Partnership for After School Education

Issue 114
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January 01, 2016

YWCA Spring STEAAM Programs

This spring, the YWCA of the City of New York is offering a number of exciting and fun 3 - 5 week long STEAAM intensives (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Activism, and Math). These programs are open to all high school girls and will cover game design, 3D printing, activist theatre, and more. View the sign-up form to learn more and to register. Questions can be directed to Darcy Morales at

January 01, 2016

Paying for College Information Session

On January 9, 2016 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, the American Museum of Natural History is offering a Paying for College Information Session. The session will provide a comprehensive overview of what students need to do to be considered for financial aid, the types of programs available, and how families can tackle paying for college, including: when and how to apply for loans, scholarships, and work study, how to determine which options best suit their needs, and how eligibility is determined. Students and families are welcome. Pre-registration is required.

January 01, 2016

Young Scholars Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Young Scholars Program application period begins January 2016. The Young Scholars Program is a selective pre-college scholarship for high-performing youth with financial need. The program provides supports from 8 - 12 grade. However, students must apply in 7th grade. The foundation is hosting an online webinar on January 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm EST that will provide an overview of the program eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and key dates. Educators and community leaders working with 7th graders are encouraged to participate to learn how to identify students and best support them through the application process. Register to access the webinar.

January 01, 2016

The Billion e-Book Gift

Reading is Fundamental has partnered with digital media company,ustyme, to launch the Billion e-Book Gift, a free library of 50 e-books available to everyone. Children can read e-books of their choosing independently, side-by-side with a caring adult or remotely in a live video call using the ustyme app. The app works for most devices, including Apple and Android devices, Chromebooks, and any computer with internet access. Books including classics such as Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and more are digitally mastered in HD and available in English and Spanish.

January 01, 2016

Preventing College Plans from Melting Away

In a research brief, Preventing College Plans from Melting Away, the National Summer Learning Association spoke with researchers Benjamin Castleman, University of Virginia, and Lindsay Page, University of Pittsburgh, to learn about the challenge of “summer melt,” and what can be done to prevent it. The researchers discuss challenges accepted students must navigate to transition to college, melt prevention activities that they tested, and provide information that policymakers and practitioners need to know about preventing summer melt and improving college-going rates among low-income students.