April 2017
Helping you make afterschool better!

Upcoming Training Opportunity
Working with Teens: The Basics
April 28th
If you work with teens or plan to this summer, join David Colunga and Courtney Hawkins for this training all about working with this unique age group!  They will explore relationships, communication, engagement, and programming all through a teen-focused lens.
This training will touch on AQuA indicators in Element 1, Element 2, Element 3, and Element 7.  It is intended for any staff that works with or plans programming for teens.

The $25 fee will be discounted to $0 on the second page of the process so please ignore the price. 
Please sign up any of your staff that would attend here
Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
Please join Ntarupt at our next General Alliance meeting Tuesday, April 25, 10:00 am to 11:30 am at 2801 Swiss Ave.
This meeting will feature guest speaker Education Specialist Luís Acuña-Pilgrim from the DCAC
on Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse. This workshop educates child-serving professionals on the basic issues of
child abuse, how to recognize physical and behavioral signs of the varying forms of child abuse, and how to make a report.
The presenter will discuss the realities of child abuse detailing the prevalence of abuse in all communities, who perpetrators are,
and how they gain access to children through a process called grooming.
The presentation will cover best practices for responding to a disclosure of abuse, what conversations should
– and shouldn’t –  take place, the role of children’s advocacy centers, and more. RSVP here
 Future Focus Summer Camp 

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Understanding options after high school graduation can be overwhelming, that’s why United Way partnered with the
Dallas Regional Chamber for the Future Focus Summer Camp. The camp seeks to serve 75 Dallas ISD students for two weeks each June.
During this two week, all – day camp experience, rising juniors and seniors in Dallas have the opportunity to create resumes,
practice mock interviews and explore careers via corporate site visits enabling adolescents to see how skills they are developing
translate into the real world. The camp is completely free to students. 

Virtual College Prep
Seniors in seven area school districts can send and receive text messages about the college application process thanks to the dedication of area college advisors, counselors, and college admissions staff at 15 participating colleges and universities.
Parents can also sign up to receive text reminders in English or Spanish at participating districts.  
OST Update. 

The State of Texas

(Texas Partnership for Out of School Time) is leading advocacy work on behalf of Out of School Time providers across Texas. As a result of our collective effort, Rep Ashby and Sen Hughes have sponsored a new OST bill, HB 2408/SB 1404. If passed, this bill would require all school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to report certain information regarding voluntary after-school programs and voluntary summer programs. This reporting would be done through the PEIMS system, which is managed by TEA.  Once passed, TEA would determine which specific types of programs would be included.
This is an exciting prospect for the OST community because we would have better knowledge about which children are accessing OST programming and which schools are better utilizing these opportunities. Until now, we have had to collect this information independently.

Protect afterschool choices

 The Afterschool Alliance will draft a letter to send to your local representatives on your behalf. Two minute ask. Participate here

 Have You Met Heart House? 

Heart House Group

Heart House has been in the PQI process for several years. Under new leadership, Heart House has shown continual improvement this year. We are happy to see how Heart House has continued to positively transform their apartment based after school programs. Additionally, they are doing a great job of incorporating SEL into their programs.
Click here to learn more about Heart House! 
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