Upcoming Young Entrepreneur Pitch (YEP)! Curriculum Training Available

Add Some Sizzle to Your Program with Young Entrepreneur Pitch (YEP)!

Programs that piloted the free K-12 Young Entrepreneur Pitch curriculum this summer said it “provided amazing learning opportunities,” was a “thorough curriculum,” that “pushed creativity,” and was “a really good program.”

Teaching kids about entrepreneurship helps them learn and practice 21st and 22nd century skills including communication and problem solving, provides a new lens through which to view the future, and is something they enjoy. Some experts believe entrepreneurship is an essential skill that needs to be added to current educational initiatives.


Heart Reach Neighborhood Ministries student interviewed by Youngstown reporter about his entrepreneurial pitch

Students who participated in YEP programs this summer said they liked the program because: “it gave me confidence,” “help prepare for the future,” “I get to make my own idea,” “it was interesting,“ and “I liked talking with the judges.”

Program partners, funders, schools and their business advisory councils, and others can serve as student mentors, host field trips, guest speakers, pitch contest judges or donate pitch contest prizes.

The Young Entrepreneur Institute, in partnership with the Ohio Afterschool Network, is hosting a free 75-minute training on Tuesday, September 10th, 10:15a – 11:30a at the SE Ohio Hub meeting at the Athens Public Library. Register on the Ohio Afterschool Network website. The Hub meeting with continue after the training with information sharing and training until 2:00 pm.

Several 30-minute webinars are scheduled for August and September to introduce educators and others who work with youth to the YEP curriculum.  Registration is online.

For more information, contact Liz Nusken at liz@oanohio.org.










21st CCLC’s ESLAsC Program Earns National Recognition

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Congratulations are in order, as Columbus State’s ESLAsC (English as a Second Language After School Community, a 21st CCLC program) was recognized this month for high quality, equitable summer programming! The honor was announced by the National Summer Learning Association. ESLAsC’s Reads Across National Parks was one of only four programs in the nation to earn the New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award.

Out of nearly 250 applicants, the four winning programs meet the rigorous criteria for this national recognition. That criteria includes helping students cement skills learned during the school year and demonstrating effective family engagement strategies. The criteria also examines programs that provide inclusive and innovative programming to serve the diverse needs of children and their families. Each program receives $10,000 from the New York Life Foundation and Lands’ End. They’ll be recognized in a ceremony in Atlanta.

Columbus State’s Reads Across National Parks helps children see their future potential and is a testament to the possibility of effective summer programming when a community and its schools band together. You can read more about it, and the other three programs recognized nationally, at this link. 


Photo: Students in the ESLAsC program at Prairie Norton Elementary School in June 2018

Please view the official press release HERE!



ServeOhio Update: Make a Difference Day of Service

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Make a Difference Day of Service 

October 26, 2019

On October 26th, volunteers from across the country will unite for Make A Difference Day, one of the largest annual single-days of service nationwide. Since 1992, volunteers and communities have come together on Make A Difference Day with a single purpose: to improve the lives of others
Project grants available!
ServeOhio, along with its partners AEP Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service, announce the availability of grants to support community service projects organized for Make A Difference Day on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Grant awards will range between $500 to $2,000.
How can the funding be used?
The grants support projects that create or improve community assets or infrastructure such as parks, schools, senior centers, community gardens or low-income homes through community volunteer engagement. Funds may be used for supplies/materials and volunteer support.
Who is eligible to apply?
Non-profit and public organizations in Ohio including, but not limited to, volunteer centers, school districts, community colleges, universities, and local governments are eligible to apply.
Ready to apply?
For the application and instructions, visit the ServeOhio Website. The application deadline is Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 5:00 PM.  We look forward to receiving your application!
Find helpful resources for planning your project, recruit volunteers, and browse other projects using the All For Good website and search engine.        

Governor DeWine Announces Two-Year Budget Commitment of $550 Million for Wraparound Services

On Tuesday, July 30th, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus (a current 21st CCLC grantee) had the privilege of hosting Governor Mike Dewine at the J. Ashburn Jr. Club for a press event, as he shared his commitment to focus on student wellness and success in our community’s highest need schools.

As many in the field of after/out-of-school time know, many youth in our community are faced with challenges at home that affect their ability to learn in school including food insecurity, homelessness, addiction, financial instability, emotional trauma, and much more.  The recently signed 2020-2021 state operating budget will provide:

  • $500 million in funding for “wraparound” services throughout the city, with over $10 million invested in Columbus City Schools
  • $140,000 in TANF funding (doubling from $70,000 in 2019)

These services will target the social and emotional needs of our students, eliminating barriers to learning so that every child has the opportunity to achieve academic success.

Governor Dewine recognized Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus for the key partnerships it has developed with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Columbus City Schools, stating that much of the growth in the area of wraparound services would not have been possible without the Clubs.  One of the best examples of this partnership is exemplified through the Highland Bridge Program, where 70+ Highland Elementary students who were not meeting grade level standards in literacy received behavioral support services from Nationwide Children’s Hospital and academic support through Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus.  After just 90 days in this program, 58% of participants achieved proficient reading levels!

Please see the included photos from Governor Dewine’s visit.

Click on the following links for articles from The Columbus Dispatch and Governor DeWine’s Office.

Cleveland Browns Foundation, Ohio Department of Education and Proving Ground Collaborate to Launch Statewide School Attendance Network

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For Immediate Release
Aug. 2, 2019

Cleveland Browns Foundation, Ohio Department of Education and Proving Ground Collaborate to Launch Statewide
School Attendance Network

Initially reaching more than 80,000 Ohio students, the network will help schools, districts and partners improve attendance and tackle chronic absenteeism

The Cleveland Browns Foundation, Ohio Department of Education and Proving Ground at Harvard University today launched the Get 2 School, Stay in the Game! Network (Get 2 School Network), a statewide initiative designed to promote the importance of school attendance and put an end to chronic absenteeism.

