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Generation Z Forced To Grow Up During A Pandemic. See more national education news here

| March 24, 2020
Generation Z Forced To Grow Up During A Pandemic. See more national education news here

For Jalen Grimes, the virus pandemic is stirring up a slew of emotions. “Annoyed” is the first one the 13-year-old Chicagoan mentions. “Scared, confused, worried.”

She was supposed to be enjoying the end of her eighth-grade year, a rite of passage in states like Illinois, with a graduation and a school trip that are not likely to happen. That’s hard enough. But her father is also about to be deployed as a paramedic, a more dangerous than usual job in these times. Her mom, a therapist, also has been on call a lot and is prone to pneumonia. And then there are her grandparents.

“It’s a lot of fear with family members and stuff,” Jalen said. “I think a lot of us don’t think it will affect us, but it’s a worry.”

As this crisis unfolds, her generation likely will be tested like never before, especially those whose families are already on the edge, financially and health-wise.

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Connections Spotlight: Self-healing, -helping communities assisting students, families overcome coronavirus challenges

| March 24, 2020
Connections Spotlight: Self-healing,  -helping communities assisting students, families overcome coronavirus challenges

During times of crisis, people have an amazing ability to adapt, get over the shock and get to work to mitigate or solve the problem.

Such is the case with our current challenge, the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.

Stay-at-home orders, school closures and other issues have rapidly confronted everyone, from political leaders to emergency responders, parents and students.

And true to our nature, individuals and organizations are rapidly coming up with a variety of creative solutions to tackle such issues as feeding students who are unable to return to the classroom, and at-home and distance-learning options to continue the education of our youth.

Within this e-newsletter, our readers will find a variety of links to stories and resources to help us face the challenge of many of these issues and meet the mind, body and spirit needs of our community.

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — STEM Learning in the Time of COVID-19

| March 23, 2020
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — STEM Learning in the Time of COVID-19

COVID-19 is impacting most of our lives and livelihoods at this point, with Arizona public school closures and locals on lockdown. If you’re program remains open, be sure to follow these latest recommendations from Arizona Department of Health Services to keep everyone safe and visit the AzCASE COVID-19 Resources Page for more information. If your program is currently closed, here’s a few STEM learning resources to share with the families you serve to keep their brains stimulated at home:

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Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) — We Support You

| March 23, 2020
Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) — We Support You

With the continuing evolution of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, AzCAN believes protecting the transition from high school to postsecondary is more critical now than ever. AzCAN wants to ensure that all students have the resources they need to successfully graduate and enroll in postsecondary despite the statewide school closures.

We’re Offering Online College Access Professional Training

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First Things First — Supporting young children during uncertain times

| March 23, 2020
First Things First — Supporting young children during uncertain times

We know that young children are especially sensitive to situations causing stress in their environments and among their adult caregivers. Find helpful information and resources to help support young children emotionally as families face concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Expect More Arizona — Our work continues on behalf of Arizona students and families

| March 23, 2020
Expect More Arizona — Our work continues on behalf of Arizona students and families

We are focused on serving as a resource for our partners, families and local communities by providing timely and accurate information, tips and tools. In the short-term, we’ve compiled information on our blog for parents and caregivers about ways to talk with children during these difficult times, what’s happening with schools and colleges, where to access education and community resources, and more.

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Arizona Education Association (AEA) — March 17 — Legislative Update

| March 23, 2020
Arizona Education Association (AEA) — March 17 — Legislative  Update

Our students are at the forefront of thinking as we face the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Safety is our top priority. AEA continues to advocate fiercely for students’ and educators’ safety, health, and rights. That is why AEA called for Governor Ducey to close schools statewide.

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Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) — We’re here to help

| March 23, 2020
Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) — We’re here to help

The National College Attainment Network (NCAN) has also created a resource page where information, best practices, FAQs, policy updates, and other news about supporting students during the coronavirus outbreak can be found. NCAN will also be sharing updates from national organizations that work with students, like College Board and ACT, and other associations connected to students, such as NACAC and NASFAA.

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POSTPONED: 2020 Annual CCC&Y Prevention Conference

| March 23, 2020
POSTPONED: 2020 Annual CCC&Y Prevention Conference

The 2020 Annual CCC&Y Prevention Conference has been postponed due to the ongoing Coronavirus emergency. Our hearts and thoughts are with those who are currently being deeply disrupted during this time.  We know this change will be deeply supported by all of our partners and this challenge pales in comparison to what many are going through now. We are working on rescheduling the event to June, or in a few months depending on the status of the Coronavirus emergency. More details to come. 

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Afterschool for All Challenge, Flagstaff Workshop, and More!

| March 17, 2020
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Afterschool for All Challenge, Flagstaff Workshop, and More!

Afterschool for All Challenge, the annual meeting of afterschool advocates in Washington, D.C., is now a virtual event to minimize risk. The event is NOT cancelled because we won’t let the coronavirus mute the advocacy for our kids. This is still a vitally important chance to let Congress know how much afterschool matters.

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