The resources and opportunities below are meant to inform our partner programs of relevant information for fall programming. Check our School Year page regularly for the most recent updates about where programs are running this fall, COVID-19 regulations, and news coverage about our efforts!

Boston Debate League (BDL) is hosting a Race, Equity, and Policy Conference on January 23rd from 9am – 12:30pm. The conference builds on the community forums of the Race, Equity, and Policy Series as BDL explores the multiple facets of criminal justice reform. The first session will examine The Justice System As It Is, and the second session will explore The Justice System As It Might Be. For more information, a full schedule, and to register, visit their event page here.

Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) is looking to expand their partnerships! They are using technology that allows them to teach music virtually and would love to partner with programs to offer their students choral instruction. To learn more, read their organizational overview, and contact Andrés Holder at aholder@bostonchildrenschorus.org if you are interested in getting involved.

BOKS, Build Our Kids’ Success, is a physical activity program that encourages kids to get active and establish a lifelong commitment to health and fitness. Built on the science documented in the book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, BOKS provides FREE physical activity curriculum, training, and support to communities looking to establish and maintain impactful fitness and nutrition programs serving the whole child. At the start of COVID-19, the BOKS team quickly pivoted and created additional BOKS Resources that fit any scenario – at home, virtual, or a combination of the two – to ensure communities stay healthy and active. Whether you are looking for our BOKS Bursts (1-10 minute movement breaks), fun video content, physical activity calendars, or fully written out programming we have it ALL for kids from early childhood to high school. Scalable, sustainable and supported by scientific research, BOKS envisions a world in which movement is a foundational part of every child’s day. Enroll Today at https://www.bokskids.org/enrolling-in-boks/

Teens in Print launched Writing through the Distance, a new website designed to highlight the voices of Greater Boston youth during COVID-19, and connect community leaders with authentic student perspectives. TiP has always existed to amplify youth voices, and they believe that is more important than ever during a time when we’re all seeking to connect in new ways, and when writing is a powerful tool for processing experiences.  TiP would love for youth to submit writing of their own. They are accepting submissions of any kind of writing — journalism, academic, personal, or creative — as well as multimedia content including photo essays and TikToks. Students can submit on a rolling basis using this online form: bit.ly/hubsubmissions. Writing will be published on the website and promoted via social media.

BPSTechnology has a Virtual Learning Webpage to help partners, parents, and the rest of the BPS community navigate various online learning platforms. They have a series of recorded webinars on their virtual learning playlist, as well as a page comparing popular virtual learning tools.

Playworks has a virtual learning tool available to help programs tap into the joy of play for kids and get them reengaged during the day! Programs that gain access to the tool will receive a weekly email with a game of the week for students. Check out their Keep Playing web page for more information. Please direct any further questions to Dawn at dawn.lavallee@playworks.org

Neighborhood Villages has partnered with Notre Dame Americorps to bring Americorps volunteers to East Boston and Chelsea starting October 15th. These volunteers are available to help with staffing for virtual learning pods and child care settings. Their efforts in out of school time programming will be funded by the Boston Child Learning Fund. If your program is interested in hosting Americorps volunteers this year, please contact dcole@neighborhoodvillages.org. Neighborhood Villages may also be working on bringing mobile resources to programs such as food and screenings. Please let dcole@neighborhoodvillages.org know if your program has interest in this endeavor.

Citizen Schools has converted projects into virtual apprenticeship curriculum, and it is now available for out of school time partners to include in their programming. They are able to partner with out of school time programs by providing sets of virtual curriculum, which include 10 separate lessons. If you are interested in partnering, please contact Anna Yu at annayu@citizenschools.org.