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.
Oregon was selected as one of fourteen states to receive a STEM focused AmeriCorps VISTA to serve in the national Afterschool Alliance effort to support statewide systems development in STEM. OregonASK will host this VISTA for one year in our Wilsonville office. We are excited to welcome Katie Lakey to the OregonASK team. Katie is serving as the community liaison for afterschool and summer programs that are providing STEM activities throughout the state of Oregon and work to further the goals of the Oregon Girls Collaborative Project.
Click here to register for the OGCP Kick-off event!
Click here to visit the Oregon Girls Collaborative Project page and find out more about mini-grants available, our leadership, and the Project.
Oregon Afterschool for Kids and the Afterschool Alliance are teaming up to gather data on out-of-school programs in Oregon that offer science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) opportunities to school-aged children (K-12). The goal of this survey is to capture, for the first time ever, a comprehensive picture of the informal STEM learning opportunities in Oregon. General areas of data collection include: General Program Information, Youth Participation, Program Design and Delivery, Funding and Costs, Staff and Professional Developments, Partnerships, and Evaluation.
This survey is important. It will identify where out-of-school STEM opportunities exist in Oregon and where there are gaps to be filled, as well as document the needs of existing programs. The data from the survey will be compiled into a report and used to communicate with elected officials to promote the need for legislative support and increased funding for out-of-school STEM programs.
But to do this, we need your help!
Please participate in the survey, or pass it along. We want to collect comprehensive data we can use with lawmakers, and to do that we need responses from as many programs as possible.
Timeline: Data will be collected June through November of 2014, and evaluated in December. The report will be created in January of 2015, and presented to legislators in February.