Aug/13/2011 Health Fair & Backpack Giveaway

Posted by Richard • August 13th, 2011

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Ella Hill Hutch Community Center
1050 McAllister Street (at Webster Street)

Backpack stuffing will occur on 8/12. Volunteers will be needed.

Jul/6/2011 TARC presents Summer Girl’s Group 2011 | July 6 to August 10

Posted by Richard • July 6th, 2011

 

Truancy Assessment & Resource Center presents our

1st Summer Girl’s Group 2011

Middle & High School Ages Welcome
44 Gough Street, Ste. # 106
San Francisco, CA 94103

Workshops will be held on Wednesdays’ beginning

July 6-August 10, 2011
3:15 pm-4:30 pm
* Doors open @ 2:45 pm*
FREE FOOD * SAFE SPACE
LOTS of REAL FUN

For Young Women in search of freeing their hearts & minds, & a renewed path to fulfill their educational & career dreams.

The Truancy Assessment & Resource Center presents our 1st Summer Girl’s Group in support of all the Young Women seeking enlightenment to free their hearts and minds from the damaging exposures of our society. With the assistance from experts in the field of youth & community advocacy, a six-week workshop will address core issues of sexual exploitation, unhealthy relationships, and drug & alcohol addiction. Through these series of workshops, young women will learn ways to self-reflect upon their life choices in order to refresh and redirect their educational and career dreams. Final workshop will be a career panel of desired careers suggested by participants during the first workshop.

For more details, please contact Deidre Hill: 415-437-1706 or email at: dhill@ymcasf.org.

Jun/29/2011 TARC presents Summer Girl’s Group 2011 | July 6 to August 10

Posted by Richard • June 29th, 2011

TARC Girls Group 2011 Revised 245x300 TARC presents Summer Girls Group 2011 | July 6 to August 10

Truancy Assessment & Resource Center presents our

1st Summer Girl’s Group 2011

Middle & High School Ages Welcome
44 Gough Street, Ste. # 106
San Francisco, CA 94103

Workshops will be held on Wednesdays’ beginning

July 6-August 10, 2011
3:15 pm-4:30 pm
* Doors open @ 2:45 pm*
FREE FOOD * SAFE SPACE
LOTS of REAL FUN

For Young Women in search of freeing their hearts & minds, & a renewed path to fulfill their educational & career dreams.

The Truancy Assessment & Resource Center presents our 1st Summer Girl’s Group in support of all the Young Women seeking enlightenment to free their hearts and minds from the damaging exposures of our society. With the assistance from experts in the field of youth & community advocacy, a six-week workshop will address core issues of sexual exploitation, unhealthy relationships, and drug & alcohol addiction. Through these series of workshops, young women will learn ways to self-reflect upon their life choices in order to refresh and redirect their educational and career dreams. Final workshop will be a career panel of desired careers suggested by participants during the first workshop.

For more details, please contact Deidre Hill: 415-437-1706 or email at: dhill@ymcasf.org.

Jun/22/2011 SF Gate: Summer Learning Day Gives Kids Lessons in Fun

Posted by Richard • June 22nd, 2011

Summer Learning Day gives kids lessons in fun

Jill Tucker, Chronicle Staff Writer

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Third-grader Elaine Ma sat at a shady table in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza dipping a paintbrush in pink, gold and green paint.

“I’m painting a house,” she said as she brushed a gold swoosh on the paper. “This is magical grass.”

All around her some 800 children spent the first official day of summer hula hooping, playing board games, experimenting with bubbles and baking soda, hanging out in a bookmobile, drawing pictures, making bedazzled princess crowns and riding ponies.

This, said organizers of the city’s Summer Learning Day at the plaza, is what summer is supposed to be about: playing, thinking, creating, and ultimately learning outside the classroom in active, fun ways.

That’s not the experience for too many children, particularly low-income kids, who spend their 10 or so weeks of summer vacation doing nothing, said Sheryl Davis, director of Mo’ Magic, which helped organize Tuesday’s event.

Without structured activities that stretch their minds, they “tend to gain weight and fall behind,” she said. “They lose the summer. They come back to school two months behind.”

Researchers call it the summer brain drain. It affects all children, but especially those who don’t actively fight it.

Overall, most students forget two months worth of math over the summer. But low-income students also lose two to three months worth of reading skills.

As a result, the achievement gap between white, Asian and wealthy students and their Hispanic, black and low-income peers, each summer increasingly widens.

On Tuesday, most of the students at Civic Center Plaza were participants in nonprofit and city-sponsored summer camps and programs although some families stumbled upon the event and joined the fun, too.

There didn’t appear to be a single child at the event who, given a choice, would have picked a couch over the petting zoo, art project or bouncy houses.

