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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.

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This year we are thrilled to have Leslie Beller, founder of MHA Labs in Chicago, as the conference's keynote presenter.  MHA Labs singular focus is to build and translate the 21st century skills of young people towards personal, community and economic success. Leslie Beller is a long-time advocate for youth and collective impact operating both as entrepreneur and a public sector administrator to create sustainable college, career and life pathways. We will also be offering over 35 breakout sessions to choose from, check out the 2015 Conference Brochure to start planning now!

Register Now to join us on November 7th for our 2015 Oregon Afterschool Conference!

Keep Your Lights On this October!

Afterschool is a critical resource to help kids develop the reading and writing skills that are crucial for their success in school and in life, and Lights On Afterschool offers a perfect opportunity to highlight your program's role in supporting literacy! Keep your Lights On this October 22nd and continue inspiring students to build their literacy skills, express their creativity and dream big! Register Your Event Now!

Did you get a Badge for that?

With so many exciting things happening in afterschool, we are thrilled to share this recently released report on Digital Badges in Afterschool: Connecting Learning in a Connected World. Included in the report is an Oregon case study highlighting the digital badge pilots we facilitated in partnership with Concentric Sky and Oregon Center for Digital Learning. Take a look at this resource and let us know how you might use digital badges in your program!

Oregon Game Project Challenge

Oregon Game Project Challenge (OGPC) is excited to get ready for their ninth annual competition in which middle and high school students from across Oregon form teams in a theme-based challenge to come up with a computer game that follows that theme in creative ways.  There will be kickoff event held on November 14th to announce the theme and to get ideas flowing as students start planning and designing. The season culminates in a judging event on April 23rd at Chemeketa Community College where industry professionals come to engage with the students. Find more information HERE and stayed tuned for more details to come!

Innovation Summit 2015

During our Innovation Summit at Stoller Vineyards in August, Micheal Funk, Director of Afterschool Programs from the California Department of Education, shared inspiring words with over 100 industry, administrator and community partners interested in creating meaningful experiences for youth. 

Micheal oversees over 4,500 programs and the distribution of over $550 million in public funds that goes directly to expanded learning opportunities in the state of California (more than the rest of the country put together). Micheal gave a poignant keynote addressing the immense need that exists for youth to have transformative experiences that inspire innovation, collaboration and the mastery of skills. 

We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting work, partnering Oregon industy and educators, equipping our youth to become brave new innovators. Contact Rachael Mortensen if you are interested in connecting to your local Innovation network. A few more Pictures from the day.

Bon Voyage to an Amazing Summer

With summer all but gone, we are excited to look back at the busy summer days and see all the hard work, learning, and fun experiences that came out of Zero Robotics and our Summer Learning, Summer Library, Summer Lunch sites. Click Here to read more about the programs the OregonASK was part of this summer and check out this Summer Learning Map to see all the amazing things happening around the country.




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