It was great to see everyone during our May network meeting last week. During this month’s meeting we talked about the middle school experience in anticipation of the upcoming transition to middle school event. In breakout groups, we explored a few topics:
On May 13th, parents, caregivers, and their middle schoolers can join us for the first-ever Bridge to CSUS workshop event where we will be exploring these topics and sharing knowledge and resources to prepare families for the transition to middle school. Check out the flyer for more details!
If you weren’t able to make it to the May network meeting, be sure to check out the slideshow and join us next month on June 14th for our AFCOST end-of-the-year event (more details to come!).
Opportunities for You
Rindge Avenue Upper Campus (RAUC) would like to invite you to be a panelist at their upcoming 8th grade passage portfolio event! During this event, 8th grade students will present their portfolio of student work. As a panelist, you would provide a valuable outside perspective as you review portfolios, listen to presentations, ask questions, and offer feedback.
Panels will take place on the following dates and times:
June 5th-9th, & June 12th from 8:00AM-3:00PM;, June 6th & Wednesday, June 7th from 6:00-8:00PM
To sign up to be a portfolio panelist click here! Please sign up by May 19th.
Questions? Learn more here or reach out to RAUC Family Liaison Julia Ho at 617-352-5781 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Events for Families
CPS Science Pop Up
Tuesday, May 23, 3-6pm
at Tobin School - 359 Broadway
Open to OST Programs and CPS Families
Friday Night Hype
Friday, May 19th, 6pm-9pm
Frisoli Youth Center
Cambridge-Somerville Asian Festival
Friday, May 19th, 5pm-7pm
14 Tyler St, Somerville
Center Stage Festival
Saturday, May 20th, 11am-3pm
101 Rogers St, Cambridge
DHSP Afterschool Programs
Lottery May 1st-26th
Raising Children With Black Joy
5 session parent series
Tuesday evenings, May 2nd-30th, 6pm-8pm
Fletcher Maynard Academy
Spots are limited
Sarah Figge Hussain - Community Learning Center
Bridge to College Program - starts in September
Click here to learn more!
CNA Training for English Language Learners - starts in September
Click here to learn more!
Early Childhood Education Career Training Program - starts in October
Click here to learn more!
Xiomara Nunez - Title 1 May Newsletter
Contact Xiomara if you would like to share information on K-5th grade events for the Title I Newsletter: Xnunez@cpsd.us
Ben Godfrey - CYP Moore Youth Center
Moore Sports Leadership Academy is filling up fast! There are a few spots still available.
Sean Effel - Cambridge Camping
There is still space available in the Adventure Day Camp (5 years old can attend at no cost!) and Daybreak Day Camp. Daybreak Day Camp is still looking for Jr. CITs.
Rachel - Cambridge Community Center
CCC still has a few spots left for summer programming.
At our April network meeting, we discussed the upcoming 5th grade and upper school summer workshops. These workshops give kids a chance to learn more about available summer opportunities, meet staff from those programs, and have fun with their peers.
We reviewed attendance data from last month's Rollin' n Summer Resource event, which informed us that 78 of the families who attended have never sent their children to summer programs in Cambridge, while 67 said no when asked if their child attends afterschool programs.
Andrew Liedtka from Find It Cambridge shared his organization's Cradle to Career Ecosystem Map and how it can help us better understand the local resources available for families in our community.
Finally, we spoke about data in Community Partner Portal and its many uses for afterschool programs in Cambridge.
If you missed our April meeting, you can check out the presentation slides here! Join us for our next meeting on May 3rd (on Zoom!). Stay tuned for more information!
The 6th-8th grader slideshows are being shown in schools as part of our classroom visits to CPS Upper Schools, to give young people an exciting peek into their options for summer. They also fill out a form at the end about what they are interested in - which kicks off our individual follow-up effort, where we help young people and families connect to programs and make summer dreams a reality.
Do you know a family who is looking for summer programs and needs assistance? Have them fill out the form (on the last slide of each slideshow) and we can follow up with them!
Click here for the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade slideshow.
The Elementary School slideshow features summer programs and activities for JK-5th graders.
