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Lights on Afterschool 2019

Are you ready? It's almost time to turn the Lights on Afterschool this year! Lights On Afterschool is a national day to celebrate all of the great things happening afterschool. On October 24th, 2019, afterschool programs across the nation will host events inviting community members to experience afterschool first hand. Don't know where an event is happening near you? Check out our listing at the link below to find out where you can go to celebrate! We can't wait to see you there to celebrate the fantastic afterschool programs in our region that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families. Lights On Afterschool is a day to help shine a national spotlight on their impact! #LightsOnAfterschool

Click here for a listing of #LightsonAfterschool events near you!

Call for Presenters
Empower 2020 is Pennsylvania's only out-of-school time conference designed to bridge learning and STEM Ecosystems as well as provide networking opportunities for all who work toward the successful future of our children and youth. The conference provides high quality professional development opportunities for afterschool professionals, administrators, youth development workers, community partners, parents, policymakers, and other advocates who work on behalf of children and youth. PSAYDN seeks high quality, effective presentations addressing the latest research and promising practices in supporting children and youth success as well as continuing professional development for professionals. Deadline to apply is Friday October 18th, 2019. 

Click here to learn more and to apply. 
Simple Interactions
Are you a teaching artist looking for an advanced professional development opportunity? APOST and the University of Pittsburgh School of Education are partnering to present the Simple Interactions Leadership Program (SILP). This special six-week experience will help teaching artists identify ways to increase their interactions with youth in OST settings. SILP is hosted in multiple forms and this year's Fall 2019 Cohort will target teaching artists. Teaching Artists deliver unique and creative programming and will bring a unique perspective to SILP. Only 12 participants will be accepted. The application deadline has been extended to October 11thIf you have any questions about the application please contact Debralyn Woodberry-Shaw at

 Click here to learn more and to apply.  


Hershey's Heartwarming Action: funding for ideas that jumpstart inclusion, empathy and kindness in your school or community. Deadline: October 31st
AAUW Community Action: grants that address issues related to the needs of women and girls. Deadline: December 1st
AMS Epsilon Fund: support of summer mathematics programs for high school students. Deadline: December 15th
Save-a-lot: sponsorships and grants for hunger relief, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and more. Deadline: Rolling 
Empatico: Amazon giftcards for programs utilizing the Empatico online platform to build empathy. Deadline: Rolling
FLEET: Mini-grants for STEM programs. Deadline: Rolling

Haring Kids
Haring Kids is a wonderful interactive site by Keith Haring, an artist who loved children: activities, stories, animations and an addictive online colouring book.

Click here to visit the website. 

APOST Activities
FREE Trainings!

Recruiting & Retaining Talented Staff
Friday October 18th
United Way of SWPA
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You Decide 

It is possible that not all screen time is equally bad for a child's performance at school. A new review of 58 studies from 23 countries found only the time spent watching television and playing video games negatively impacted a child's academics.

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