Please share with girls ages 12-18, no charge!

Girls Inc. of Greater Houston is hosting our Inaugural 2020 Be Bold LeadHERS Summit!  We will be joined by Former Miss 2014 Houston, Isis Smalls as our lunch keynote speaker.  On March 14th at 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. we will be inspiring teens to own their beauty and BE Bold LeadHERS!
Registration is open.  

NGCP National Webinar: Connecting Out-of-School-Time (OST) Activities and Student Interest in STEM on February 26, 2020; 11:00 AM Pacific (2:00 PM Eastern)
Which specific types and characteristics of OST activities increase student interest in STEM? What are the barriers that prevent students from participating in these programs? The Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA) surveyed over 15,000 college students nationally to identify factors that strengthened their interest in STEM. Students were asked about their experiences in a variety of precollege STEM activities including afterschool clubs, summer camps, and competitions as well as interacting with mentors, participating in hands-on activities, and designing and carrying out their own STEM projects. Presenters, Susan Sunbury, Ed.D. and Jacqueline Doyle, Ph.D., will share those programs and attributes most successful in increasing STEM interest. Register here.
WHERE IS THE MONEY?
Before you hit “submit” on your next grant application, you may want to be sure that you have done everything possible to increase your chances of success.  Preparation is every bit as important as the written application.  Join your Out 2 Learn colleagues for this important three-part series that will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to persuade funders that you are a worthwhile investment.
 
SESSION 1:  WHAT’S YOUR PLAN?
Thursday, March 12, 2020
9:00 a.m. – noon
Grantwriting should be just one part of your fundraising strategy.  This session will help you create a basic fundraising plan that will prepare you to diversify your sources of funds and equip you with the tools you need to write successful grants, secure new donors, and identify the tactics that are best suited to you organization. 
 
SESSION II:  ARE YOU READY TO WRITE THAT GRANT?
Thursday, April 2, 2020
9:00 – noon
There are many important elements of grantwriting that should be in place before you take pen to paper or turn on your computer.  This session will help you set the stage for a successful grantwriting process.
 
SESSION III:  TOOLS, TIPS AND TRICKS FOR EXPERT GRANTWRITING
Thursday, April 23, 2020, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
In this session, we will provide some very practical resources that will broaden your grantwriting expertise significantly. Limited seating. Registration is required, register here.

A big thank you goes out to our youth and staffers who made this year an eventful Lights On Afterschool.

Celebrate the 20th annual Lights On Afterschool Oct. 24, 2019!

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.

The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things—such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do and poetry—and discover new skills. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs.

Houston’s celebration will be held at Hermann Park on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 4:30 pm.

Youth and families welcomed! Out 2 Learn will gather 300 youth and families to be “mindful about afterschool”. We will offer a 30 minute mindfulness and yoga presentation followed by a photo-opportunity. Afterwards participants will “make” a shape of a lightbulb by standing in key places. This day is to bring awareness and celebrate OST programs. Prominent Houston landmarks will be lit the “Afterschool Alliance” signature yellow and blue. (Confirmed locations: City Hall, Aquarium, & Montrose Bridge)

Celebrate with us! RSVP to join

We want families to find out about all the great programming you offer during the summer, so send us your program info to get listed on Out2LearnHOU.org!

If you are new to Out 2 Learn, fill out the submission form and email it to us! If you are already listed on Out 2 Learn, let us know if you have any updates! 

If you are a nonprofit organization, you can receive FREE access to Children’s Museum of Houston by becoming an Open Doors partner!

As a partner, you can:

  • Request family passes (admits 6 individuals) to distribute to clients
  • Schedule free & unlimited group visits to the Museum
  • Receive monthly newsletters showcasing special events & opportunities

Contact Mónica Santillán-Salinasto to join Open Doors or if you have questions!

Did you know that United Way’s Nonprofit Resource Library gives you access to reference books on a variety of topics that include: grantwriting, marketing, leadership & team building, and more? This includes the Grantspace Online Foundation Directory, a database of grant funding opportunities! 

Every 3rd Tuesday of the month, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, you can drop by to make use of the library’s resources at no cost! Interested? Contact Karen Beltran for more information.