Idaho Out-of-School Network

Idaho Out-of-School Network


With all the challenges and uncertainty right now, the one thing we can control is continuing to educate ourselves on being the best After School Program we can be for our students. "Building Exceptional After School Physical Activity Programs" is a Facebook Group community filled with OST Professionals wanting to connect, share, and continue to learn how to enhance the physical activity portion of their program. Whether through distance learning or on-site, this community is there to help each other. The group is only a week old and already has almost 100 enthusiastic members! Click on the link to join.

Idaho Out-of-School Network (ION) provides resources for out-of-school educators, after-school programs and public awareness of quality programming.

Operating as usual

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The Spring 2022 Recharge Workshops & Roundtables Registration is now open! In this training participants will learn the basics of maker-centered learning and STEM education. There will also be a chance to build connections and community support in the roundtable discussion! Check out this link to get registered!

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When kids continue learning during the summer, they are healthier, safer, and more prepared for the school year ahead. Out-of-school time programs can prepare too. Check out this resource page from The National Summer
Learning Association for excellent tips!

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Want your kids to have a great summer and explore the outdoors? Check the ION Program Directory to find an outdoor program near you!

Youth Voice Story Collection 03/16/2022

Youth Voice Story Collection

The Afterschool Alliance wants to hear what youth think, feel, and/or appreciate about their afterschool programs! Youth age 13 & up who share their views in a written, video, or art piece may be featured on the Afterschool Alliance website, and may be invited to apply to become an Youth Ambassador! Youth whose work are selected to be featured will receive a $75 gift card.

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ION is supporting programs through the Summer of Innovation funding in 2022. This final round of the Idaho Community Programs for Youth Award will go to support youth ages 5-13 access all kinds of out-of-school time opportunities across the whole state. Interested programs should apply here.


Great opportunity to expand art offerings!

Grant Opportunity for expanding access to arts education in Idaho rural public schools! Rural school districts/charter schools may request up to $15,000 to increase access to arts education! This is a one-time, non-matching grant opportunity; funds may be used to purchase equipment, supplies, and curricular materials for arts education. Applications are due April 17; apply here:

This grant is a partnership of the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the Idaho State Board of Education

2020 America After 3PM Data 03/14/2022

2020 America After 3PM Data

STEM Learning in Afterschool on the Rise- Idaho is really rocking it!

2020 America After 3PM Data The Afterschool Alliance's 4th edition of America After 3PM provides a detailed account of children in the afterschool hours, identifying: trends of participation in, and unmet demand for, afterschool programs; the experiences and opportunities programs afford; and which children and families are mi...

i-STEM - Idaho STEM Action Center 03/10/2022

i-STEM - Idaho STEM Action Center

Amazing opportunity- register now!

i-STEM - Idaho STEM Action Center i-STEM Summer Institutes Opportunity Goals & Objectives: To empower Idaho educators to gain STEM content knowledge and pedagogical skills, and to build local communities of learning to increase student excitement for and interest in STEM. Brief Description: i-STEM is a summer professional developmen...

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Round III of the Idaho Community Programs for Youth award launches TODAY! Programs serving youth ages 5-13 this summer can apply for up to $45K to help increase access, reduce barriers and improve quality. Visit here to find out more and apply!!

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Our March 2022 Newsletter is out now! Go check it out!!

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Want to connect with over 200 out-of-school program providers across the state? ION is officially requesting proposals for breakout sessions during the 2022 PowerUP! Summit: Power Up Partnerships. Apply today at:

Photos from Idaho Out-of-School Network's post 02/26/2022

Last week the Idaho Out-Of-School Network held the Behavior Management Institute for after school professionals in Idaho! This included the three tiers which are, Behavior Management 101, Trauma Informed Practices, and Youth Mental Health. We had the honor of Dr. Katie Azevedo along with ION staff instructing these tiers and truly enjoyed the experience with all of the teams that attended in person and over zoom!

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Idaho Out-of-School Network is excited to announce that Trailers Plus is a lead sponsor of the Think Make Create Mobile makerspace labs. This project helps kids across Idaho learn science, technology, engineering and math the "fun way" - through hands on education. Thank you to the Trailers Plus team! TrailersPlus


Calling all Youth Serving Professionals and Volunteers!!
You have the power to shape and support youth success! We’re seeking to hear from professionals and volunteers from a range of initiatives, organizations, and youth-serving agencies who work with youth in out of school settings. Take the Power of Us Workforce Survey!

Photos from Idaho South and East STEM Ecosystem- ISEE STEM's post 02/15/2022

So much fun! Thank you to University of Idaho 4-H Youth Development and Sharon Cates for joining too!

