Partnership for After School Education

Issue 93
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January 30, 2015

Global Oneness Project: Multimedia Education Site

The Global Oneness Project, an award-winning online platform, offers free multimedia resources, including lesson plans and stories in the form of articles, films, and photo essays. Each month, the site releases a new story with an accompanying 60-minute lesson plan aligned to national and Common Core standards. Stories include global themes with a humanistic lens and lesson plans facilitate critical thinking, reflective writing, and in-class activities designed for use in the arts, environmental sciences, English, history, and more.

January 30, 2015

William T. Grant Foundation's Youth Service Improvement Grants

The William T. Grant Foundation's Youth Service Improvement Grants for community-based organizations (CBOs) support activities intended to improve the quality of services for young people ages 5 to 25 in the five boroughs of NYC. The goal is to help strengthen existing youth services by addressing issues or problems at the point of service, where staff and youth interact. In order to be eligible, CBOs must have an operating budget between $250,000 and $5 million, if the organization serves youth only. If the organization serves youth as well as other populations, its operating budget must be less than $20 million and its youth services budget must be between $250,000 and $5 million. Awards are $25,000 each. Download the application guideline, which includes selection and eligibility criteria, required documents, and application procedures, and read the FAQ. Applications are due on March 11, 2015.

January 30, 2015

Back to School: Exploring Promising Practices for Re-Engaging Young People in Secondary Education

America's Promise Alliance's Center for Promise has released Back to School: Exploring Promising Practices for Re-Engaging Young People in Secondary Education, a paper that follows the center's previous Don't Call Them Dropouts report. The paper is based on listening to young people who did not graduate from high school in four years, and explores ways to strengthen and expand re-engagement options for young people who need more time or different pathways to finish school. It is a resource for educators, practitioners, community stakeholders, communications professionals, and policymakers interested in supporting out-of-school youth who wish to obtain a high school credential.

January 30, 2015

Report on Increasing Access for Community College Students to Four-Year Colleges

Breaking Down Walls: Increasing Access to Four-Year Colleges for High-Achieving Community College Students, a new report by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, finds that many more community college students could succeed at four-year colleges and universities, if they were given the right tools and the opportunity. At present, while the majority of community college students aspire to complete a bachelor's degree, as few as 12% manage to do so. Students who transfer from community colleges to four-year schools face tremendous barriers, including a lack of adequate advising, limited financial aid, and confusing credit transfer policies. The report demonstrates, however, that when given proper support, community college students succeed academically even at the country's elite colleges.

January 30, 2015

Report on Building Skills through Summer Jobs

JPMorgan Chase recently released Building Skills Through Summer Jobs: Lessons from the Field, a report that details the company's analysis of the crises confronting summer jobs for American youth. The report finds a troubling overall shortage of available summer jobs, particularly in minority and low-income communities. Summer job opportunities available to young men and women have been steadily declining and in 2014, less than half of the young people seeking work in the 14 cities that JPMorgan Chase studied were able to find summer jobs or learning opportunities. That leaves tens of thousands of young people across the country unprepared for the increasing skill demands of employers. In addition to the findings, the report offers some potential solutions to these issues.

January 29, 2015

AMNH Museum Education and Employment Program

The Museum Education and Employment Program (MEEP) at the American Museum of Natural History is now accepting applications for summer 2015 from youth who will be between 18-21 years old by May 31, 2015. MEEP interns are responsible for developing and presenting themed tours to visiting camp groups and engaging visitors at educational touch carts in the Museum halls. The program provides on-the-job training and exposure to careers in science, museum education, and related fields. Participants work closely with Museum scientists and educators exploring scientific content and learning valuable skills for working with and teaching learners of all ages. The application deadline is March 16, 2015.

January 27, 2015

Girls Inc. of NYC Event: 2015

To kick off Women's History month, Girls Inc. of NYC hosts, a free fun-filled day with interactive activities, special guest performances, raffles, a pep rally, and workshops for girls ages 9-14, on February 28, 2015. The event is dedicated to inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold, and to bring girls from across NYC's boroughs together on a journey of self-discovery, empowerment and sisterhood. Workshops include Chic Tech Lounge, Media SavvyGirl, Power in the Spoken Word, She's on the Money, and more. Lunch is provided. Girls can register here or by emailing

January 22, 2015

Youth Bridge New York Grant Program

Youth Bridge New York, a youth-led grant program committed to youth diversity and leadership in NYC, has issued a Request for Proposals for nonprofit organizations that promote women's issues, sexual health, or afterschool programs. Grants will be made for up to $2,000. The application deadline is March 13, 2015.