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The ARP ESSERIII Summer Supplemental Grant 2023

Arkansas State University (ASU) and its sponsored initiative, the Arkansas Out of School Network (AOSN), are pleased to announce the continuation of the joint effort to provide access to summer learning opportunities through the ARP ESSERIII Afterschool and Summer initiative. The funds will help students by reducing the learning loss that many students experience during the summer. The Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) selected ASU and the AOSN in 2021 to administer the grants totaling $25 million dollars over three years. 
The Summer Supplemental grant application is now open and will close on Friday,May 19, 2023, at 11:59 PM. ASU and the Arkansas Out of School Network will fund 30 organizations with a maximum award of $50,000 dollars. Awards notices will be sent by May 31, 2023. The summer awards will provide funding for high-quality summer learning activities, including literacy, STEM, academic support and skill building, health and wellness, enrichment, and workforce development. Follow the link below to access the 2023 ARP ESSERIII Summer Learning Grant criteria and application.


The ARP ESSER III Summer Supplemental grants will provide programming for students in grades K-12 and will prioritize new programs, clearing wait lists, and expansion programs in underserved areas.Eligible applicants include school districts or entities that partner with a school district, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, licensed youth development programs and other youth development programs, non-profit organizations, career and technical education programs, libraries, public and private institutions of higher learning, or other entities determined by AOSN and approved by the DESE.
Priority for funding will be given to programs in communities that serve the highest percentage of students who were disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and will address the academic impact of lost instructional time on student learning through evidence-based summer programs. For more information about the afterschool and summer learning initiative, contact Laveta Wills-Hale, AOSN Network Director, at (501)-660-1012 or

The Arkansas Out of School Network, administered by Arkansas State University, is one of the 50 State Afterschool Networks (SANs) working to promote an expansion of school-based and school-linked afterschool and summer programs serving children and youth ages 5-19.  AOSN’s mission is to create safe, healthy and enriching experiences for Arkansas youth during out of school times.


Forty-Three Youth Selected by STEM Next Opportunity Fund’s Million Girls Moonshot Initiative to Join the Youth-Led Flight Crew

Youth ambassador program gives afterschool leaders skills to advance the national conversation
about STEM learning 

STEM Next Opportunity Fund’s Million Girls Moonshot announced its second cohort of its Flight Crew - a youth ambassadors program that is advancing equity for girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The 2023 Flight Crew cohort includes 43 youth, ages 13-18, from 37 states across the nation.
From January to August, the Flight Crew will complete leadership development and public speaking training while simultaneously acting as youth ambassadors to share the value of their experiences in afterschool STEM. Skill building will include resume and interview coaching, connections with mentors and social media training to support these young people as they develop the critical social capital necessary on their STEM journeys.
The expanded 2023 Flight Crew was recently announced as a STEM Next commitment to the White House National Space Council’s priority to promote career awareness of space opportunities. The Flight Crew elevates youth voices to inspire more young people to become future STEM leaders. 
Having participated in stimulating, hands-on STEM experiences in afterschool and summer programs, members of the Flight Crew were selected to share their transformational testimonies to break down stereotypes and spark their peers' curiosity in STEM. These young leaders demonstrate the power of the Moonshot mission to reimagine who can build, invent and engineer by sharing their personal journeys with high-quality STEM beyond the classroom and by becoming role models who show other young women what is possible. 
Launched in 2020, the Million Girls Moonshot builds the capacity of the afterschool and summer fields to expand the pipeline of future STEM leaders by reimagining who can engineer, who can build and who can make. To achieve the ambitious goal of reaching one million girls by 2025, the Moonshot partners with the robust 50 State Afterschool Network to empower and support afterschool and summer STEM programs in every state across the country.


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