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November 30, 2012

Join You for Youth on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 1pm E.S.T. for a free one hour webinar where we will explore exciting ways to incorporate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in afterschool.

Hands-on, inquiry-based STEM activities can spark students’ energy, enthusiasm, and imagination, and are an important priority for the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program. Learn more about how the Y4Y portal can be used as an important resource to enhance STEM projects and activities in your program, and hear from experts who are providing innovative STEM opportunities to 21st CCLC grantees.

Our special guest speakers for this webinar will be: Dr. Sylvia Lyles, Director AITQ, U.S. Department of Education; Kim Larson, Director of Professional Development, Nebraska 21st Century Community Learning Centers; and Kristie Maher, Executive Director, South Dakota Discovery Center.

The webinar is free, but registration is required.

Click here to view a recording of this webinar event.


November 30, 2012

Please join the U.S. Department of Education at the Beyond School Hours XVI conference in Jacksonville, Florida, on February 20-23, 2013. Dr. Sylvia E. Lyles will present on the Department’s current priorities and future trends in out-of-school time learning and professional development for 21st CCLC practitioners. Dr. Lyles will also conduct special invite-only meetings exclusively for 21st CCLC State Education Agency Coordinators (SEAs) and Center Directors.

For details regarding the Beyond School Hours conference please visit:


November 20, 2012

The Y4Y training team is always on the go! This fall, we’ve provided professional development and technical assistance in a number of states, including: Alabama, Colorado, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming. We’ve also provided web-based trainings for Alaska, Arkansas, and New York.

If we haven’t visited your state yet, we hope to do so very soon. Watch for an e-mail in the next couple of months soliciting Requests for Trainings as we prepare our calendar for Spring 2013. We enjoy helping our dedicated 21st CCLC professionals to make the most of the Y4Y web portal, but more importantly, we enjoy meeting you, sharing ideas, and learning about the great things you’re doing in all your afterschool programs!


November 20, 2012

In the Incorporating Academic Content in Afterschool Training-to-Go we explore how to design afterschool programming and activities that are engaging and interactive while also incorporating school day content. This hour-long customizable professional development training includes a PowerPoint, handouts, activities and training guides.

To learn more, click here.


November 20, 2012

The Y4Y site can help you shape ideas to complement school-day learning standards in your program. Work from the suggested program activities, then find ways to connect to standards. Make sure you're logged in before you start, then when you're done save your work to "My Notebook" and everything you've entered will be saved to your profile so you can download it and print it for later reference.

To access this page and to view related materials about advantages and approaches to aligning with the school day, click here.