Utah Afterschool Blog

Contributed by guest blogger Hanna Pendergast.   As a new afterschool program coordinator, I’m desperate for new ideas. Jumpstart came just in time—just as I was starting to get lost in the many everyday challenges of this line of work and forget the bigger picture. Thanks to some wonderful speakers,…
Contributed by guest blogger Carrie Rogers-Whitehead Imagine two kindergartners, starting their first day of school: Maria and Charlie. These two young students have similar abilities, go to the same school, both have families who support their learning---but Maria has high speed broadband access and a computer at home, while Charlie…
Contributed by guest blogger Carrie Rogers-Whitehead Over the last year researchers at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education studied how students from middle school to college evaluated online sources of information. The results were grim. More than 80% of middle-schoolers believed that paid advertiser content was a real news story. The…
Contributed by guest blogger Dalton Oium   The South Salt Lake Police Activities/Athletics League is unlike any boxing gym you’ve ever seen. The brightly lit facility and colorful paintings are only matched by the excited sound of the bantam-sized pugilists circling the gym space. On any given day, South Salt…
Contributed by guest blogger Andrew McCormick There a lot of compelling reasons to work in after school programs. Do you like to sleep in? The late start of the busy part of the day is your cup of tea. Like playing non-traditional games that can’t be played in schools? Come…
Contributed by guest blogger Wendy Yardley Wendy Yardley is the grant administrator for three successful school based programs in Beaver County. When approached with the question: “Wendy, you have such good programs down here. What is your “Secret Sauce?” She replied with some great advice. We liked her response so…
The National Association for Afterschool (NAA), our field’s memberships organization, recently published five focus briefs for nation wide use. NAA is often publishing articles that reflect best practice thinking for the profession. This particular set of publications is geared to help your organization raise awareness on the importance of improving…
Summer is a wonderful time of year. The flowers are blooming, the days are long, and the weather is warm. One cannot help but be grateful for the longer days and warm weather that allows them the opportunity to spend time with their family. Warm summer nights bring movies in…