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The Kansas Enrichment Network is dedicated to ensuring that all Kansas children and youth have access to safe, affordable and high-quality afterschool and expanded learning programs. Out-of-school programs offer an opportunity to engage youth and help them learn, grow, and prepare for the future.
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The Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas was one of 30 recipients of a competitive grant open to AZA accredited zoos across the nation. The Disney Worldwide Conservation fund made $200,000 available to the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) for distribution through this grant. Awarded zoos and aquariums will use these funds to establish or strengthen existing opportunities for families to engage with nature in a less structured and playful way. Disney, C&NN and the AZA have committed to, “building lifelong conservation values in our nation’s youth through connecting children and families to nature.” C&NN’s Family Nature Club movement encourages families to participate in natural free play. The network’s passion for free play in an outdoor setting stems from research that shows these experiences to be fundamental in connecting youth to the natural world. In addition to funding, the C&NN will provide grantees with logistical and creative support and partnerships with existing Family Nature Clubs.Read More
The 2014 All Staff Conference was held on August 4th and 5th in Topeka, Kansas. With public schools back in session this week, the conference provided a wonderful opportunity for new staff to engage in professional development and networking with Boys and Girls Club leadership. The conference began with a motivational talk with Leslie Peters, leader of the Boys and Girls Club, Jefferson County with a regional position at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Peters challenged the staff members to step out of their comfort zone and overcome their challenges and fears. He spoke about the difference between those who show up to work because they have to and those that strive for greatness in their positions.Read More