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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 15:30

Hear the Whole Song

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I've mentioned before my love of the band Mumford & Sons, and I have been delighted recently that my five-year old son has been similarly taken by them. The other day we were listening to "Roll Away Your Stone" and I was telling him how that was the first song…
Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:36

Words Matter

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"You look like a clown," my dad said as I got ready for picture day. Time froze. Tears poured down my face. Elementary school me was devastated. (Though, to be fair, my outfit matching skills needed a lot of work back then and using a headband for a scrunchie probably…
Friday, 14 October 2016 16:42

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

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1 in 5 children have dyslexia, a specific learning disability that impacts language processing (speech, reading, and writing). While this is something that impacts the lives of the children in our programs, it is something that doesn't often get covered in teacher or youth worker training programs. As the mother…
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 14:14

Risk + Fear + Courage = Change

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Based on personal experience and observation, I want to discuss risk-taking and transitions and the ability to recognize that this process is part of being creative and uncomfortable. This isn't just for artists, it is for the creative youth worker, entrepreneur and/or leader. What we do with and for youth…
Having made it through the hectic beginning of the new school year, now is a great time to take a fresh look at the food served in your afterschool program. Food is an important part of any afterschool program, helping to draw in children and to ensure that they are…
This month the Alliance for a Healthier Generation is celebrating America's Healthiest Schools. Schools recognized by the Alliance have met stringent guidelines for serving healthier meals and snacks, getting all children active and empowering school leaders to become healthy role models. Schools are essential partners for out-of-school time organizations. According…
The impact of yoga and mindfulness for children has become a topic of research and discussion. The findings in many studies are that yoga supports children with focus, concentration, self-regulation and coping with stress. Children and adolescents are faced with more stressors than ever before such as the pressures of…
From April 18 – 21, 2017, thousands of professionals will be joining together to learn, think, inspire, create, and grow at the 2017 BOOST Conference and we want YOU to help facilitate this growth and learning through our dynamic workshops. Think about your expertise, what you have to offer to…
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