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NMOST ED teams up with NM Lt. Governor Howie Morales on Op-Ed touting state funding for OST
Read the piece entitled, "New Mexico Will See Big Progress for Afterschool and Summer Learning."

Out-of-School Time Network Helps Bring Food, Childcare & Remote Learning to Families in Need - KSFR-FM
NMOST Executive Director May Sagbakken spoke with KSFR-FM Host/Producer MK Mendoza to discuss NMOST's response efforts in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.To listen to the intreview, go here

Afterschool Programs Feed Youth - Albuquerque Journal - March 15, 2020
Guest column on the role of afterschool programs co-authored by NMOST Program Coordinator Kaski Suzuki, NMOST Executive Director May Sagbakken, and Daniel Valverde, Director of Community Outreach for NM Appleseed.

Just a Note NM Podcast - Advancing Young Women in STEM with Makayla Gates - September 2, 2019
Former NMOST Leadership Council member Linda Sepulveda interviews 2019 NMOST Advancing Young Women in STEM Scholarship recipient Makayla Gates in one of her recent podcasts. Link

Melinda Franco chosen as one of fifteen 'Afterschool Ambassadors' in the country

Melinda Franco, Director of the Lovington Youth Center and member of the NMOST Leadership Council, has been selected by the Afterschool Alliance as one of fifteen "Afterschool Ambassadors" for 2019-2020. She will work in New Mexico and nationally to increase access to afterschool programs. Press Release

Guest Column on Fighting Childhood Hunger in OST

The Albuquerque Journal published this NMOST guest column on meals in out-of-school time as a means to address childhood hunger in New Mexico on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

National Geographic Explorer Classroom

Run Time: 45:25 minutes

With generous support from the C. S. Mott Foundation, NMOST was able to arrange for Marie Reyes' South Valley Academy (SVA) 8th grade OST STEM program to participate in a live broadcast with the National Geographic Explorer Classroom program. Joe Cutler, an Ichthyologist studying fish in the rivers and lakes of Gabon and Mongolia, presented pictures, videos, and stories of his adventures and work mapping, collecting, and investigating fish populations to improve conservation efforts in different parts of the world. The SVA group had the opportunity to ask Joe questions and receive answers in real time. 

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Lights On Afterschool Day Proclamation
Governor Martinez has issued a proclamation declaring October 25th to be “Lights On Afterschool Day” in New Mexico.  PDF
"Whereas, the New Mexico Out-of-School Time Network has provided significant leadership in the area of community involvement in the education and wellbeing of our youth and are committed to the principle that quality afterschool programs are key to helping our children become successful adults..."

Lovington Youth Center STEAM Lab Ribbon Cutting
The Lovington Youth Center held a ribbon cutting event to commemorate the opening of its brand new Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) lab. Melinda Medellin, Lovington Youth Center Director, is on the NMOST Leadership Council. With funding from the JF Maddox Foundation, support from the city, and the talents of Melinda's young staff, the lab is now ready to provide an opportunity for the children and youth of Lovington to gain hands on experience with programming, 3D printing, digital photography and filmography, and much more. Jeff McConaughy, NMOST STEM Coordinator, attended the ribbon cutting and gave a brief speech during the ceremony. A reporter from the Hobbs Daily News-Sun was also on hand to pen the article below in the local paper (I haven't been able to find an online version, so I'm afraid an image will have to do.)

Albuquerque Cracks Livability's Top 10 Cities for STEM Workers List
OK, it's not, strictly speaking, NMOST news, but it's still a big deal that Albuquerque is getting recognition for being a great place for STEM and the people who work in STEM-related fields.  Albuquerque comes in at #4 on the list.

Inspiring New Mexico's Youth STEMbassador Program
NMOST is proud to share the Afterschool Alliance guest blog authored by Julie Hernandez, NMOST STEM Vista, on Youth STEMbassadors and what is needed to support young women pursuing a STEM career. Thank you for sharing your story and insights, Julie!  You are paving the way!

STEM Dilemma: Can't be it if you don't see it
Guest opinion column in the Albuquerque Journal from Joe Hastings, Executive Director of Explora Science Center and Children's Museum and Jeff McConaughy, NMOST STEM Coordinator about the importance of STEM in out-of-school time to inspire and connect young minds with STEM learning and STEM careers paths.

National Attention for NMOST's Mapping Efforts:
The Afterschool Alliance has published an "Afterschool Snack" blog entry about NMOST's mapping project.

"All children and youth deserve access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs that prepare them for school, college, careers, and life. While many students across the country are receiving valuable support from these programs, we know that the need for this type of programming far exceeds its availability...."

White-Riley-Peterson Fellowship:
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

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