Students who take part in summer enrichment activities, ranging from science camp, sports, family trips to museums or other programs, can boost their achievement levels, according to the National Summer Learning Association, which supported Tuesday’s Summer Learning Day activities across the nation.

And the students tend to avoid packing on the pounds as well, more likely avoiding the obesity epidemic plaguing the country’s youth.

In San Francisco, hundreds of primarily low-income children participate in nonprofit and city-sponsored summer programs, many featuring academic components. Those types of community programs can be critical to preventing summer learning loss, according to a study released this month by the nonprofit Rand Corp.

“They are often less expensive than school district staff, and they offer enrichment opportunities that are often similar to those experienced by middle-income youth during the summer – such as kayaking or chess, for example – that encourage students to enroll and attend, both of which are critical to program effectiveness,” said Catherine Augustine, a senior policy researcher at Rand, in a statement.

At Civic Center Plaza, with her paper filled with a pink and gold house with magical grass, Elaine appeared to plugging that drain in her brain. Her paintbrush and imagination were running wild. A green stick-figure man appeared on the paper. He had just arrived home, she explained.

Lisa Rasmussen, who had set up her Art Cart for the event, listened to Elaine’s story line and smiled.

“When children have art, they just swim in it,” Rasmussen said. “They just thrive.”

E-mail Jill Tucker at jtucker@sfchronicle.com.

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/06/22/BAUI1K0RD1.DTL

This article appeared on page C – 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle

May/21/2011 Super SATurday Rally and College Fair

Posted by Richard • May 21st, 2011

Super SATurday Rally and College Fair

May 21, 2011
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Oakland Marriott Convention Center

Don’t delay…prepare the smart way for the SAT today!

Rally celebrity host: Sway Calloway

  • Celebrity guest speakers and performance, including the Bay Area’s own Mistah Fab and Lil’ B
  • Free SAT Prep and college paraphernalia giveaways
  • Information and Resource Fair
  • Admission is free! Pre-register today!

For more information, please visit www.choosecollege4life.com/supersaturday.

May/16/2011 XTech Summer Workshops at The Exploratorium Application Deadline

Posted by Richard • May 16th, 2011

XTech is the Exploratorium’s science, technology, and engineering program for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. Students and staff work on all sorts of projects – from dissecting the guts of a computer to building machines that create wild kinetic patterns of laser light.

The program is free, and low-income students and those from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Girls are especially welcome. The workshops are an intensive, hands-on program in science, technology, engineering, art and math. There are two 2-week summer sessions. Upon completion of a summer session, participants may apply for the year-round XTech program, where they can earn money. Details of the SUMMER program:

Dates: June 6-17 or Aug. 1-12
Application deadline: May 16
Location: Exploratorium (at the Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St., SF)
Times: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

XTech is the Exploratorium’s two-year science, technology, and engineering program for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. Students and staff work on all sorts of projects that incorporate science concepts, art, human perception, engineering, problem-solving, and technology.

XTech has developed a working prototype of a student production laboratory at the Exploratorium. XTech middle and high school students have access to the tools, technology, and staff that help them explore, create, and produce innovative, engaging, and cool technology-based projects. Check out the “projects” page to see what XTech students have achieved.

XTech happens mostly at the Exploratorium, but during the summer we also hold sessions at our partner organizations – Aim High and First Graduate. Check out our partners page to read more about them.

XTech students come from two very successful education programs – Aim High and First Graduate. Students are in XTech for two years – either 7th and 8th grades or 8th and 9th.

Xtech students are required to fulfill a minimum number of hours each year – building projects, doing research, learning about technology, going on field trips, and making discoveries at Exploratorium exhibits.

 

May/14/2011 Free Health Clinic: Tdap Vaccination for Whooping Cough

Posted by Richard • May 14th, 2011

The San Francisco Unified School District has partnered with the Department of Public Health to offer a FREE Tdap vaccination  whooping cough (pertussis) booster shot) clinic open to all students and will be hosted at:

When & Where:
May 14, 2011 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (vaccinations) | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm (resource fair)
John O’Connell High School
2355 Folsom Street, SF

We are asking for your support and participation to help make this clinic an event with a larger impact and purpose for the Mission District community. We will also be providing families with a wide range of Health/ Educational Resources.

Why are we hosting a clinic:
A new California school immunization law, called AB 354, requires ALL students entering 7th through 12th grades for the 2011-2012 school year to show proof of a whooping cough (pertussis) booster shot, called Tdap, before entering school. Students who have not received this booster shot prior to the beginning of the school year will not be allowed to start school.

Who should attend this event:
Children that have NOT received the booster: specifically students entering 7th-12th grades in fall 2011.

