NCASE Resource Library
This issue brief highlights the ways afterschool and summer learning programs help youth with workforce development. It includes five city examples of workforce development programs, including mentoring, apprenticeships, and job placement activities.
This issue brief identifies four things to keep in mind to support the five percent of children in our care who are--or will grow up to become--gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. It also provides a link to an online module about this topic and to other positive youth development modules by Better Kids Care. This resource supports resiliency.
This webinar explores the new social emotional learning items for the YPQA tool with a focus on creating a safe environment, emotion coaching, and empathy. It is designed for program directors and staff, providing numerous concrete examples about how to raise the bar on outstanding staff practices on supporting social-emotional learning.
This toolkit was developed as a companion to a three-hour training building social-emotional learning. It is intended to be used primarily with youth in middle school, though it can be adapted for other ages.
Research brief summarizes a study of the impact of a before-school physical activity program. This resource supports resiliency.
This issue brief explains the concepts of Positive Youth Development (PYD), Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and Youth Leadership (YL) and how they are related. Embedded in the document are ideas for best practices and additional resources.
This scorecard identifies state policies and guidance to support students social and emotional development (SEL). It provides links to the research and to state-by-state SEL competencies, websites, and resources.
This is an online toolkit for program leaders who want to start or improve an afterschool program. It includes 96 ready-to-use tools that include practical tips and Voices from the Field. For example, there are tools on hiring, conducting a needs assessment, logic model planning, and activity ideas like creating a warm and welcoming environment and homework help.
This updated toolkit provides hands-on activities that can be used with youth or adults to build social and emotional skills, including self and social awareness, self-management, resp
This journal article documents one OST director’s journey through the process of becoming credentialed. It explores fears and challenges and what she—and her program participants, families, and staff—ultimately gained from the process. This story can bring a personal experience to life for state system planners creating or supporting a school-age credential.