ION hosts monthly web workshops each year on a variety of topics related to out-of-school time. Check back frequently to learn more about the web workshops we have planned for this school year.

MAY '19


Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 10:00 am MST | 9:00 am PST

Presented by: Chris Camacho with Boise Parks and Rec and Dianna McAllister with the Idaho Out-of-School Network

Chris and Dianna will discuss steps to take in creating an out-of-school time program, including exploring the need for an out-of-school program, tackling funding solutions, and finding the most beneficial location for your program. To diversify after school opportunities for youth, we'll discuss the importance of partnerships. Lastly, your employees are vital to maintaining a healthy and engaging experience, and this session will cover employee training topics to empower your staff.

JUNE '19


Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 10:00 am MST | 9:00 am PST

Presented by: Rebecca Sprague, MPH - Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Suicide Prevention Program

The Idaho Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training addresses the following topics:

The suicidal mind and why people die by suicide; What is true and false about suicide; Idaho suicide statistics; Suicide warning signs; Getting those at risk to help; How to instill hope and increase protective factors; Helping survivors of suicide loss; The importance of safety and proper messaging; What communities can do to help

Past ION Webinars

Learn how the staff of the Meridian Library District used the model of community-led libraries to create programs and spaces that tweens themselves have ownership over and are invested in.

Learn about the importance of using movement in out-of-school programs as well as strategies to get kids moving using GoNoodle's free resources!

Rebekka Lee ScD, Research Scientist at Prevention Research Center, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health shares and overview of their OSNAP program and Food & fun Afterschool Curriculum.

Get an overview of the Zero Robotics Summer Middle School Program and information about the application process and requirements for programs.

Learn about the resources provided online by Idaho's State Department of Parks and Recreation as well as ways to get EVERY kid in a park this summer!

This webinar shares 40+ simple behavior management strategies that front line staff in out-of-school programs can use today!


Advocating for the in-beTween

Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 10:00 am MST | 9:00 am PST

Presented by: Skye Corey, Youth Services Librarian at the Meridian Library District

Tired of planning tween programs that fall flat? Ever wonder what on earth tweens are interested in, and what programs they will show up for? Look no further than the tweens themselves. Learn how the staff of the Meridian Library District used the model of community-led libraries to create programs and spaces that the tweens themselves have ownership over and are invested in. This webinar will focus specifically on the Tween Advisory Council - a group of tweens that functions as our catalyst, brainstorming center, and sounding board for tween programs and services. Participants will learn how to form such a council themselves, how to structure a year of activities for the council, and be equipped with practical hands-on tools like Tween Advisory Council application questions, advertising strategies, and more.

Skye Corey is passionate about giving all children a voice, and especially loves developing structures, programs, collections, and services that empower local youth to make a positive difference with and for their community. She completed her BA in English Literature at Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan in 2008, her Master of Arts from Regent College at the University of British Columbia in 2012, and her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario in 2014. She served on the Association for Library Service to Children's (ALSC) Notable Children's Book Committee from 2016-2018, and is currently co-chairing the ALSC Public Awareness Committee. She is extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to get the Treasure Valley Youth Services Network up and running (a network of Youth Services Library Staff who meet quarterly to strengthen library services for youth), and is always refreshed to hear about the exciting and innovative ways libraries are working with their communities to create strong, healthy futures for children. In her free time, you can find her playing outside with her energetic Border Collie, or lost in an exciting Middle Grade fiction novel.

Kari Wardle shares a plethora of free resources available to informal and formal educators through IPTV.

Chad Mann from Marathon Kids shares ways to incorporate out-of-school run clubs that can make the difference in the health and fitness of your youth.

Kirstin Mann from Serve Idaho shares how to apply for AmeriCorps funding through Serve Idaho.