How you can support the event:

  • Help promote the event by sharing the information with your clients and participants
  • Participate by tabling your organization’s services

How you can participate in the event:
Table and host the services that your organization or agency offers, offer in-take opportunities and advertise other topic related events in the community.

The last Tdap clinic that was held at Roosevelt Middle in March drew over 500 people. Help us increase the number of attendees and make this event an opportunity that goes beyond just one vaccination!

To Participate:
Please fill-out the form below and send it back to:

Maribel Sainez
Office of School/Family Partnership
SF Unified School District
415-241-6185
sainezm@sfusd.edu

For more information visit:

May/13/2011 XTech Summer Workshops at The Exploratorium

Posted by Richard • May 13th, 2011

XTech is the Exploratorium’s science, technology, and engineering program for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. Students and staff work on all sorts of projects – from dissecting the guts of a computer to building machines that create wild kinetic patterns of laser light.

The program is free, and low-income students and those from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Girls are especially welcome. The workshops are an intensive, hands-on program in science, technology, engineering, art and math. There are two 2-week summer sessions. Upon completion of a summer session, participants may apply for the year-round XTech program, where they can earn money. Details of the SUMMER program:

Dates: June 6-17 or Aug. 1-12
Application deadline: May 16
Location: Exploratorium (at the Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St., SF)
Times: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

XTech is the Exploratorium’s two-year science, technology, and engineering program for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. Students and staff work on all sorts of projects that incorporate science concepts, art, human perception, engineering, problem-solving, and technology.

XTech has developed a working prototype of a student production laboratory at the Exploratorium. XTech middle and high school students have access to the tools, technology, and staff that help them explore, create, and produce innovative, engaging, and cool technology-based projects. Check out the “projects” page to see what XTech students have achieved.

XTech happens mostly at the Exploratorium, but during the summer we also hold sessions at our partner organizations – Aim High and First Graduate. Check out our partners page to read more about them.

XTech students come from two very successful education programs – Aim High and First Graduate. Students are in XTech for two years – either 7th and 8th grades or 8th and 9th.

Xtech students are required to fulfill a minimum number of hours each year – building projects, doing research, learning about technology, going on field trips, and making discoveries at Exploratorium exhibits.

May/13/2011 Free Admission at SF Zoo for DCYF- or SFUSD-Funded Programs

Posted by Richard • May 13th, 2011

This summer there is free admission for programs funded by SFUSD and DCYF.

San Francisco Zoo

Contact: Stella Egar, 415/753-7122

Sloat Boulevard at Great Highway, Outer Sunset District/Beach

Free to programs funded by SFUSD or DCYF: Arrange tours at least two weeks in advance. 1-5 ratio of adults to children/youth required. Additional adults pay admission fee. Grades 1-12.

www.sfzoo.org

May/13/2011 Summer Learning Research! Math and Literacy during Out-of-School Time

Posted by Richard • May 13th, 2011

We are inviting summer learning programs to participate in a study about learning activities and technology.

To help PBS KIDS create the best materials for children, parents, and educators, we are investigating:

  • IF and HOW CHILDREN ENGAGE in Math and Literacy activities in your program,
  • YOUR THOUGHTS about the role of technology in out-of-school settings,
  • YOUR EXPERIENCES with using technology as a tool to help children learn and/or practice Math and Literacy skills, and
  • YOUR CHALLENGES with using technology in your program.

To participate in this study, programs

  • MUST have at least one program serving 6- 8 year-olds
  • MUST serve at least 50% children from low income families
  • DO NOT need to be currently using technology, but they must be open to the possibility of using technology to support children’s learning during out-of-school time

As a part of this study,

  • Program Directors will complete a 5-7 minute phone survey at their convenience and may be asked to nominate up to 3 staff members (preferably educators) who might be interested in participating in a 30-45 minute phone interview.
  • Program staff will participate in a 30-45 minute phone interview at their convenience and may be asked to complete a brief follow-up survey by mail or online.
  • We are especially interested in programs serving students in the New York Metro Area, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Atlanta, and rural regions across Kentucky.

What will participating programs receive?

  • PROGRAM DIRECTORS will receive an opportunity to inform and shape the development of technology tools – video, games, and applications –to support the learning of children in out-of-school settings.
  • PROGRAM STAFF that complete the phone interview will receive a $50 AMERICAN EXPRESS GIFT CARD.

Who is supporting this program?

This study is part of a large initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the U.S. Department of Education. Several well-loved educational television shows for children, such as Super Why! and The Electric Company and their related websites are made possible by past initiatives. (To learn more, please visit www.pbs.org/readytolearn). The Educational Development Corporation, Inc. (EDC) and SRI International, two nonprofit organizations with long histories in public education, are conducting this survey. The National Summer Learning Association is a partner in this work.

To register to participate, please contact:
Eve Townsend, 212-807-4279, etownsend@edc.org