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Happy Valentines Day from us to you! We’re spreading our love for the after school professionals that work so hard! We appreciate you❤️

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We are so excited to announce that ION’s third Annual Behavior Management Institute has over 100 afterschool professionals that will be in attendance this year!

Photos from Idaho Out-of-School Network's post 02/11/2022

4-H Adventure Day Camp & Overnight Summer Camp registration is open and they do have scholarships available! Just email [email protected] with a request for a scholarship with your child's name and the events registered for. Go sign up today!

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Why do we love afterschool? It gives our youth a chance to share their voice! To the afterschool professionals out there, YOU matter. Thank you for sharing your kindness.
Afterschool for All

Photos from Idaho Out-of-School Network's post 02/09/2022

The Hub City Initiative was a recipient of Round II of the Idaho Community Programs for Youth Award. The Hub City Initiative will focus its attention on providing additional academic, emotional, and social support to their English Language Learners, migrant youth, youth disabilities and students experiencing housing insecurity. Congratulations to Wendell School District!
The Face of Wendell Schools



Want to join out team? ION is hiring a Regional Out-Of-School Specialist in Eastern Idaho! Learn more here-


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The 4-H Adventure Camp mission is to empower youth to reach their full potential by providing opportunities to enhance life skills, have fun, and develop self esteem in a secure and friendly environment. Go online to their website to register for their day and summer camps today!

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Are you an afterschool professional who needs time to get away from it all- time with others in the field to reconnect and renew (safely, of course)? Convention provides just that! Register today:
National AfterSchool Association (NAA)

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Our February newsletter is out. Go check it out!

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Hip hip hooray its a snowshoe day with P.A.S.S.

Pinehurst After School Solution was a recipient of Round I and will continue their efforts to enhance behavioral support for students most impacted by the pandemic, including providing transportation for rural youth. (And creative lesson settings in the winter months!)

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Idaho Out-of-School Network offers TMC trainings for youth-program staff, teachers, and community partners. Our next TMC training will be on February 4th. Check out our website to register!

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Idaho Out-of-School Network has the honor of supporting 12 programs through their Idaho Community Programs for Youth Award. Girls On the Run will use their award to do what they do best! Inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun experience-based curriculum in while running. The funds from the ICPFY award will increase scholarships for the Spring 2022 season. Congratulations Girls on the Run Treasure Valley!
Girls on the Run Idaho - Treasure Valley


NY Times best-selling author Jacqueline Woodson will be the featured author at ADL Education's “Read Aloud and Conversation” on Wed, Feb 9 4pm ET. Register for a chance to win a signed copy of her book!

Educator Therapy Virtual Summit 01/20/2022

Educator Therapy Virtual Summit
Awesome free opportunity to get personal and professional support for educational professionals and out-of-school leaders.

Educator Therapy Virtual Summit The Leading Equity Center presents the Educator Therapy Virtual Summit.

Photos from Idaho Out-of-School Network's post 01/12/2022

The PASS afterschool program at Pinehurst Elementary is a recipient of ION's Idaho Community Programs for Youth Award. They had a wonder-filled experience yesterday snow shoeing. The Director, Deanne Fitzgerald said, "From my perspective, the past two days were the highlight of my afterschool career, being able to share my outdoor experiences with our PASS kids and seeing all the smiles on their faces. They were so excited to try something new even though it was out of their comfort zone. We are looking forward to many more winter adventures. Thank you ION!"

State Board devotes $26 million to student data collection, after-school programs 01/12/2022

State Board devotes $26 million to student data collection, after-school programs

Investing in afterschool! 🎉

State Board devotes $26 million to student data collection, after-school programs The money comes from the latest and largest round of elementary and secondary school emergency relief dollars sent to Idaho through congressional coronavirus relief packages.


Submit your team applications by Friday to secure a place!


Happy Holidays from ION to you!

Harnessing the Power of Afterschool and Summer Programs to Support Recovery and Reengagement 12/15/2021

Harnessing the Power of Afterschool and Summer Programs to Support Recovery and Reengagement

Harnessing the power of afterschool and summer programs to support recovery and reengagement

Harnessing the Power of Afterschool and Summer Programs to Support Recovery and Reengagement In this brief, AIR researchers offer a potential pathway to understanding how learning and development happen in quality afterschool and summer programs. This pathway emphasizes three key competencies—relationship skills, a sense of agency, and identity development—that research suggests can fac...

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A few more moments captured from the 2018 Idaho Out-of-School Power Up! Summit..
ION PowerUp! Summit lunch Keynote
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STEM Revolution Idaho STEM Action Center Micron Technology Inc. In Horseshoe Bend to recognize and surprise one of our #...
Taking and hour today to say thanks to some of our partners today in honor of #LightsOnAfterschool Day!
2017 Lights on Afterschool Day Proclamation
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