Making the Connection to Prevention

While an afterschool program may not be specifically identified or funded as a substance misuse prevention program, there are several key components that everyone working in these programs can implement to help reduce risk factors and increase protective factors for youth. Participants will learn how to strengthen afterschool programs and better understand the connection to… Read more »

Raise Them Up! Resilience through Mind, Body, Community & Digital Balance

Do your social-emotional and character education programs need a REFRESH? Join us and receive free hands-on activities in areas of mindfulness, health & nutrition, community engagement, digital/social media consciousness, and service learning. This session will include tips, tools, and trade activities that will help students learn how to build skills in self-regulation, self- awareness, empathy… Read more »

Just Play 2.0

Come ready to PLAY in the “Just Play 2.0” workshop. If you joined us last year, COME AGAIN (new games and activities will keep you engaged). If you’re new to the conference and/or didn’t play last year, WE WELCOME YOU (so much fun can be had in a short time). Plan on magic words, hilarious… Read more »

Up In Smoke – Awareness of Vaping

This workshop is designed to teach about current trends and dangers with “vaping.” We will learn to recognize signs of use with vaping devices, as well as better understand ways that students might be hiding their addiction. Age of youth served: grades 7-12.

Oceans Explorations

Dive in to some great ocean explorations sure to inspire you to bring this world to the youth in your programs. From tidal pool adaptations to the deepest parts of the ocean, learn about this curriculum developed from free resources offered by the New England Aquarium. Age of youth served: grades K-5.

Yoga and Mindfulness for Youth

Staff will learn how to incorporate yoga and mindfulness techniques into their work with youth to promote self-regulation of emotions. Participants will leave an understanding of breathing techniques, yoga poses, group activities, mindfulness, and relaxation exercises to implement in their after school program. Age of youth served: grades K-5.

Taking Maker Activities to the Next Level

This workshop will assume that participants already have experience making, tinkering, and engineering with their students and are looking to go to the next level. Do you want to create a weekly afterschool maker club? Are you thinking about designing a STEM summer camp? Participants will try hands-on activities as a catalyst for discussions on… Read more »

Create an Environment for Tinkering and Engineering

Explore how the “maker movement” is expanding both school and afterschool enrichment. This workshop will emphasize important start-up considerations of access, high and low tech projects, linking to the school day, and creating a safe space and culture for tinkering. Participants will leave with lots of ideas to apply to their own learning environments. Age… Read more »