Welcome to the First BoSTEM Update!
BoSTEM is a movement to inspire and prepare Boston youth to pursue 21st century careers. Partners in this collective impact effort provide middle school students with opportunities to practice science, technology, engineering, and math in real world settings while learning the perseverance, relationship, and critical thinking skills that they need to navigate STEM courses and careers.
In this biweekly newsletter you will find profiles of BoSTEM partners that exemplify the diversity of these learning opportunities, notices of upcoming professional development events and webinars, pro-tips for collecting and using program quality data, and other announcements.
Please email any feedback, including announcements and suggestions for content, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
America SCORES Blends Science, Soccer and Poetry to Cultivate Whole Student Athletes
Integrating athletics, creative writing, arts, community service and STEM experiences, America SCORES provides students with opportunities to express themselves, collaborate with others, and engage in a healthy active lifestyle.
“Our overall goal is to create a student athlete, student being first. We want students to be active throughout their lives, to be creative, and to be able to live healthy and make healthy choices,” says Ive Mendoza, Program Director at America SCORES.
DotHouse Generation Next Academy Teen Center Promotes Holistic Health through Supportive Relationships and Hands on Learning
Offering a variety of enriching experiences in a safe and supportive environment, the DotHouse Generation Next Academy Teen Center addresses a broad vision of youth health through its summer and school year programs for young adults.
“To be healthy, there are a lot of components,” says Michelle Rue, Director of Health Education and Community Programs at the Teen Center. “It’s not just medical health. You have to be financially healthy, physically healthy, mentally healthy, socially healthy. We work with the social determinants of health. What things can help a community as a whole be more healthy, and how can we facilitate that?”
Register for YouthServices Webinar Series: Tracking Enrollment and Attendance
On September 23, please join Boston After School & Beyond’s Kelsey Cowen to explore these important YouthServices features and learn how they can be used as a tool to benefit your program.
This webinar is highly recommended for any program staff who are new to using the YouthServices database.
September 23 is also the deadline for enrolling students in YouthServices.
Reminder: Consent forms are due September 23
To get higher consent form return rates from your students, use these best practices recommended by our partners:
- Include consent forms with program registration forms. Staple or paper clip physical copies together so students keep them together.
- Provide both paper and electronic consent forms when possible. Make paper consent forms available at school year kickoff or orientation events or during dismissal so parents can sign them on the spot.
- Stress the importance of consent forms. Consent forms allow programs to collect important data that drives program improvement.
- Follow up with parents. Keep track of students that have not returned consent forms and reach out to their families before the program start date.
- If possible, offer an incentive to site coordinators. This is especially useful for programs that manage a lot of sites or use teachers as site coordinators.
Please contact Kelsey Cowen at email@example.com with any issues related to consent forms.
BoSTEM Partner Events and Announcements:
Thompson Island Outward Bound 4K Trail Run to be held September 21
The run will be held on Thompson Island in support of their educational programming for BPS students. Purchase Tickets Here
Celebrate Latino Heritage Month with Sociedad Latina
Join Sociedad Latina at One Brigham Circle on September 15 to kick off Latino Heritage Month with live music and presentations of youth projects. Other events to be held throughout the month. Click Here for More Info
America SCORES Unites with One Hen Academy to Promote Social Entrepreneurship
“One Hen Academy will become SCORES’ flagship service-learning program…. supplying curricula and teaching tools to help youth build micro-businesses and invest the proceeds in global and local causes that students choose.” Read the Entire Press Release Here
Visit the Geek Street Fair during HUBweek
On October 1, check out the Geek Street Fair hosted by Google and the Boston Children’s Museum. The event will feature interactive STEM activities and learning opportunities. Click Here for More Info
Two Job Openings at the Lena Park Community Development Corporation
Lena Park CDC is seeking a full time After School Program Director and a part time (20 hours/week) Youth Development Leader.
Email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Please submit events or announcements to be featured in the next BoSTEM Update to mdelligatti@bostonbeyond.