Jordan Harvey - Tutoring Plus
Tutoring Plus is piloting a program where they come to your summer programs and facilitate a Math and/or ELA curriculum for your youth. The content can be geared toward rising 4th-9th graders. Reach out to Jordan at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Claudia Ferrara - Math Talk
MathTalk is hosting a Family Math Day at MIT Open Space on May 13th from 10:00am-3:00pm, if this sounds like something you want to learn more about and collaborate on, you can email Claudia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bernette - Cambridge Families of Color Coalition
CFCC is looking for partners to attend the Juneteenth parade event. For more information contact Bernette.
Emily Meyer - Cambridge Public Library
The Cambridge Public Library has a few upcoming events. Check out the flyers below for more information:
Tarot Readings (ages 12-18), April 13th from 3pm-5pm, in the Teen Room. Click here to learn more.
How to Create a Graphic Novel Page, (ages 9-14) April 21st, 2pm-3:30pm, registration required. Click here to learn more.
Hive (Makerspace Programs): Teen Room drop-in activities are happening on April 14th and April 28th from 3:30-5pm and teen-only hangout every Wednesday in the Hive on the lower level from 3:30-5:30pm.
It was great to catch up with all of you who made it to our March joint OST Network Convening. During our time together, we discussed summer programming. In breakout groups, we started to think about how we could support students and families during their transition into summer programs. Providers had a chance to share their summer program pitches and talk about staff recruitment and available job opportunities. We also shared information about the upcoming workshops for 5th graders and upper school students, where summer program providers and school staff will be on hand to answer questions about available opportunities and help students sign up for summer programming.
Check out our meeting slides if you weren’t able to join us and see below for our Community Announcements.
Sean Effel - Cambridge Camping:
Cambridge Camping is offering two April School vacation week programs for 6-8th graders. Both programs will run from April 17th-21st, 9am-2:30pm, and cost $50 for the full week:
The Nature program provides an in-person nature program with field trips to many different natural areas around us. Daily field trips and program partners include Northeastern University's Marine Center, the Blue Hills Reservation, and a visit with Navigation Games. The program will run from April 17th-21st, 9am-2:30pm, and costs $50 for the full week. Learn more here!
Get to the Chopper! is Cambridge Camping's STEAM-centered drone flight program to take place over the April Massachusetts school vacation week. This program introduces children to the science and engineering of drone flight, develops their interests in science and technology, builds friendships with fellow participants, and have a lot of fun along the way. Learn more here!
Emily Meyer - Cambridge Public Library
March Teen Poetry Contest
Teen Poetry Contest running from 3/1-3/26 with $100 visa gift card for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place. Must be one page, in English, and dropped off at the Teen Room or emailed to email@example.com
CSV CPL Free Drop-in Tutoring
Need help with a class? Have a question before an exam? Tutors are available to help you! Cambridge School Volunteers and the Cambridge Public Library are pleased to offer tutoring services in the Teen Room of the Main Library from 5-6pm on Wednesdays.
Sarah Winter - Community Art Center
Kickflipped: Teen Art Auction
To benefit local teens and raise money for The Lynch Family Skatepark Public Art Project
The Community Art Center (CAC) and The Charles River Conservancy (CRC) have teamed up to present Kickflipped: An Exhibition and Auction of Skateboard Art by Local Teens, on view at The Foundry (101 Rogers St. Cambridge, MA) from Feb. 16 - Mar. 21. Over the course of 5 weeks, teens in CAC's Teen Public Art Program have been working hard to create one-of-kind works of art on upcycled skateboards. Through the program, they have learned various art techniques, how to develop a concept to express their unique voice, and how to properly install an art exhibition. There will be a closing reception on Mar. 21, 5-7pm, which will coincide with the auction's closing.
A portion of each item's proceeds will go directly to the teen artist, while another portion will help support The Lynch Family Skatepark Public Art Project. Visit here to learn more!
Hello OST Community!
Below we’ve added a brief recap of the February Network meeting, resources, and community announcements, along with upcoming Network dates to remember. Here is a copy of our February 1st meeting slideshow and Newsletter.
During our last meeting we spoke about stereotypes, biases, and how they impact students in school, out of school, and on social media. We watched 2 videos related to the topic. 1 video, was of a young African American man who was dealing with stereotypes in the classical music world, and the the other was of a video that has recently gone viral.
i-Ready Personalized Instruction: An Introduction for OST Programs and Providers
ESON & MSN February Break Slideshow
Be sure to check out our recently created ESON and MSN February Break Fun OST slideshow. Make sure your program is included and accurate. This slideshow will be shared with families, CPS Family Liaisons, and shown in schools.