“The equation is quite simple,” said Cleveland Browns Owner Dee Haslam. “The more a student attends school, the more prepared they are for future success beyond the classroom.”

The network’s goal is to increase student attendance, particularly among specific groups of students, such as African American, Hispanic, English learners, economically disadvantaged and students with disabilities. The network believes that student success begins with engaged learners who attend school each day.

This network is designed to connect its users to each other, state and national experts, and high-quality, attendance-focused campaign materials, strategies and evaluation tools. The network’s core is its website, Get2School.org, which is available to all Ohio schools and districts at no cost.

“To have a great educational experience, students need to be where the learning is happening,” said Ohio’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria. “Through this unique partnership, we are collaborating to ensure that children are learning every day and are excited about their futures. Thanks to the Cleveland Browns and Proving Ground at Harvard University for working with our Department on this impactful initiative.”

In addition, the network will support the unique attendance needs of rural and remote school districts by helping them deploy, test and evaluate the effectiveness of specific, attendance-related strategies. Findings will be shared with the broader network.

“Growing the team of adults who are positive forces in the lives of our students will give them a boost both personally and academically,” says Superintendent Brian Petrie of Cardington-Lincoln Local Schools. “Whether it’s a local adult who volunteers to help with homework or the chance to earn attendance support through the Cleveland Browns Foundation and the National Center for Rural Education Research Networks, all of our students could use a few more heroes in their lives.”

An identified set of school districts, known as action districts, will receive additional supports and resources, affecting approximately 66,000 students. Through these resources, districts will be able to launch comprehensive community campaigns to raise awareness regarding the importance of school attendance, use data to target specific, attendance-related intervention efforts for maximum impact, analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of specific interventions, and refine attendance-related solutions across these school districts. Over time, all learnings from these improvement efforts will be shared broadly across the network, benefiting all participating schools and districts.

“Proving Ground is committed to supporting and bringing districts together to collaborate on their shared challenges, including chronic absenteeism,” says Bi Vuong, director of Proving Ground, an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. “We are excited that our current district partners in Ohio can join the Browns Foundation network to share what they’ve learned and broaden the impact of their collective insights.”

In celebration of the network’s launch, approximately 500 students, families, community members and dignitaries from across the state are set to gather for an official kick-off pep rally at FirstEnergy Stadium, prior to the 2019 Cleveland Browns Orange & Brown Scrimmage. The event will feature a series of speakers, live entertainment and activities, followed by a tailgate leading up to the game. In addition, all admission proceeds from the scrimmage will benefit the Get 2 School Network.

Cleveland Browns Owner Dee Haslam, State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria, Proving Ground Director Bi Vuong and Michael Lehan, former cornerback for the Cleveland Browns and principal at Osseo Senior High School in Osseo, Minnesota, will be available for media questions and interviews following the launch event at approximately 2:40 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3.

About the Get 2 School, Stay in the Game! Network’s Founding Partners:

Cleveland Browns Foundation

The power of community engagement and role models — The Cleveland Browns Foundation prioritized student attendance in 2015 when it developed a partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, which at the time, faced a chronic absence rate of 35 percent. In an effort to remove attendance-related barriers, the foundation also supported a local clothing program, providing students facing economic hardship greater access to uniforms and basic clothing packages. The campaign helped Cleveland Metropolitan Schools cut chronic absenteeism to 30 percent in the 2017-2018 school year.

Ohio Department of Education

The power of connectivity and coherence — The Ohio Department of Education is on a mission to prepare each child by ensuring equity and supporting quality schools through partnerships that maximize strengths to achieve collective impact. Taken together, equity, partnerships and quality schools form the three core principles identified in Each Child, Our Future—Ohio’s five-year strategic plan for education.

Proving Ground

The power of evidence and continuous improvement — Proving Ground, an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, works with states and school districts to help identify and test solutions to specific challenges, including chronic absenteeism. The initiative supports continuous improvement through data analysis, strategic advice, hands-on assistance and peer networking opportunities. Proving Ground’s iterative improvement cycle includes deeply understanding the challenge, identifying potential solutions, testing those solutions, examining findings and determining next steps. Proving Ground currently works with more than 20 school districts in Ohio.

For more information, please visit Get2School.org.


About the Ohio Department of Education
The Ohio Department of Education oversees the state’s public education system, which includes public school districts, joint vocational school districts and charter schools. The Department also monitors educational service centers, other regional education providers, early learning and child care programs, and private schools. The Department’s tasks include administering the school funding system, collecting school fiscal and performance data, developing academic standards and model curricula, administering the state achievement tests, issuing district and school report cards, administering Ohio’s voucher programs, providing professional development, and licensing teachers, administrators, treasurers, superintendents and other education personnel. The Department is governed by the State Board of Education with administration of the Department the responsibility of the superintendent of public instruction.

Media Contact:
Carolyn Cypret
(614) 387-2267

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FY20 New 21st CCLC Award Recipients

We are pleased to announce the FY20 NEW 21st CCLC Award Recipients! 

The Ohio Department of Education, Office of Improvement and Innovation, received 247 NEW applications for this year’s competitive process and many of the applications received were highly rated.  Due to available funds, after awarding our renewal grants, we were able to award funds to 34 new grants.  Please see the list of FY20 NEW grantees below, as well as the official ODE press release announcement HERE.

Notifications are currently being sent to all applicants, via the CCIP History Log.

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