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Variety NY Grants and Free Resources Available for Arts Programs

Sep 24, 2015  Anne Lawrence

Variety New York is excited to invite grassroots organizations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to apply for grants in order to transform the lives of children through the arts. Our application for the 2016/17 grantee cohort is now available. Selected grantees will receive funding as well as an opportunity to participate in Variety New York's value-added program. Further details about Variety New York's grant-making process can be found here.

We invite you to share this opportunity with your partners and colleagues engaged in work that transforms the lives of children through the arts.

Letters of inquiry are due November 20, 2015.

For application instructions please click here.

We are also pleased to announce our 2015/16 programming schedule for local youth and arts organizations.

Open to the public, Variety New York will host Brown Bag Sessions where practitioners discuss, build connections and gain skills in topics relevant to the work of transforming the lives of children through the arts. In addition, Variety New York will open its doors for monthly Public Office Hours. Local organizations and practitioners may come for walk in, free technical assistance and strategy sessions, use of the Variety resource library, and free use of our meeting space for peer-to-peer networking and brainstorming meetings. See a full list of sessions/office hours and reserve your spot here. For a full list of available resources in our library click here.


Call for 2015 Conference Workshop Proposals

Apr 27, 2015  Anne Lawrence

PACE is now accepting proposals for our annual citywide conference - Afterschool: Leadership, Program, Impact to be held at Pace University in New York on July 28, 2015, co-sponsored by Pace’s School of Education.

We expect over 400 leaders, staff, educators, intermediary organizations, capacity builders, researchers, resource providers, and other stakeholders to attend this day-long conference.

We are seeking proposals that:

  • Introduce exciting trends in youth services
  • Advance the work of the afterschool field
  • Promote new developments in afterschool services
  • Align with one of the conference themes: Leadership, Program, or Impact.

Submit the Conference Workshop Proposal Form by May 18, 2015. Selected presenters will be notified by June 5, 2015.

Questions? Contact PASE Conference Committee at conference@pasesetter.org using subject line: Workshop Proposal Question.

May 8th Transformative Practices & Restorative Justice Conference @ Lehman College

Apr 27, 2015  Anne Lawrence

A Celebration and A Call to Action

Explore the incorporation of transformative practices and restorative justice into higher education, educator preparation and continuation programs, K12 schools, community organizations, parent organizations and community agencies.  Includes building positive peer culture, supporting student academic, artistic, social and emotional development, replacing punishment models with restorative models of intervention to address harm and conflict, supporting educators' emotional and social asset development and building positive relationships with families and communities.

A few of the workshops:

  • Listening to Teens: Youth Voice, Community, and Social and Emotional
  • School Climate Improvement and Restorative Practices: Research, Policy, Measurement and School Improvement Guidelines Learning
  • Centering Race and Racism in Classroom Conversations
  • Zero Tolerance Ends where Restorative Practices are Embraced; A Presentation from an Urban School Perspective
  • Best Practices in School-Based Implementation of Restorative Practices
  • The Crossover Between Youth Work and Restorative Practices



May 8 Conference Program | 718-960-8440 | E-mail |  Website


Venture Forward Conference

Apr 13, 2015  Anne Lawrence

Youth, I.N.C.'s Sixth Annual Venture Forward Conference will take place on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.  It will feature morning and lunch discussions as well as workshops facilitated by leaders in the nonprofit and corporate community.  Topics this year include marketing, leadership, fundraising, and impact.  Kim Sabo Flores, staff who are participating in Bowne’s evaluation project and I will be participating in a luncheon panel “Grassroots Shared Impact for Out of School Time Programs.”

For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/ventureforward.

Advocacy in Out of School Time

Oct 08, 2014  Anne Lawrence

The fall means the first day of school, start of program and day 1 of your advocacy planning! Advocacy is KEY to your program’s existence and success. In this half day session participants will begin thinking about the advocacy actions your program can take that will have the most impact on city and state elected officials. Participants will leave with a calendar filled with a year’s worth of advocacy activities.

When: Wednesday, October 22, 2013
Time:   9:30AM-12:00PM
Where:  TASC, 1440 Broadway, 16th Floor, New York, New York  10018

For more information or to register, please visit http://expandedschools.org/events/advocacy-out-school-time-central-training.

Outstanding Nonprofit Board Leadership

Oct 08, 2014  Anne Lawrence

“Outstanding Nonprofit Board Leadership: A Conversation With the Winners of the 2014 Brooke W. Mahoney Award for Outstanding Board Leadership”

Jointly sponsored by the Center for Nonprofit Strategy & Management, Baruch College, School of Public Affairs & VCG Governance Matters.

