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Pre-Session Advocacy Strategy Webinars

on Thu, 01/05/2017 - 00:27

The new legislative session begins in a couple weeks.  Throughout the 90-day session, it is important that we reach out to our Legislators and share the stories of the children and families we serve. As Legislators grapple with how to address our state’s current fiscal crisis, it will be equally important to communicate the needs and impacts of our services.   
To prepare us for the upcoming session, the Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) is hosting a pair of advocacy webinars scheduled for the afternoons of January 12 and 13. And they’re absolutely FREE!
Strategy sessions will feature an overview

RFP: STEM Afterschool Innovation Grants

on Fri, 11/18/2016 - 00:33

BP Alaska, the Juneau Economic Development Council, and the Alaska Afterschool Network have announced a new funding source for the advancement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in out-of-school time – STEM Afterschool Innovation Grants. These grants will increase the investment in Alaska’s afterschool programs to help meet the growing need for a talented STEM workforce.  

STEM Afterschool Innovation Grants are designed to support afterschool programs in their efforts to develop, improve, or expand innovative instructional programs in science, technology, engineering,

Youth Homelessness Workshop

on Tue, 08/23/2016 - 22:16

NeighborWorks® Alaska, in partnership with Fairbanks Youth Services, MyHouse Mat-Su, Facing Foster Care in Alaska, Kodiak Island Housing Authority, and Juneau Youth Services, is hosting a free one-day workshop on Monday, September 12, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to address the challenges and barriers for youth facing homelessness. The one-day seminar, held at the BP Energy Center, will feature local speakers and facilitated group discussions.

The event is free with limited space. RSVP to Chantel Welch by Wednesday, September 7.


Tribal Youth Program Training

on Mon, 08/15/2016 - 22:57

The Resource Basket and Alaska Afterschool Network are offering a free training opportunity for Interior-based organizations and adults who support youth groups and youth programs in rural Alaska. The training will take place September 13-14, at the UAF Harper Building (4280 Geist Rd). To register, click here  or contact The Resource Basket. The deadline to register is Friday, September 2.

Participants will explore the connections between traditional cultural practices and evidence-based methods for supporting Alaskan youth groups and activities.

Network Chair Named Champion for Kids

on Thu, 06/30/2016 - 22:35

Congratulations Julie Wild-Curry

Julie Wild-Curry, chair of the Alaska Afterschool Network, has been recognized for her outstanding work in advocating for Alaska's youth and out-of-school time programming by being named a 2016 Champion for Kids. Julie is the Director of Afterschool Programs for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and a White-Riley-Peterson Fellow.

For more than 25 years, Julie has been an advocate for Alaska’s children. Throughout her career she has continued to fight for increased opportunities and funding for children and families during out-of-school time.

Economic Impact of Early Care & Learning Report

Economic Impact of Early Care & Learning in Alaska

Alaska's early care and learning sector is unique in the breadth of its contribution to the economy. The sector supports:

  • Thousands of jobs for Alaskans
  • Increased opportunity for Alaskans to work and earn income
  • A stable resident worforce for Alaska emplyers
  • Economic benefits that far exceed cost 

This report covers the economic impact of early care and learning programs that serve children birth to age 12. 

Economic Impact of Early Care and Learning in Alaska - Full Report

Economic Impact of Early Care and Learning in Alaska - Summary Report

Alaska Afterschool Conference

on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 22:25

Alaska Afterschool Conference

November 7-8, 2016
Anchorage, Alaska

The Alaska Afterschool Conference is designed to support the professional development of Alaska's out-of-school time providers. The conference will feature workshops from national and local presenters. This conference is a partnership between the State of Alaska Department of Education & Early Development and the Alaska Afterschool Network.

For more information or questions, please contact Thomas Azzarella at 907-248-7371 or    

Click here for more information & registration 

Webinar: Deconstructing SEL Practice

on Sat, 11/07/2015 - 00:20

Webinar: Deconstructing Social Emotional Learning Practice

A Free Thought Leader Conversation

Thursday, November 12, 8am AKST (1pm EST)

How does the magic happen in a good out-of-school time program? New research is helping practitioners answer that question with precision. Join Karen Pittman as she interviews Dr.

Webinar Strengthening Families

on Sat, 11/07/2015 - 00:11

FREE Strengthening Families Webinar

Thursday, November 19, 11am-12pm

In this training you will learn about the 5 foundational Protective Factors of the Strengthening Families Approach. Research supports the notion that when Protective Factors are well established in a family, the likelihood of child abuse and neglect diminishes. Protective Factors also promote and build family strengths for optimal child and youth development.

Learn from Shirley Pittz, Alaska's local Strengthening Families expert about these Protective Factors and how to implement them in your community to strengthen