MASN Latest News

Waterville Boys & Girls Club to be Featured on NBC National News, May 25 at 8:00pm

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterville will be the featured BGC organization on NBC Thursday May 25th at 8:00pm for Red Nose day. The kids in the After School Program will be on a video with actor Paul Rudd highlighting the program’s Kid’s Kitchen operation.


Action Alert!

President Trump has released his budget proposal for FY 2018. The budget proposal seeks to eliminate numerous agencies and programs, including the only dedicated federal funding-stream for after school programming: the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative. The President’s proposal also dials back funding for afterschool STEM supports, the Corporation for National and Community Service, which funds local AmeriCorps and Volunteers In Service to America (VISTA) positions, and the National Endowment for the Arts. These programs provide valuable opportunities that allow programs and their communities to develop the whole child as an informed and engaged citizen.

THE TIME FOR ACTION HAS COME again. While the President has proposed a budget on discretionary spending, the power of the purse ultimately resides with Congress. Though our delegation has been known to support afterschool and summer learning programs, we need to be clear that we are watching. Mainers need to communicate to our representatives that afterschool programs help working families, improve attendance, keep kids off the streets, and fill bellies. Learn More and Take Action HERE!


Registration Open for The Maine Event: Creating Positive Climates for Youth

Registration is now open for Creating Positive Climates for Youth, the annual conference put on by Positive Youth Development Institute, this year in collaboration with Collaborative for Perpetual Innovation.

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Creating Positive Climates for Youth
The Maine Event: Creating Positive Climates for Youth is the 2017 combined annual conference of the Positive Youth Development Institute (PYDI) and the Collaborative for Perpetual Innovation (CPI). For professionals interacting with youth in or out of school, this conference offers the latest in research and practice in creating climates positive for everyone and strategies in social trust and youth development. Come visit the beautiful state of Maine this June and attend.2017

Summer Training Academy 
The Summer Training Academy is a premier pre-conference opportunity sponsored by Bolster Collaborative to improve your work with young people by learning from nationally recognized trainers. These sessions strengthen skills, expand knowledge, and improve practice through the in-depth exploration of content that is not possible in a conference setting.



Complimentary Membership to NAA

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Maine Afterschool Network is the state affiliate for the National Afterschool Association (NAA). NAA membership is complimentary. Being a member of NAA allows you to be part of the larger afterschool community and includes access to news about afterschool and educational trends, professional development, useful tools & resources, and a variety of discounts for valuable services.

Visit www.naaweb.org/membership for more details.


Good Shepherd Food Bank Partnership

MASN partnering with Good Shephard Food Bank to Expand Afterschool Snack/Dinner Program in Maine.

Madelyn Holm, one of the newest members of Feeding America’s Child Hunger Corps has just begun her two year placement at Good Shepherd Food Bank here in Maine. Madelyn’s focus area during this time is going to be expanding our state’s utilization of the CACFP At-Risk program – a federal funding source available to reimburse dinners and snacks through after school programs. As a newer reimbursement program, there are only few sites across the state currently enrolled and receiving funds, but there is tremendous room for expansion. Madelyn is looking to speak with organizations already accessing these funds to learn more about your experiences, as well as with providers not yet participating but interested in signing up to receive CACFP At Risk reimbursements for their programs.

Please feel free to reach out to Madelyn with questions or feedback about her project at mholm@gsfb.org or 207.520.9711.