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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. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with youth, working on topics that inspire her including civic education, social justice, and user-centered design.

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

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!

Innovation Summit 2015

Over 100 industry professionals, district administartors and community representatives gathered at Stoller Vineyards in August to partner with Innovate Oregon as we work to build more transformative experiences for youth. Participants heard from keynote speaker, Michael Funk, Director of the After School Division of the California Deparment of Education, inspiring panelists Adrienne Roark, Mohan Nair, D'Wayne Edwards, Rachel Brunette and Jeff Harvey. But the highlight was certainly the 12 middle school students who presented their business model solutions to rural curbside recycling. Students spent just 4 hours working to find a solution, building a business and preparing their presentation for the tent full of professionals - captivating the audience with creative ideas and confident solutions.

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.

Summer Learning Wrapping Up

With summer winding down, we are excited to see what summer learning looked like around Oregon.

The Summer Learning, Summer Library, Summer Lunch (SL3) program is operating at 30 sites around Oregon, including in the Eugene area, the Salem-Keizer school district, and in the Portland metro area. The Summer Learning Partnership is excited to continue growing the number of sites and partners as we engage OMSI to offer GSK Science in the Summer classes, made possible with support from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Classes are being offered four days a week for one week at five different sites. 

We are also excited to help facilitate MIT's Zero Robotics Summer Spheres Program at six sites throughout Oregon. Using the 5-week curriculum, teams of middle schoolers are learning to program SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites), robots inside the International Space Station. Teams ended with a live-feed demonstration from the International Space Station, held at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum August 14th.




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