2023 Rollin’ & Summer Resources Event: Provider Table Sign-up
Have you signed up for your Programs Table for the event? If not, you can do so below.
Hello Summer Program Providers!
The Village, CPS, Agenda for Children OST, CFCC, & DHSP are hosting the 2023 Rollin’ N Summer Resources. This resource fair is being set up to help Cambridge families get ready for summer and will take place on Saturday, March 4th, from 1-4:30pm, at the CSUS/King Open Building, located at 850 Cambridge Street. We invite you to come and set up a table to have families hear about and/or complete applications for your summer programs.
This fun event for K-8 families will also include roller skating run by Party Vision. We’ll provide snacks and some entertainment for younger children (provided by community partners) so that caregivers can get applications and check out the summer program options for their children.
Click 2023 Rollin' N Summer Resources: Provider Sign-up to reserve a table for this event.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or if you're interested in learning more about this work.
Allyson Allen: Are you a young Cambridge artist with a masterpiece to share? Enter the Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest for a chance to win $1,000 and see your artwork featured in Cambridge.
The City of Cambridge invites artists of all ages to submit their illustrations, prints, photographs, or other 2D media to the 2023 Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest. Six winners will receive a $1,000 prize and their artwork will be displayed in the windows of empty storefronts in Cambridge. Applications can be submitted now and the deadline is March 1, 2023.
Submit your art and apply here: 2023 Vacant Storefront Design Contest Application
Find more information here including the art from previous winners: cambridgema.gov/storefront-contest
Claudia Ferrara: Join us for a Math Talk Play Session!
MathTalk is currently inviting families to play sessions! The goal of the play sessions is for kids to have fun and for us to collect feedback about how to make our math products better for families. See flyer for details!
Cambridge Camping: February School Vacation Camp-Cooking with STEAM! Kitchen science and cooking program for grades 6-8, Feb 20-24, 9-2:30PM, $50/child, hosted at The Foundry. Visit website for more information: cambridgecamping.org/cooking
Hello OST Community!
Below we’ve added a brief recap of the November Network meeting, resources, and community announcements, along with upcoming Network dates to remember. Here is a copy of our November 2nd meeting slideshow and Newsletter.
Click here to learn more about the OST Learning Institute Training Workshops and Series.
ESON & MSN Slideshows
Be sure to check out our recently updated ESON and MSN OST Opportunities slideshows. Make sure your program is included and accurate. These slideshows are shared with families, Family Liaisons, and shown in schools.
Opportunities and Announcements for You:
Network Coworking Session
Please join us for our Joint Network Coworking session this Wednesday, November 16th, from 10:30am-12:00pm at the Hive, in the Cambridge Public Library, (main library) on Broadway. These sessions are laid back, informal, productive, & fun! Bring what you are working on, and do that with others in the network. We will have a very lightly facilitated space for folks to share what they're working on and anything they'd want to talk about with other folks. We will start off by taking a tour of the Hive and learn more about how our programs can take advantage of this state-of-the-art space that is the home to a fabrication lab, a multimedia recording studio, a podcasting studio, and an extended reality lab (XR lab). Click here to learn more about the equipment and studio.
Opportunities for Young People and Families:
Thanks to all of you who came out for our October MSN meeting - while it was a little bittersweet to be back on Zoom, we got back into the groove of Connection Groups and using the chat quickly, and got to hear some great examples from folks across our network.
Check out the October Meeting slides here and see below for Community Announcements and some of the great practices shared by your colleagues. Also in the slides: see the meeting topics and themes proposed by network members at our Sept kickoff, and check out the resources we gathered from the Office of Workforce Development (how to get your postings spread wider, etc) for those of you hiring OST staff.
Making connections: who are the young people standing in front of me?
The majority of our meeting we spent talking about the ways that we try to get to know young people at the start of the year in our programs. In doing this, we navigate multiple tensions that can’t be totally avoided (see slide below). For example, young people need to feel psychological safety and know that you won’t put them on the spot to answer deep and meaningful questions before they are comfortable; however, you also want to communicate that you care about more than just surface level information on the way to building a deeper relationship.
