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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!
Sexual Harassment in STEM Fields
NMOST Executive Director May Sagbakken is quoted and the NMOST web site and Advancing Young Women in STEM scholarships are featured in a local news story and video on KOB TV about sexual harassment in the STEM fields and the need to move beyond legal compliance to a true culture shift.
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.
Summer Learning Loss in New Mexico
NMOST Executive Director May Sagbakken and the NMOST web site are featured in a local news story and video on KOB TV about Summer Learning Loss in the state.
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...."
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.
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!