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Afterschool and Summer Learning Network Beyond School Bells and Partnership Coalition Grow the Good Life: Statewide Youth Tree-A-Thon Planned for Arbor Day Weekend and 2020

On Friday, March 13, Beyond School Bells, Nebraska’s afterschool and summer learning network announced its statewide challenge for youth and their communities across the state to collectively plant over 20,000 trees on Arbor Day weekend, April 24-26.

The coalition recognizes the extenuating circumstances due to the Coronavirus and will stay updated on the most current information regarding the virus and whether a postponement of the Arbor Day events will be necessary to a fall planting.

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Posted in Middle Childhood, News and Events, Teen/Early Adulthood

Afterschool and Summer Programs: Beyond School Bells Thinks Outside of the Box and Beyond School Hours

Beyond School Bells, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation’s Middle Childhood team has had a busy, productive, and transformative year. This initiative has long promoted our mission to create a Nebraska where all children, youth, and families thrive – through quality afterschool and summer programs.

Find out what Beyond School Bells has in store this spring and summer, including a Tree-A-Thon and more!

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Afterschool Program Success: What Happens When Beyond Schools Bells’ Teams Up with Five Communities to Create Initiatives from Scratch?

Five communities previously considered “Afterschool Deserts” without existing afterschool programs, were selected to participate in the ELO Design Challenge. These communities include Auburn Public Schools, Beatrice Public Schools, Boone Central Public Schools, Centura Public School, Grand Island Public Schools. Anna Wishart, Beyond School Bells’ Director of Partnerships, also pointed out that each location was unique in terms of location and demographic. Recent results contain MANY stories and stats of success.

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Posted in Middle Childhood, News and Events, Teen/Early Adulthood

Afterschool and Summer Programs Matter – and So Do Their Partnerships

When the coalition of 8 ELO communities launched in 2013, Jennifer Jones was there to help them develop and grow partnerships. Since then the communities have grown their partners, presence, and promotional strategies. Jennifer describes her experience working directly with those communities.

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Posted in Middle Childhood, News and Events, Teen/Early Adulthood

After School and Summer Programs: Beyond School Bells’ Mission Rings True

Just like its name, Beyond School Bells goes beyond simply supporting quality afterschool programs. Throughout the past 17 years, this program’s driving force has been to facilitate state and local policies and practices to engage youth in hands-on learning experiences, support their families, and create safer and stronger communities across Nebraska.

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Posted in Middle Childhood, News and Events, Teen/Early Adulthood

Beyond School Bells Holds Annual Conference for 30 Afterschool and Summer Program Professionals

On February 10-11, Beyond School Bells hosted a meeting of 30 afterschool and summer program professionals from across Nebraska to discuss emerging trends and opportunities in our field. This annual meeting once again provided opportunities for Nebraska’s ELO leaders to come together and learn from one another and meet with their elected representatives at an informal breakfast event.

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Facebook competition highlights importance of parent engagement

Earlier this spring, a handful of Omaha middle schoolers earned the opportunity to travel to California to attend Facebook’s Engineer for the Week Achievement Summit at the company’s headquarters. The team of three students came from the Boys & Girls

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Posted in Cradle to career, Middle Childhood, News and Events
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