On October 23rd, the winner and finalists from this year’s Brooke W. Mahoney Award for Outstanding Board Leadership will sit down with Dean David Birdsell of the Baruch College School of Public Affairs and Chair of VCG Governance Matters for a frank conversation about what makes their Boards–and their organizations–successful.

Welcome David M. LaGreca, Executive Director, VCG Governance Matters – Prior to this position, he founded The LaGreca Company (TLC) in 1999. David has extensive experience in working with corporate and nonprofit executives in areas as diverse as strategy, performance coaching and refining business operations. Between 2004 and 2008, he served as Interim Executive Director for five nonprofit organizations. Prior to establishing The LaGreca Company, David spent eight years as a consultant at VCG. Moderator David S. Birdsell, Dean, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College & Chair of the Board of VCG Governance Matters. David is Dean of the Baruch College School of Public Affairs.  His academic work is centered on the nexus of communication, media, and information technology in politics, government and nonprofit administration. He studies public access to information technology and advises nonprofit and governmental institutions on their communication and technology programs. His recent work on developing public sector leaders has led to the creation of more than 20 executive programs offered in partnership with government and nonprofit organizations in New York.  An expert on political debating and widely published on communication theory and practice, David is a regular guest commentator on debates and other aspects of political communication for local, national, and international television and print media. He chairs the Board of VCG Governance Matters and serves on the Boards of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and of the New York Census Research Data Center and chairs NASPAA’s Data Committee.

Panelists Bronx Works East Harlem Tutorial Program GO Project! Reach Out & Read of Greater New York Urban Pathways

To register click: 2014 BWM Award Winners



Oct 08, 2014  Anne Lawrence


November 1, 2014
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Holiday Inn- Rochester Airport
911 Brooks Ave
Rochester, NY 14624

Don’t miss this professional development opportunity with 24 exciting workshops put on by state and national experts.

WORKSHOP GUIDE AND ONLINE REGISTRATION OPEN AT http://www.afterschoolworksny.org/training_Institute.html

There is a small additional fee for registering online, and if you prefer a paper version of the registration, one is attached to this e-mail. We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to join afterschool providers from across the state for a great day of informative, fun, and educational sessions - and receive six training hours!   Please feel free to contact the AfterSchool Works! NY office at 518-694-0660 with any questions.

Job Posting: Recruitment and Communications Coordinator

Jan 28, 2014  Anne Lawrence

Organization and Position Description:

Christodora, a 116 year-old non-profit organization offering high-quality environmental education and leadership training to motivated New York City youth, is actively seeking a dynamic and energetic professional to fill the position of Recruitment and Communications Coordinator. This individual will have the opportunity to be the face of Christodora at outside events, programs, and schools, sharing the magic of our programs and bringing in future waves of participants. As a result, the ideal candidate will have a passion for youth and the outdoors and will easily relate to and build trust with diverse populations.

Key responsibilities include successfully placing over 300 youth in Christodora’s summer and afterschool programs and ensuring participation of over 25 partner schools in field trip and in-school environmental education programs. This position requires travel via public transportation throughout the city to schools and occasional visits to program locations in remote areas north of the city. Applicants must be able to work flexible schedules to accommodate these outside programs and recruitment events.
Requirements: Applicants must demonstrate an ability to effectively and enthusiastically communicate and foster relationships with Christodora’s existing and prospective inner city youth, families, school personnel, and program partners. Proven administrative, organizational, and computer skills are necessary to maintain a high standard in admissions paperwork and data. Successful candidates will be excellent writers and proficient in developing program marketing materials, managing social media, and updating a website. Background checks required. Salary is negotiable and based on experience.


If you are interested in applying for an opportunity to work as an integral part of a team of dedicated professionals to create significant positive effects on the lives of economically and experientially disadvantaged youth, please send a detailed cover letter and resume to: employment@christodora.org with “Recruitment and Communications Coordinator” in the title.

Job Posting: After-school Program Literacy Instructor

Jan 28, 2014  Anne Lawrence

The COVE a Program of the Knox Gates Neighborhood Association and CTM DREAMS

Literacy Instructor Job Description and Responsibilities:

  • Assist teens with homework assignments around literacy 1 hour per day Mon-Thur
  • Plan and facilitate reading and writing workshops for small group 2.0 hours per week on Fridays
  • Attend bi-weekly 1.5 hour team meetings
  • Track participant progress and program effectiveness through evaluations and one on ones with participants
    Communicate regularly with Program Director

Requirements: Candidates should have demonstrated experience in the field of Education (B.Ed preferred) and a minimum of 2 years experience working with high school-aged adolescents in an afterschool setting. Strong oral and written communication skills and an ability to work as part of a team are necessary.

