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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Resources from ASCA and More ...

Helping Children Succeed: The National PTA has developed a poster and brochure titled "100 Ways to Help your Child and School Succeed." Available in English and Spanish, the poster and brochure lists tips for parents in categories such as communicating, parenting, student learning, volunteering, partnering with the school and collaborating with the community. NPTA has offered ASCA a limited number of posters/brochures to distribute to members. If you would like a poster or five copies of the brochure, contact Stephanie Wicks at ASCA with your request. The materials will be available on a first-com, first-served basis until Feb. 28.

Grants Support Maximizing Protective Factors Against Youth Violence: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is soliciting investigator-initiated researchers to conduct secondary analyses of existing data to identify potentially modifiable protective factors against youth violence. The research will inform the development of youth violence prevention programs and policies by identifying promising protective factors that reduce the likelihood of violence in the lives of young people. Approximately $400,000 is expected to be available. The application deadline is February 28, 2007. More info.

A Lion in the House Community Service Grants: Complementing the highly acclaimed film by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, these $300 grants from Youth Service America are designed for youth (ages 12-25) and youth-serving organizations (schools, youth groups, clubs, etc.) to design service projects addressing pediatric cancer. Projects should be youth-led and take place as part of National and Global Youth Service Day, April 20-22, 2007. More info.

Guide to Computing Careers Available: The Association for Computing Machinery has produced a guide to prepare students for careers in computing, one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economy. The brochure, "Computing Degrees & Careers,” details what computer professionals do and describes the growing range of career opportunities available and identifies the major areas of study open to those with an interest in this expanding field. The accompanying Web site provides additional details about computing disciplines and major fields of study, as well as the “Top 10 Reasons to Major in Computing,” and “Skills You’ll Learn If You Study Computing.” The PDF brochure is available from the ACM Web site.

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