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!

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer, or company. Enjoy the brain food.

The BOOST Breakfast Club Blog is Brain Food for In and Out-of-School Time Leaders!

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Meet Our 2022 BOOST Conference Presenting Organizations

The BOOST Conference is delighted to welcome the following organizations to the 2022 BOOST Conference, April 26-29 in Palm Springs, CA. We look forward to gathering with you all in person to connect, learn, and network with the BOOST Community. Online registration ends April 15th – register your team today! 2022 BOOST Conference Presenting Organizations !Mpact Players #iAmImpact 3Doodler After-School All-Stars Afterschool Alliance aha! Process Alliance for a Healthier Generation Alliance f...Read More

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Ana Danielson

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. Today, we are continuing our BOOST Gratitude Blog Series with 10 things you didn’t know about Ana Danielson, BOOST Ambassador since 2021! I love reading Latin American Literature in Spanish. Rosario Castellanos is one of...Read More

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Carlota Merino

We are continuing to spotlight our BOOST Bloggers, Ambassadors, and Leadership Team members weekly through the end of December to honor them for the amazing work they do in the field. Today, we are continuing our BOOST Gratitude Blog Series with 10 things you didn’t know about Carlota Merino, BOOST Leadership Team Member since 2020! As a child, I wanted to be a surgeon and through my years in college, I learned that I had a true passion for education. I was part of my after school program and at...Read More

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Eric Rowles

Throughout the holiday season, we are reminded of how much we value and appreciate our TEAMBOOST partners. We have been spotlighting our BOOST Bloggers, Ambassadors, and Leadership Team members this month to say THANK YOU for all of their incredible contributions to our community.   Today, we are commencing with our BOOST Gratitude Blog Series with 10 things you didn’t know about Eric Rowles, a BOOST Ambassador since 2019! How I started in the OST and expanded learning field – I am a ...Read More

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Tamara Fyke

We are continuing to spotlight our BOOST Bloggers, Ambassadors, and Leadership Team members weekly through the end of December to honor them for the amazing work they do in the field. Today, we are continuing our BOOST Gratitude Blog Series with 10 things you didn’t know about Tamara Fyke, BOOST Breakfast Club Blogger since 2019! I like to take long walks to destress. I like to binge-watch Swagger. I have a Yorkie named Ernie. I have run two half-marathons. Kids are my motivation. I’m a mo...Read More

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Nathan Houston

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 to share our BOOST Gratitude with 10 things you didn’t know about Nathan Houston, a wonderful BOOST Ambassador since 2018! I got into expanded learning as a youth by being a participant and then v...Read More

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Claudine James

We are continuing to spotlight our BOOST Bloggers, Ambassadors, and Leadership Team members weekly through the end of December to honor them for the amazing work they do in the field. Today, we are continuing our BOOST Gratitude Blog Series with 10 things you didn’t know about Claudine James, BOOST Ambassador since 2020! I have always wanted to be a teacher. At the age of six, I entered first grade already reading. The teacher assigned me a reading group, just like she had, and I was hooked from...Read More

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Daniel Hatcher

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 Daniel Hatcher, BOOST Breakfast Club blogger since 2014. My academic background is in public health, international relations, and geo...Read More

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Sonia Toledo

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 Dr. Sonia Toledo, a BOOST Ambassador and Breakfast Club Blogger since 2019! Here are some fun things to learn about her: I have a twi...Read More

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jeanette Cruz

We are continuing to spotlight our BOOST Bloggers, Ambassadors, and Leadership Team members weekly through the end of December to honor them for the amazing work they do in the field. Today, we are continuing our BOOST Gratitude Blog Series with 10 things you didn’t know about Jeanette Cruz, BOOST Leadership Team Member since 2020! Here are some fun things you may not know about Jeanette: I started in Expanded Learning working with the City of LA Parks & Recreation Department in 2004. ...Read More

Releasing the Giving Hangover

This post was originally published on December 21, 2017. It seemed like a good time to reflect on our giving habits and how we teach our youth to show up for their communities. It never failed. I would receive mountains of canned goods, dry goods, and cash from well-meaning donors before Christmas (always accompanied by copious amounts of cranberry jelly), but the season inevitably came: The Giving Hangover. Call it the Winter Blues, or the Post-Christmas Slump, or whatever, giving always droppe...Read More

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jessica Barajas

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 Barajas, BOOST Leadership Team Member since 2020. I was looking to help with my Jr High Color Guard and Marching Band 🙂...Read More