Please send a resume and cover letter to thecove@ctmdreams.org attention Aisha Norris Executive Director. In the subject line of your email, please state the position. Qualified applicants will be asked to create and facilitate a 30 minute hour session for a small group of teens and interview with the Board of Directors Program Committee.

Hourly rate: Depending on Experience (8.5 hours @week February through April)

Knox Gates Neighborhood Association (KGNA) believes in the healing power of community. Facing the violence and inequities of our 21st century world, our neighborhood youth, adults and elders organize to create safe space and a network of life affirming support for all; in this community building effort, we learn self reliance, respect for others, and the skills to live full, cooperative, and productive lives.

To accomplish this mission, for 25 years, The COVE (Community Organized with a Vision of Excellence) has offered constructive options to Knox Gates families: after-school and summer teen programs, leadership training, and positive relationships with peers and mentoring adults.

See more at:  http://ctmdreams.org/?q=cove


Jan 28, 2014  Anne Lawrence

Harlem RBI is seeking dynamic individuals to serve as Reading Workshop Teachers at REAL Kids, an award-winning non-traditional after school enrichment program for boys and girls in K-5th grades in East Harlem and the South Bronx. The program offers a unique and supportive environment focused on enhancing interest in and appreciation for reading and learning while improving life skills in nutrition and fitness, critical thinking and communication, teambuilding and leadership.

Teachers are responsible for leading a daily reading workshop for K-5th grade youth as well as assisting Learning Coaches (college students employed as youth workers) to facilitate learning activities. REAL Kids Teachers lead trainings for staff and develop sustainable curriculum materials for the REAL Kids Workshop program. The REAL Kids Workshop features grade appropriate activities such as read-alouds, centers, guided reading, book clubs (or literature circles), and creative reading response activities. The program offers teachers a supportive environment that fosters creativity and innovation. Class sizes are small (approximately 18 youth) and two Learning Coaches support teachers.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Curriculum development: Develop a scope and sequence (HRBI Cycle Map) and seek out exciting curricular materials appropriate for a variety of academic levels and interests
  • Teaching: Plan and deliver literacy lessons to a variety of levels that includes an active role for two Learning Coaches and hands on activities for youth
  • Support Learning Coaches during “Clubhouse” as they lead their group in teambuilding activities
  • Mentorship: Meet regularly with Learning Coaches to provide weekly lesson plans, feedback on practice and ongoing instructional suppor.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least enrollment of graduate level education courses; Master’s Degree preferred
  • 2 years of classroom experience; such as student teacher or substitute teaching
  • State or city teaching certification preferred
  • Demonstrated success in teaching reading in an elementary setting
  • Experience managing or mentoring college students or other junior staff
  • Understanding of child development as it relates to literacy
  • Ability to take initiative and maintain flexibility
  • NOTE: Special Education expertise and/or knowledge of Spanish is helpful, though not required


The REAL Kids program will operate from September 30th to May 30th. Teachers work 4 days per week as follows.

  • Half-hour Professional Development meeting with the Education Specialist after program once a week
  • Half-hour mentoring and collaborative planning session with coaches after program one evening a week
  • 4 days a week (approximately 3:30pm to 5:30pm) Monday-Thursday
  • Additional opportunities to serve on Harlem RBI committees


The program offers a highly competitive hourly salary.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to awaters@harlemrbi.org. Please put “REAL Kids After School Teacher” in the subject line and please let us know how you heard of this opportunity. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Join a Working Group of Fee-For-Service After School Programs!

Jan 20, 2014  Anne Lawrence

After school programs that were free, due to lack of funding, are now charging fees. Many programs are struggling with how to go about charging fees and still continue to serve the families that cannot afford to pay.  What’s fair?  What’s the best way of charging and collecting fees?

Join a working group to discuss these issues and more. Come up with solutions!

The group will meet to discuss issues that pertain to fee for-service programs such as:

  •  Keeping participant costs down
  •  Fundraising
  •  The uniqueness of running a program with a public mission and charging a fee
  •  Advocating to elected officials to return funding to our programs
  •  The Challenges of Collecting Fees
  •  How to Determine who gets scholarships
  •  How to set up a sliding scale for participants
  •  And More!

Meeting Times are TBD

Contact Allison Weingarten for more information!

Allison Weingarten, MSW
Program Director
Queens Community House After School Enrichment Program
108-25 62nd Drive
Forest Hills, New York 11375
718-592-5757 X228


The Lamp offers hands-on media workshops

Sep 25, 2013  Anne Lawrence

Many programs are interested in integrating media into their programs.  The LAMP ( Learning About Multimedia Project) is an organization that works within schools and out-of-school time programs with the goal of teaching students to think critically and be proactive about the media content they engage with every day.

