaging, robust, data-driven out-of-school time delivery system so that all youth will have the opportunity to be engaged in positive activitiesduringafterschool hours, weekends and summer. PhillyBOOST out-of-school time programs (currently, DHS funded CBO’s, PPR, FLP and a few others) are marked by their use of our Information System and a commitment to continuous program quality improvement. Efforts and resources are being aligned to provide all children in Philadelphia, especially those in greatest need, with accessible, high quality programs and activities resulting in more and better opportunities for learning, while ensuring their safety and wellbeing.

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