December 9, 2013

It’s that time when it seems everyone is looking back over the past year and composing their Top Ten lists for 2013 – books, movies, songs, even best and worst dressed lists! Here at Y4Y we’d like to take this opportunity to look at the top ten most downloaded resources from our Tools section.

As you know the possibilities run the gamut from checklists to training starters, from diagrams to worksheets, and they could span any of our five major topic areas and beyond. So without further ado, here they are: Y4Y’s Top Ten Most Downloaded Tools of 2013!

1. Training Guide and Template 
2. Project Planner
3. Core Elements Diagram
4. 21st Century Skills in Action
5. Homework Contract
6. Homework Sharing Tool
7. Practitioner Tips 
8. Project-Based Learning Diagram
9. Alignment Strategies Worksheet
10. STEM Vocabulary Builder

If you see any of your favorites on there – congratulations, you helped them make the list! If you want to investigate any of them further just click on the links above or explore the Tools section on Y4Y, where you’ll find all these and more – over 150 total! If you need a helping hand finding anything, remember you can type a phrase into the Search field at the top of any page for quick and easy access.  


December 9, 2013

“There is no one way to work with a child with special needs,” said Manina Urgolo Huckvale, Ed.D., Associate Professor and Chair of the William Paterson University Department of Special Education and Counseling, during a Y4Y quarterly webinar last year. Dr. Huckvale and her colleague Jeanne D’Haem, Ph.D., offered strategies and advice for 21st Century Community Learning Centers and other afterschool programs who want to do more to serve their students with special needs.

Watch the webinar recording to learn more about meeting compliance requirements, see some examples and develop new ideas for adapting programming for students with special needs, and learn strategies to make sure that everyone, students and staff included, understands and celebrates students with special needs.

You can also download the PowerPoint slides to use in staff development on this important topic. You may also want to take a look at the other webinar recordings and materials in Y4Y’s Archived Webinars.  


December 9, 2013

Last month the Y4Y team had the opportunity to collaborate with 21st CCLC grantees from Maryland around promising practices for aligning programming with school day learning. Grantees brainstormed and shared their ideas for creatively embedding learning standards in their activities. Programs that already had an academic focus found strategies for boosting the development of 21st Century skills, including one STEM-focused program that turned students' love of talking into a public speaking exercise on the topic of college and career readiness.

Thanks to all of the programs that shared their ideas with us, and we encourage you to keep sharing with the Y4Y user community in the Discussion Boards!  


December 9, 2013

Join us for our next Coffee Break webinar, Training for CLE Projects with Y4Y, on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. (EST). Explore how Y4Y can help you train your team to effectively facilitate Civic Learning and Engagement (CLE) projects. This hands-on webinar will allow you to collaborate with your afterschool colleagues across the country as well as Y4Y team members as we design a CLE training using one of the Y4Y Training Starters.

Registration is free!

As with all of our Coffee Break webinars there will be plenty of time for Q&A with the Y4Y team so bring your questions, bring your coffee, wear your holiday sweaters, and join us on December 12.

Register today!  


December 9, 2013

The Y4Y Team will be attending the Beyond School Hours XVII conference in Atlanta, Georgia this coming February to conduct workshops and to present on a variety of topics. Don’t forget to register for the conference … and be sure to look for our breakout sessions in the schedule!

Watch upcoming issues of this newsletter for more information about our topics, our guest speakers, and exactly where you’ll be able to find us during the conference. For more information about Beyond School Hours, see