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August E-Newsletter

Summer School Ends, New Year Begins


Wonderful opportunities are lining up for A Step Beyond's (ASB's) third year of serving North County San Diego's youth.  ASB is expanding our partnerships, introducing new learning opportunities and preparing for our next cohort of students.  This year opens up more opportunities for the community to get involved.  Join us in our goal to stop the cycle of poverty by helping children from low-income families achieve academic and artistic success, enabling them to reach for a future of their choice.  
Summer STEAM Success: Over 50 students participated in ASB's Summer STEAM Program.  Students participated in a meditation opening, project-based literacy and math learning, visual arts integration and a creative dance class focused on nature-based sensory development.  Attendance was outstanding and students were sad to see the program end.
ASB 2016 Annual Auditions: Last year 160 families lined up for A Step Beyond's Annual Dance Audition. This year we expect even more in attendance. On Saturday, October 15th ASB will accept another class of approximately 40 third and fourth grade students into our dance-based youth development program.  Families must show financial need to qualify.  At this point, ASB will be serving over 100 students with a ten year commitment to provide daily dance, academic and family services.
Fall Into Dance: Beginning in October, A Step Beyond will provide free dance weeks to third and fourth graders in six San Marcos and Escondido schools. This year, dance instruction will be provided by Faith Jensen-Ismay and MOJALET Dance Collective.  MOJALET Dance Collective has a 25-year history of providing quality dance education throughout San Diego. 

Your company can be responsible for bringing dance to schools.  Consider being a program sponsor of Fall Into Dance!  Contact Frank Foster for more information.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Tutoring Lab:  Our new tutoring lab opens this coming year with access to resources, computers and one-on-one tutoring for students in need. Volunteer as an ASB Tutor and help our students achieve academic success. Contact Casey Flores for more information.
Audition Volunteers:  We need you! On October 15th between 8 AM and 3 PM we are looking for volunteers for check in, escorting parents and students and communicating with families. This is a perfect opportunity to get involved and join the ASB community. Contact Casey Flores for more information.

Newest Staff Member:  Join us in welcoming Casey Flores to A Step Beyond. Casey is a graduate from U.C. Berkeley with degrees in both Dance and Peace and Justice. We are thrilled to welcome her as our Administrative and Programs Assistant.

ASB Internships:  ASB is currently hosting interns in dance education, Expressive Arts Therapy and academics. If you are looking for a creative youth development internship, this could be the perfect opportunity for you. Contact Jennifer Oliver for more information.

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