What's happening with NMOST?
Spring Break Meals:
Spring Break for many children is something to look forward to after a long school year. But for many children around New Mexico, Spring Break is a painful reminder that hunger never takes a holiday. The Albuquerque One Meal A Day Hunger Task Force headed by New Mexico Appleseed and the New Mexico Out of School Time Network have been convening with community leaders in combating childhood food insecurity. According to Feeding America’s 2015 Map the Meal Gap report. New Mexico currently ranks bottom of the nation with more than 145,000 hungry children with nearly 30% or 1 in 3 children at risk of hunger. For the thirty percent of children, school meals have become a major source of basic nutrition, and when schools close for the holidays, many of those families struggle to fill the gap. Households with children are disproportionately likely to be food insecure, meaning having enough food for an active, healthy life.
For additional information and links to the full press release and to a KOB-TV news story on the program.
NMOST Executive Director, May Sagbakken, has been named one of sixteen leaders in afterschool and expanded learning to be selected as a White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellow as part of a partnership between the Riley Institute at Furman University and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Congratulations to May, and to NMOST for this exciting opportunity!
In the 10-month program, which begins in October, Fellows will study afterschool/expanded learning policy and develop and implement state-level policy projects in partnership with their Statewide Afterschool Networks and the national afterschool Alliance.
Read the press release
NCSL Data Grant:
NMOST recently received a $10,000 grant from the National Conference of State Legislators. We will use the funding to establish a sustainable Data to Action Team, map existing OST programs and needs in New Mexico, obtain information on program successes and challenges, and disseminate resulting data to local and state level audiences. Our goal is to create shared language, shared indicators, and a statewide OST gap analysis.
Resulting reports, maps, and infographics will be presented at our legislative day in Santa Fe in 2018, and be used to educate policymakers on OST impact and needs. These efforts will culminate in a legislative ask for more funding for OST for the 2018 legislative session. Contributors to this effort will include: Share NM, the New Mexico Community Data Collaborative (NMCDC), and the New Mexico Department of Health.
To map OST in New Mexico, we need to collect up-to-date information on out-of-school time (OST) programs throughtout the state. If you are an OST provider, we ask that you take the time to update or create your program profile in the Share NM Resource Directory.
Step 1: download these instructions that will walk you through how to add or update your program information. You will be asked for quite a bit of information, all of which is important to help paint the most comprehensive picture of out-of-school time in New Mexico. Also, the more complete your information, the more information people will have in deciding whether to use your program.
Please be sure to "add a program" for each program you offer, then “add a location” for each, after completing the information about your organization. Note that you will need to "Save" each section: organization, program(s) and site(s).
Remember to edit your organization’s profile any time there is any change (including contact info or addition/deletion of programs and/or sites), so that your information continues to be up to date.
If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Karen@sharenm.org. Let’s work together to connect New Mexicans with the out-of-school time resources they need!