We got to hear from a few MSN members talking about how they navigate these tensions - and sharing super helpful examples of what they actually do in their programming:
Ben Godfrey, Program Director of the Pre-Teen/Middle School Program at the Moore Youth Center (moved from the Moses Youth Center!) shared two tools and his thinking behind them:
Bo Lembo and Melinda Rosado also shared some brilliant examples from Gately’s Middle School Program:
Lastly, I shared two resources (see slides).
So long for now...
As most of you know (especially if you’ve seen me in person!), I’ll be on maternity leave soon, welcoming my second baby to the family. I love this group and hearing from you all and what you can learn from each other. There will be more joint meetings with ESON while I’m gone, but still many opportunities to share examples, ask questions and move as a group towards giving young people what they need and making sure they are engaged in great programming across the city. I’ll be back in late February - just in time to pester you all about going into Upper Schools to advertise summer programs!
iReady to Try Something New?
This year, Cambridge Public Schools is rolling out the use of iReady Personalized Instruction, an online learning platform and tool that can be used by families (and OST programs) to provide additional learning time in math and literacy beyond the school day. The district is excited by the prospect of collaborating with OST programs and partners to support students this way!
How is this different from other online-based tools that CPS students use for learning?
When/How is this happening?
What does this mean for me as an Out-of-School-Time (OST) Program?
More info is coming soon - for now check out this 2 page infographic about the timeline and how it will be used!
On a recent, sunny late August afternoon, more than one hundred nervous 9th graders (all working their hardest not to show it) found their way down to the Lecture Hall at the Cambridge Public LIbrary, and checked in for the first day of Bridge to CRLS. This new 9th grade orientation, hosted Aug 23-25th, came together through a collaboration between Cambridge Public Schools and Cambridge community partners, spearheaded by the Agenda for Children OST’s Middle School Network. Over the next three days, 260 incoming 9th graders traveled between the Library and CRLS for student-led tours, scavenger hunts, and workshops led by community partners and CPS staff, culminating in a Community BBQ on Thursday, August 25th, with a celebratory meal and send off for the 9th graders to their freshman year.
This year ESON and MSN will meet on the same day for all Network convenings. There will be opportunities for folks to break out into respective groups (ESON & MSN) during our time together.
We are planning to do our first and last meetings of the year as in-person meetings at community locations - and then use Zoom for the bulk of the meetings in between, as we have heard from folks that the convenience and ability to sign in from anywhere allows more folks to attend and contribute.
Please join us for as much or little time as you can for our upcoming IN-PERSON Kick-Off event on Wednesday, September 14th, from 10:00 am- 12:00 p.m at Starlight in Central Sq, 84 Bishop Allen Dr.
See all calendar dates on our Events Calendar page 0r All Joint Network meetings on Sched (where you can RSVP!)
Meeting dates for each month:
Hello folks! If you missed our Feb 2nd meeting, read below to check out the community announcements, get the slides and see what you missed. Here is the link to the slide deck, where you can see visuals and get a sense of the conversations that aren't covered in the recap. Thanks for checking in!
This meeting was focused on two things: appreciating the contributions of our long time MSN staff member, Medjine Lucien, and on starting the summer planning process. Medjine, who has just moved on to work for Waltham Partnerships for Youth, worked in multiple capacities on our MSN team over the past 4 years, so we did a little retrospective of all her contributions and heard appreciations from Nicole Rodriguez, her past supervisor at Moses Youth Center, in addition to multiple others in the community who have worked with and appreciated Medjine's quiet but steady leadership over those years. Good luck Medjine - we have a feeling Cambridge will call you back at some point soon, but we are glad Waltham young people have you in their corner now as well!
Community Announcements at the Feb Meeting:
Next we talked about summer - where folks were in summer planning and how it felt to them. There were some great themes across the board, particularly wanting young people to make friends, feel belonging and have fun (and the adults to have fun alongside them). We also took some time to learn and test out the "annotate" version in Zoom, so folks could put a stamp on whichever thought bubble they felt represented their feelings on each question. Check it out:
We had short breakout groups on a few of the topics mentioned here, particularly the social emotional skills and experiences we want young people to have, and cross-city partnerships and field trips. We asked folks before closing what was helpful to them, and what they want to have more time in MSN meetings to talk about before the summer: check out some great ideas and responses that we plan to build into meeting going forward!
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