"The LAMP (Learning About Multimedia Project) is a nonprofit organization bringing media literacy and healthy digital relationships training directly to schools and communities throughout New York City. Hands-on media workshops, taught in school or after school, involve the exploration, deconstruction and production of blogs, videos, podcasts, commercials, news stories and more, all with the goal of teaching students to think critically and be proactive about the media content they engage with every day. Along the way, they gain collaboration and basic technology skills, and build positive relationships with and through media. The LAMP's curricula align with over 60 standards in the Common Core initiative, and programs can be tailored to enrich units and lessons taught in core classes taking place during the school day. In addition to working with youth, The LAMP also conducts media workshops for families and professional development trainings for teachers interested in integrating media literacy principles and technology with their teaching."

For more information contact:

Emily Long
Director of Development and Communications

Winning Beginning NY Emerging Leadership Initiative Request for Applications

Jun 24, 2010  Anne Lawrence

The WBNY Leadership Initiative is designed to cultivate and support a diverse group of emerging leaders who in their professional capacity have demonstrated a commitment to working to improve the lives of young children. This nine month program will help participants hone their leadership skills, deepen their understanding of critical early childhood policy issues, broaden their networks and strengthen their ability to be an effective advocate.

Those selected will participate in a series of learning and networking events including a two-day intensive leadership institute to be held in Albany, NY June 24th and 25th.

Click here for more information and an application form.

CRE Executive Director Hotline

Mar 09, 2010  Anne Lawrence

  • Are you a Nonprofit Executive Director in need of an immediate answer to a management problem?
  • Do you need a quick coaching tip on a sensitive HR issue?

Call the Executive Director Hotline at (917) 344-6678!

Lawyers Alliance for New York

Mar 09, 2010  Anne Lawrence

FREE nonprofit legal information is just a phone call away!

Call the Hotline at (212) 219-1800 x 224 to leave a message with your nonprofit legal question. A staff member will return your call within 48 hours with the answer you need or a helpful referral.

Click here to ask your question by email. Please include a phone number where you can be reached during regular business hours (9:30 am - 5:30 pm).

New Foundation Center Map Guides Nonprofits to Stimulus Dollars and Other Resources

Mar 09, 2010  Anne Lawrence

The Foundation Center, the nation's leading authority on organized philanthropy, has collected an extensive array of resources on how nonprofits may be able to access stimulus package funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The Center's new MapShot: Best ARRA Funding Resources by State provides a state-by-state display of funding opportunities and other pertinent information. The new map guides visitors to a wealth of annotated links about ARRA, such as:

  • Detailed lists of "shovel-ready" projects in every state, submitted in the 2008 U.S. Conference of Mayors report
  • "New Opportunities for Michigan Nonprofits," the first in a series of briefings prepared by City Connect Detroit related to funding opportunities through the ARRA
  • "State of Hawai'i's HI-Way to Recovery," official state web site on the economic stimulus package
  • "What Stimulus Means to Texas Health Care," preliminary information from the Texas Medical Association on major health and human services allocations for Texas

"America's nonprofits are fighting for their piece of the stimulus pie, and this mapping tool gives them a running start," said Bradford K. Smith, president of the Foundation Center.

Also informative is the Center's PhilanTopic blog post, What Do Nonprofits Need to Know About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act?.

MapShot: Best ARRA Funding Resources by State is available at the Center's Focus on the Economic Crisis web page, which offers a variety of resources to help nonprofits and foundations deal with the challenges of the unstable economy.

NYSAN Professional Development Event Listing

Mar 09, 2010  Anne Lawrence

NYSAN is pleased to announce the launch of a new professional development event list. All of the listings on this page are directly related to afterschool and school-age child care; take place in New York State; and are open to anyone who would like to attend.

The event list is available in two places:

  • NYSAN Website, Professional Development page
  • NYSAN Twitter homepage (To receive instant updates on professional development opportunities, follow us!: @NYSAN)

If you are organizing a local or statewide professional development event designed for afterschool providers that you would like listed, please email Jen Siaca.

Certificate Program for Child and Youth Workers

Mar 09, 2010  Anne Lawrence

York College of the City University of New York (CUNY) offers a Certificate Program for Child and Youth Workers. The certificate program is approved by the New York State Department of Education and is designed to offer youth workers a professional program of study that provides college credits that can applied towards an undergraduate degree.

Courses are designed to help youth workers improve their literacy and technology skills; foster an understanding of children and youth across age, gender, culture, and ability; provide opportunities to develop teaching and youth development competencies; develop skills in designing developmental learning environments across grades and subject areas; provide techniques in first aid and safety, as well as physical education; foster an understanding of diverse cultures; and stimulate thinking and reflective praxis.

For more information, please contact Regina Misir at (718) 262-2530 or rmisir@york.cuny.edu.