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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 video by novelist Chimamanda Adichie shares a powerful message that when we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. She shares examples of how a single story can paint an incomplete picture and can rob people of their humanity.
With an emphasis on equity and inclusion, this white paper outlines promising practices for engaging families in STEM as a means of increasing youth participation and retention in STEM pathways. Parents play a critical role in engaging youth in STEM activities and careers, especially for girls, youth of color, low-income youth, and youth with disabilities.
This website is designed to help navigate the complex field of Social and Emotional Learning to help schools and afterschool programs decide which skills to focus on and how to measure development of those skills. It includes a summary of SEL frameworks, its features, and the ages and settings in which framework is used. It also has a tab to compare two frameworks.
This brief presents a framework that broadens our understanding of how, when, and where youth learn. It recommends ways for how youth development organizations can build partnerships with schools, juvenile justice, foster care, and families to support growth and development.
This updated guide offers an introduction to youth development principles and practices to ensure that youth get the most of their Out-of-School Time (OST) experiences.
This issue brief identifies high impact strategies for actively co-creating opportunities for family engagement to support learning across the age continuum, both in school and during out-of-school time.
This toolkit summarizes best practice tools and strategies for fostering family engagement in Out-of-School Time (OST) programs. Developed by BOSTnet years ago based on a four-year initiative aimed at improving youth outcomes through family involvement, this classic tool is still relevant today.
Child Care Aware created this web-based school-age program checklist to help families select a high quality school-age program. It has questions on topics like health and safety, indoor and outdoor environment, caregiver-child interactions, staff qualifications, and parent partnerships. There is a link to print out the five-page checklist.