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You for Youth (Y4Y) is a virtual hub for Out-of-School Time (OST) providers. This website offers free professional development courses, tips on training staff, resources and tools for designing high-quality programs, and answers to questions.
This guide compares purpose, structure, content, and technical properties of assessment tools for out-of-school time programs.
This resource provides a review of tools that programs can use to measure youth outcomes. The outcomes selected include communication, relationships and collaboration, critical thinking and decision-making, initiative, and self-direction. The review includes cost and evidence of reliability and validity.
This collection of resources focuses on helping state administrators and program practitioners design and implement high-quality Out-of-School (OST) programs that support all students, including those with disabilities and special needs.
This issue brief offers an overview of risk factors and symptoms associated with opioid abuse and a list of interventions that can improve outcomes for children and teens affected by opioid exposure.
This article defines parent engagement and why it benefits children, families, and afterschool programs. It provides 15 examples of promising practices. Sample outreach materials and parent surveys are included. This resource supports resilience.
This executive summary reports on a three-year study of Youth Program Quality Improvement in 87 sites in four states that included quality assessment, improvement plans, coaching by managers, and staff training. The approach led to higher quality instructions across programs even where there was manager turnover, low staff education, and varying adult-youth ratios.
This article outlines the dual importance of building the capacity of educators and of families who have successful family engagement. There are links to other valuable resources.
This brochure provides information for families on how to select a school-age program for their children. It includes a description of what a high-quality program looks like, a list of resources for how to find high-quality programs, and a guide for visiting a program. There is a list of what questions to ask and what to look for during a site visit.