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March 8, 2013

As you mouse over the Learn tab at the top of the Y4Y homepage, you’ll see the five current content modules pop up. There’s a separate Learn section for each one, and all are organized in the same way.

First, there’s an Introduction, which includes the background information and content that you were used to seeing in the Courses of the old Y4Y. This is a great place to start for anyone who is new to a topic or looking for a comprehensive summary about a topic. In the next part, Implementation, you’ll see the items that used to be part of the Coaching Modules. The examples and tips provided here allow you to apply what you learned in the Introduction and think more concretely about your own program, staff, and youth.

To work more closely with staff, the Coaching My Staff component gives you some content-specific training tips and materials. Finally, there’s a link to Tools, where you can find handouts to use for program planning and activities.

 



March 8, 2013

If you’re wondering how to help your team use Y4Y as a resource, take a look at what’s available under the Teach tab. Again, each content module has its own Teach section and – again – the organization is the same for each one. You’ll find a selection of Training Starters and Trainings To Go that you can download, customize, and use for staff development sessions. (You may remember that we discussed the differences between these two kinds of resources in an earlier blog post.)

From the Teach area, you can also access the Tools.

 



March 8, 2013

We keep mentioning this Tools section…So what is it? It’s where you can find all of the handouts, planning guides, and materials that help you implement the content you find on Y4Y.

Guess what? Each content module has its own Tools section. And, each content module follows the same organization for its tools, with everything categorized into Learn, Assess and Reflect, Plan and Implement, and Train.

And…you guessed it. You can also get to the Tools section from the navigation bar at the top.

 



March 8, 2013

The Network section is “the place to be” for connecting with out-of-school time colleagues from across the United States. Here you can share your own best practices, concerns, and questions while learning from what others are doing in their programs.

Go ahead and try it out. Start by:

1) Catching up on some posts in the blog to see what’s new at Y4Y and read about featured resources on the portal.

2) Watching one of our quarterly webinars, which are archived here. You can also jot down the date for the next one.

3) Posting a question you about a current challenge in your program on the Discussion Boards. See what kind of feedback the Y4Y community has to offer you.

4) Showcasing something terrific your program has done in the Promising Practices Gallery. Post pictures, videos, lesson plans, and more so that your great thinking and planning can benefit young people beyond your own program.

 



March 8, 2013

Mark your calendars now for the first in our new series of free Coffee Break webinars. The date is Friday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern) and the topic will be “Welcome to the New Y4Y!”

The concept behind the Coffee Break webinars is simple: there will be a brief presentation on a specific feature or resource on the Y4Y portal, followed by an extended Q&A session with the presenters. You can ask about anything you like, whether it’s related to the presentation topic or not.

It will be like having office hours with your college professor, or having your own personal Y4Y expert you can drop in on any time to ask anything you like.

So bring your questions, bring your curiosity, and don’t forget to bring your coffee!

You can register for this webinar for free at http://y4y.webex.com.