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This toolkit provides programs with an overview on the importance of youth voice, along with tools and examples. The key takeaways are to meet youth where they are, train adults to exist in youth spaces and youth to exist in adult spaces, and let youth take the lead. It also has a section with many resources on culturally responsive voice. Grantmakers in Education featured this resource and examples in this one-hour webinar, Youth Voice Initiative Share-Out and Discussion, found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZnHO1t6fDE
This brief highlights the benefits of participation in 21st CCLCs based on their statewide evaluations. Benefits include: promoting academic growth; keeping kids connected and building relationships; engaging, inspiring, and motivating students; and preparing youth for life after high school.
This issue brief, published by Temescal Associates and How Kids Learn Foundation, explores youth civic engagement and activism through its history, the benefits, and why youth participate. It includes a discussion of challenges, barriers, and recommendations along with examples. There are also interviews with youth and researchers, and a robust list of resources. A companion webinar can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTb9y__cGhk. This resource supports equity.
This issue brief summarizes how afterschool and summer programs can support positive outcomes like relationships and relationship skills, sense of agency, and identify development. It includes links to research. It also poses questions on how we can make sure programs are ready to support recovery and reengagement by understanding what families need, how to tap partnerships, how to support adult educators, and how to balance academics and enrichment. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
These 26 social-emotional check-in activities are designed for K-12 students and can be especially helpful in keeping the focus on relationships and social-emotional learning during COVID, when youth need to feel supported and build skills to cope, heal, and thrive. These activities are designed for in-person programs. Once you enter your email address you can download the curriculum. A companion piece for distance learning can be found at: https://girlsleadership.org/professional-development-training/free-social-emotional-check-ins-for-distance-learning/ This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
This newly updated and expanded report provides a framework for understanding social and emotional learning (SEL). It can be used as a reference to compare the content and evidence of effectiveness of 33 SEL programs for elementary-age and preschool-age children. In addition to program profiles, it includes chapters on out-of-school time, achieving equitable SEL, and trauma-sensitive approaches to SEL. A companion guide offers tips on how to efficiently use the report. A companion webinar can be found here. The companion report for middle and high schoolers can be found at https://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/Documents/navigating-social-and-emotional-learning-from-the-inside-out-middle-high-school.pdf
This resource supports resilience.
Online learning environments, like physical learning environments, provide opportunities for youth to learn, grow, and practice skills. In virtual learning spaces, educators must still plan program goals and a sequence of learning experiences, employ experiential education, build relationships, and promote positive youth development. This tip sheet offers best practices and examples of activities for teaching online during Out-of-School Time. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
This webinar series explores the importance of trauma-informed and healing-centered approaches in out-of-school time settings and the role they can play in helping youth manage and recover from trauma.
- The first webinar reviews what we know from research about the effects of adversity on brain development: http://afterschoolalliance.org/webinars.cfm?ID=1AE7CDD1-5056-A82E-7AAA133082226F15
- The second webinar provides practical strategies for creating healing-centered environments: http://afterschoolalliance.org/webinars.cfm?ID=BEB07B47-5056-A82E-7AE6BEB1EFD33724
- The third webinar looks at how we can leverage local, state, and federal policy to expand access to healing-centered programming: http://afterschoolalliance.org/webinars.cfm?ID=F96B093F-5056-A82E-7A9D9156A7D525E9
This resource supports the COVID-19 response.