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This issue brief provides an overview of the prevalence of mental health issues for children and youth. It explores how schools are often the de facto mental health system for children; therefore, schools could be a first step for afterschool programs wanting partnerships for support on mental health needs.
This fact sheet provides information on how to support children who have experienced traumatic separation from a caregiver or other family member due to incarceration, military deployment, immigration, or termination of parental rights. It includes tips for professionals who are supporting these children. 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 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 toolkit offers an overview of the opioid problem and how OST programs and communities can respond. Part I includes an introduction to the opioid crisis, along with assessment and planning tools for designing a prevention initiative based on local needs.
This issue brief explores how strategies for increased support for expanded learning programs can help reduce the disparities in educational outcomes between student populations. It provides examples from California's efforts to use local funding to enable more lower-income students have access to enrichment opportunities in out-of-school time.
This issue brief explores how in-school educators, afterschool providers, families, and policy makers can work together to build social emotional skills youth need to succeed. The brief explores the policy context for social-emotional learning, how it is currently implemented in afterschool and school settings, and suggestions for how the two can partner on this issue.
This resource guide is designed to help community-based organizations (CBOs) understand and develop cultural competency—the ability to work effectively in cross-cultural situations. It offers a framework for understanding cultural competency, including sections such as: choosing interventions, conducting a needs assessment, workforce diversity, budgeting and costs for intervention.
This report highlights the importance of healthy, supportive relationships to positive youth outcomes.
This video on social-emotional learning (SEL) examines core capabilities known as executive function and self-regulation skills. It explores what these skills are, why they are important, how they develop, and how they are negatively affected by stress for children, adolescents, and adult caregivers. This resource supports resilience.