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Afterschool Action Day 2020: Update!
It's time to register for our annual Afterschool Action Day trip to Harrisburg! This trip is a great civic engagement opportunity for you and the youth you serve to visit the state capitol to meet with elected officials. It's also a great way for youth and providers to connect with other programs, as we usually have around 120 participants joining us from Pittsburgh.
Update: This year's trip will take place on Tuesday May 19th, with buses leaving Pittsburgh at 5:30am. If you're able to join us, we encourage you to register as soon as possible so that we can reserve your space on the bus and begin scheduling with elected officials on your behalf. To learn more and to register, please complete the form at the link below.
Click here to learn more and join us on this year's trip!
Census: Contest Deadline Approaching!
The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform billions in federal funding, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade. APOST has partnered with the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers to host a video competition which will help children understand the importance of participating in the census. Win up to $500 cash! The contest is open to K-12th graders across Allegheny county. We encourage you to enter with your afterschool program for a chance to win and learn more about the census. Also, check out Space County! This app is a great way to engage students and teach them about the importance of being counted. 

For more information, including rules and deadlines, please click here.

OST Policy
Here's the latest on OST Policy: President Trump proposed a budget plan which eliminates afterschool and summer programs for 1.7M kids. Take action: call on Congress to protect funding for afterschool and summer learning programs. 

Primary Season is Here! Where Do Candidates Stand on Afterschool? The Afterschool Alliance’s latest blog tracks the candidates’ proposals related to their support for afterschool and summer programs with summaries of their positions.

The State of Summer Learning: A Snapshot: In this policy publication, the National Summer Learning Association presents steps policy leaders can take to ensure that summer provides a chance for all children to improve their health, academics, SEL, and career skills.
RML Ignite Grants: 5K for network members as they imagine something new, build on their strengths, or re-energize their existing learning innovations. Deadline: March 13th
Teacher as Researcher Grant: up to 5K teachers who conduct research inquiries in their classrooms. Deadline: March 15th
Expanding Disability Inclusion and Access: funding for organizations to become more fully inclusive of individuals with disabilities. Deadline: April 1st
PA Food Recovery: Grants up to 200K for shelters, food banks, nonprofit food management. Deadline: April 24th. 
Staunton Farm Foundation: capacity building grants and support for 1 year. Deadline: March 31st
Governor's STEM: $500 grants to students grades 9-12 competing in STEM. Deadline: May 7-8, 202


Global Goals 

Global Goals is home to the world’s largest lesson! The site introduces students to seventeen sustainable development goals agreed upon by world leaders for a better world by 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality, and stop climate change. Each goal includes lessons and resources to use with students of all ages. Grades K and up.

Click here to visit the website. 

Upcoming Events

March 10th: Free Teacher Workshop & Playdate
March 11th: PSAYDN Annual Meeting 
March 11th: WEBINAR: Disability Smart Events: Welcoming, Not Simply Accommodating
March 13th: Orientation to the Nonprofit Resource Center
March 14th: Mentoring 101
March 18th: Mentoring Partnership: March LENS Meeting
March 18th: Introduction to Proposal Writing
March 18th: Funder Fundamentals
March 18th: Pitt American Experience Lecture: Will Race Matter?
March 18th, 25th: 2 Day Practical Training in Project-Based Learning with the Consortium for Public Education
March 19th: Coffee Connections: I Need A Board -- Where Do I Start?
March 19th: WEBINAR: Activating the Power of Youth Voice
March 25th: ECS Job Fair
March 25th: Grants Cafe
April 1st: Positive Youth Development across the Federal Government

For more events, please click the links below:

APOST Activities
FREE Trainings!

The Afterschool Bookshelf
Weds, April 1st

Center of Life 
Click here to register. 
You Decide 

The NAA's (National Afterschool Association) latest report, Supporting and Strengthening Racial Equity, offers lessons learned and recommendations for what afterschool programs can do to close the racial leadership gap. 

Click here to read more. 
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