This month Afterschool Alliance has not created a list of posts for February, but there are plenty of themes and information to choose from below.
Black History Month
February is Black History Month, which was created by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). This year’s theme is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. You can find a wealth of information and artwork on their website at www.asalh.org or you can follow them and share their posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Million Girls Moonshot
The Million Girls Moonshot seeks to re-imagine who can engineer, who can build, who can make. It will inspire and prepare the next generation of innovators by engaging one million more girls in STEM learning opportunities through afterschool and summer programs over the next 5 years.
Here you will find their social media materials for the month of February: the Media Assets and the Role Models and Mentors Asset Package. Both have great information to post on social media as well as information on upcoming free webinars.
America After 3PM
Since 2004, America After 3PM has provided an essential view into the state and circumstances of children and young people in the after-school hours. Last year’s study, America After 3PM 2020, includes responses from 30,000 U.S. families and builds upon the surveys conducted in 2004, 2009, and 2014.
The data has significant implications as the nation considers how to meet the needs of families and students today and in a post-pandemic world, and paints a stark picture of grave inequities in terms of which families can access and afford afterschool programs.
Here is the link to a set of evergreen social media material on AA3PM and the link to the Tennessee data needed to fill in the blanks.
Building Strong Brains Tennessee (BSBT)
BSBT seeks to increase the potential that every child born in our state has the opportunity to lead a healthy, productive life. They do that by raising public knowledge about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), impacting public policy to prevent ACEs, supporting innovative ways to precisely measure ACEs and toxic stress, and seeking sustainable state funding to eliminate ACEs and reduce their impact.
National Library Lovers’ Month
February is National Library Lover’s Month. If your program has a literacy focus or if you have a special relationship with a library as some afterschool programs do, this can be a great celebration for your organization.
It is a month-long celebration of school, public, and private libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone to recognize the value of libraries and to work to assure that the Nation’s libraries will always be there.
For more information about this or other library-related special observances, follow these links: