November 30, 2012

Myths about learning science, technology, engineering and math are common but can be addressed by having the facts ready to share. This information brief provides resources to help counter common myths about STEM education.


November 30, 2012

Speaking of technology, one of the biggest tech trends in recent years has been the proliferation of mobile computing devices. The number and variety of smartphones, tablets and other devices and the ways people use them to access the Internet is practically exploding. 

At Y4Y we’ve seen some surprising growth in mobile users recently. Mobile usage of the portal doubled from June to July last summer, and then doubled again from September to October. While Y4Y has always been accessible on any web enabled device, we saw an opportunity to optimize the user experience on both mobile devices as well as on laptops and desktops. 

Adapting to changes in the field and keeping current with our users’ needs is a top priority at Y4Y. That’s why we’re happy to announce the unveiling of a brand new design at Y4Y in early 2013. 

Our primary goal is to incorporate state of the art responsive web design standards into Y4Y so the site looks its best no matter what type of device you use to access it. We also took this opportunity to optimize the navigation and make all the wonderful resources on Y4Y even easier for you to find and use. Feedback from a large number of users, from our focus group members, and from the experts on our Technical Working Group informed our process and directed our efforts every step of the way. 

So keep your eye on Y4Y, because just after the New Year it’s going to have a whole new look – and it’s going to knock your socks off!


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!