OregonASK is a collaboration of public and private organizations and community members which seek to address common issues and concerns across all out-of-school time services – child care, recreation, education and youth development.
OregonASK has been awarded funds to host school age trainings all around the state in an effort to provide more quality professional development opportunities for school age providers. We will be combining these trips with OGCP forums, visiting Medford, Klamath Falls, Newport, Bend, Hood River, and Umatilla over the next two months.
Click Here to see our full list of training and forum locations near you. Hope to see you out there!
Looking for a way to honor a volunteer? Oregon Volunteers is delighted to celebrate National Volunteer Week by announcing the opening of nominations for the 2015 Governor's Volunteer Awards. This year nominations will be accepted through a new online portal from April 17 - August 2, culminating in an awards luncheon at the Salem Conference Center on Monday, October 12, 2015. CLICK HERE to find out more about the process and new categories.
STEM Week Oregon is a state-wide movement to raise awareness, celebrate and engage young people in activities involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Check out what is going on in your area at STEM Oregon.
OregonASK joins over 60 groups that have come together to build United for Kids, a legislative policy agenda for Oregon's Kids - because we agree it is time to work together.
United for Kids has released a 2015 Children's Agenda. We encourage you to review the document and pay particular attention to page four (4). Look at the header: it is time that every student has an equal chance to succeed. The agenda suggests investment in expanded learning opportunities afterschool and in the summer to support health and academic achievement and prevent learning loss. We agree.
Stay tuned for more updates.
Starting this February, OregonASK will be following the progress of the Mythos Challenge, taking place throughout Multnomah County over the next several months. The Mythos Challenge is a collaborative project put together by Pixel Arts, Portland Art Museum (PAM), Girls Inc., ChickTech, Portland Youth Builders, and Multnomah County Public Library and numerous other partner to engage youth in this unique opportunity to become part of the Gods and Heroes exhibition at PAM this summer.
Check out this months update on the forming of the Mythos Challenge Youth Council
The training philosophy at OregonASK is to improve the the quality of afterschool programs by providing relevant training and resources. The OregonASK Quality Team's fall training season started with gusto in August and peaked in November with the annual Oregon Afterschool Conference. The Team delivered over 100 hours of training to nearly 400 afterschool providers by the end of November. Half of those training hours were related to offering STEM content in afterschool.
Another project of the Quality Team is supporting licensed, school-age childcare sites in the Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) and encouraging staff to participate in and log their professional development and education in The Oregon Registry. The Team has been working with 40 sites in 2014 and will add 5 more in the New Year.
Additionally, the Quality Team serves afterschool programs by offering observation and assessment based on Oregon's Quality Standards for Afterschool and Summer Programs. Like QRIS, this process creates opportunities for continuous improvement and recognizes a job well done.