Educational Resources 

The Center of the Healing of Racism is celebrating the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr with two extraordinary women discussing how we can internalize Dr. King’s message of hope and healing.  A facilitated dialogue will follow.

This is a free event but donations are welcome.

  • When is the event: Monday January 18th
  • Time of event: 6pm – 8pm
  • Register by Sunday January 17th.
  • Speakers: Dee Gardner, founder of Gardner Counseling Services, is a licensed psychotherapist, a professional speaker, educator, workshop facilitator, trauma treatment consultant and author. And Sally Bartolameolli, M.Ed., M.F.A., is a certified Shadow Work facilitator, transformational coach, author, speaker, teacher, and founder of LORA Bridges – Building Bridges for Transformation

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RISE! program will have an 8-week long program this spring for high school junior girls to prepare for college with a financial literacy lens.

Click the link in the document to get more information and sign up!

Click here to register.

Having financial aid can make all the difference in whether you are able to pay for college tuition, buying books and other expenses.

Learn everything about the financial aid application process and the types of programs offered to help you with paying for your college education leading to a certificate, associates or 4-year degree.

This workshop is also offered in Spanish.

  • When: Tuesday Januray 12th
  • Time: 5:30 pm

Link to register here.

Adolescence is a time for young people to have a healthy start in life. The number of adolescents reporting poor mental health is increasing. Building strong bonds and connecting to youth can protect their mental health. Schools and parents can create these protective relationships with students and help them grow into healthy adulthood.

What Schools Can Do to Protect Adolescent Mental Health

Schools play an important role in good adolescent mental health. Establishing safe and supportive school environments is an effective way to help youth by connecting adolescents to networks of caring peers and adults. Research shows that students with someone at school who cares about them have better academic performance, health, and behavioral outcomes.

A safe and supportive school environment should:

  • Provide ongoing development and training to teachers on how to manage classroom by reinforcing positive behaviors and establishing rules, routines and expectations.
  • Support student led-clubs, like gay-straight alliances, so students have a safe space to socialize and connect with supportive school staff.
  • Facilitate positive youth development activities, like mentoring programs, volunteer opportunities, and programs that connect them to a network of supportive adults.
  • Provide parents and families with resources that support positive parenting practices such as open, honest communication and parental supervision.

What Families and Parents Can Do to Protect Adolescent Mental Health

  • Communicate openly and honestly, including about their values.
  • Supervise their adolescent to facilitate healthy decision-making.
  • Spend time with their adolescent enjoying shared activities.
  • Become engaged in school activities and help with homework.
  • Volunteer at their adolescent’s school.
  • Communicate regularly with teachers and administrators.

For more information on adolescent and school health by the CDC, follow this link.

Have you ever wanted to ask an astronaut a question. Well, there is an AMAZING OPPOTUNITY for afterschool youth to speak with astronauts on the International Space Station. On Jan. 7, 2021 youth will have a chance to have their questions answered by astronauts Kate Rubins and Shannon Walker

The Challenge – NASA students asking the astronauts questions about their experiences. The videos will be played during the Q&A session and answered live, from space! The video questions are due to NASA by December 28.

If you are interested, NASA has provided guidelines and a release form from each student (both are below). The question may be recorded on a phone, but must be done in landscape format or won’t be included in the Q+A. 

We hope that you can record a question and send it to Chris Neitzey from the Afterschool Alliance,

For more information and to apply, click here.

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Due to the impact that the pandemic has had on income and savings among small businesses and their employees, the campaign is focusing on that audience, however anyone who is interested in participating is invited to sign up.

The Center for Safe and Secure Schools is offering free, responsive, and timely professional development on Implicit Bias Awareness. After hearing concerns and data trends from several area school districts regarding disproportionate student discipline infractions, this implicit bias awareness training will be a critical component in establishing and maintaining restorative practices within school discipline approaches to build and enhance school climate and culture. This 8-hour Implicit Bias Awareness Series is a 4-Session Series and will convene on the following dates from 4:00-6:00 p.m.:

Mondays: November 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th (each participant must be present for each session).

Registration is required.

The Center for Safe and Secure Schools is offering this opportunity to participate in this series on a first come, first serve basis.