Breakfast Club Blog

The BOOST Breakfast Club Blog is a curated space where bloggers from around the world contribute content on a continual basis about a variety of topics relevant to in and out-of-school time. The BOOST Breakfast Club blog is at the heart of an ongoing dialogue where expanded learning and education professionals share their personal thoughts and stories from the in and out-of-school time field. They also tell us what they ate for breakfast!

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Holiday Time!

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”  Each time I hear that Christmas song, I wonder, “Is it really?” Nearly half of Americans sometimes or always feel alone. For some of us, the holiday season is a bittersweet mix of joy and grief. Maybe life didn’t go the way we expected because of disappointment, death, or divorce. I walked through a heart-wrenching divorce, and the effects of that split are felt by me and my kids every holiday. They share their time between me and their dad. For days,...Read More

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Rachel Bryant

As we approach the holiday season, we are reminded of how much we value and appreciate our TEAMBOOST partners. So to say THANK YOU to our incredible community we will be spotlighting our BOOST Bloggers, Ambassadors, and Leadership Team members weekly through the end of December. We are continuing our BOOST Gratitude Blog Series with 10 things you didn’t know about Rachel Bryant, BOOST Ambassador! Prior to working with youth, I was a lunch lady at a high school. It was there I discovered my...Read More

Are We There Yet?

This is the question I get from the backseat on nearly every drive with my five and seven-year-old daughters. This is also the question I’ve found myself asking over and over for the last 19+ months, as I’ve tried to hold it all together. My kids have needed me more than ever, to comfort and care for them through the added challenges of the pandemic. We are privileged to be able to shield them from the harshest effects of the pandemic. Yet, I’ve struggled to give them the time and patience that ...Read More

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Larissa Johnson

As we approach the holiday season, we are reminded of how much we value and appreciate our TEAMBOOST partners. So to say THANK YOU to our incredible community we will be spotlighting our BOOST Bloggers, Ambassadors, and Leadership Team members weekly through the end of December. We are continuing our BOOST Gratitude Blog Series with 10 things you didn’t know about Larissa Johnson, BOOST Breakfast Club Blogger! I have been a certified Aerobics Instructor since 1998 and started dancing as so...Read More

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jessica Ochoa

As we approach the holiday season, we are reminded of how much we value and appreciate our TEAMBOOST partners. So to say THANK YOU to our incredible community we will be spotlighting our BOOST Bloggers, Ambassadors, and Leadership Team members weekly through the end of December. We are continuing our BOOST Gratitude Blog Series with 10 things you didn’t know about Jessica Ochoa, BOOST Leadership Team Member since 2020. I truly enjoy reading. Two of my favorite books are Lean In and How Wom...Read More

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Suzanne Hill

As we approach the holiday season, we are reminded of how much we value and appreciate our TEAMBOOST partners. So to say THANK YOU to our incredible community we will be spotlighting our BOOST Bloggers, Ambassadors, and Leadership Team members weekly through the end of December. We are continuing our BOOST Gratitude Blog Series with 10 things you didn’t know about Suzanne Hill, BOOST Leadership Team Member since 2014. How did you get into the OST, expanded learning, or educational field? I...Read More

10 Things You Don’t Know About Kristen Gonzalez

As we approach the holiday season, we are reminded of how much we value and appreciate our TEAMBOOST partners. So to say THANK YOU to our incredible community we will be spotlighting our BOOST Bloggers, Ambassadors, and Leadership Team members weekly through the end of December. We are continuing our BOOST Gratitude Blog Series with 10 things you didn’t know about Kristen Gonzalez, BOOST Leadership Team Member since 2018. I was an Art History major when I started working in the Out-of-Scho...Read More

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Julia Gabor

As we approach the holiday season, we are reminded of how much we value and appreciate our TEAMBOOST partners. So to say THANK YOU to our incredible community we will be spotlighting our BOOST Bloggers, Ambassadors, and Leadership Team members weekly through the end of December.   We are continuing our BOOST Gratitude Blog Series with 10 things you didn’t know about Julia Gabor, BOOST Breakfast Club Blogger. I can cry and laugh within the same 15 seconds. I know how to ride English-st...Read More

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Brad Lupien

As we approach the holiday season, we are reminded of how much we value and appreciate our TEAMBOOST partners. So to say THANK YOU to our incredible community we will be spotlighting our BOOST Bloggers, Ambassadors, and Leadership Team members weekly through the end of December. We are continuing our BOOST Gratitude Blog Series with 10 things you didn’t know about Brad Lupien, BOOST Ambassador and Breakfast Club Blogger. How did you get into the OST, expanded learning, or educational field...Read More

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Becky Shultz

As we approach the holiday season, we are reminded of how much we value and appreciate our TEAMBOOST partners. So to say THANK YOU to our incredible community we will be spotlighting our BOOST Bloggers, Ambassadors, and Leadership Team members weekly through the end of December. We are kicking off our BOOST Gratitude Blog Series with 10 things you didn’t know about Becky Shultz, BOOST Leadership Team Member since 2010. I chose to work in After School to be able to help more students stay s...Read More

Managing Our Moves: Reflections on Phases of Discovery and Recommitment

On a hot day this summer I visited an outdoor swimming spot and after dangling my toes off the pier for a bit was inspired to challenge myself. It felt like decades since I last dove into the water headfirst, but as I curled my toes over the edge, extended my arms in front of me with one hand piled atop the other, the familiarity of that posture felt reassuring and exhilarating from the inside out.  A moment later my ears were tucked into upper arms upside down, and I spotted my feet suspended f...Read More

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Melissa Perez

As we approach the holiday season, we are reminded of how much we value and appreciate our TEAMBOOST partners. So to say THANK YOU to our incredible community we will be spotlighting our BOOST Bloggers, Ambassadors, and Leadership Team members weekly through the end of December. We are kicking off our BOOST Gratitude Blog Series with 10 things you didn’t know about Melissa Perez, BOOST Leadership Team Member since 2017. How did you get into the OST, expanded learning, or educational field?...Read More