March 8, 2013

The Y4Y web portal is now sporting a brand new design that is fully compatible with your mobile devices, making it easier to use and more accessible than ever.

The new design was launched on February 20 during the Beyond School Hours XVI conference in Jacksonville, Florida. Conference attendees were treated to a keynote address giving them a tour of the changes, after which they had the opportunity to stop by a Digital Lounge where they could test drive the portal and ask questions of some Y4Y experts on hand.

Now that the new design is launched, everyone has the opportunity to explore the new Y4Y and get reacquainted with everything it has to offer. Here’s a quick and easy guide to help you as you explore the portal on your own.

 


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.