December 14, 2014

We’re excited to introduce Y4Y’s Training and Technical Assistance Team! Some of you may have met our team members at Y4Y trainings and conference presentations for 21st CCLC programs. We look forward to getting to know you better as we support your work in 2015. Here are a few tidbits about us.

Jessica Chung, Lead Training Specialist
Jess has designed and delivered professional development for educators from higher education to out-of-school time learning environments. She also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA and VISTA Leader in Michigan and New Jersey, respectively. Jess earned her master’s in Educational Administration from the University of Michigan.

Monique McDowell-Russell, Lead Education Specialist
Monique has extensive experience managing, directing, and providing oversight for elementary, secondary, and adult education programs. She also taught courses in public administration as an adjunct professor in New York City. Monique earned her master’s in Administration from Audrey Cohen College.

Tania Lazar, Training Specialist
Tania has provided high-quality training and technical assistance to thousands of out-of-school time professionals, drawing on her experiences as a Program Officer with New Jersey After 3, a fifth-grade teacher, and an AmeriCorps member for a Family Friendly Center/America's Read program. Tania earned her master’s in Teaching from Monmouth University.

Judy Ha, Education Specialist
Judy has been an educator and program administrator for a plethora of projects, including curriculum development in youth leadership and social justice and fundraising for nonprofit community organizations. Before joining Y4Y, she taught middle school English as a second language and social studies in the Philadelphia area and was Assistant Director of Asian Americans United. Judy earned her master’s in Multicultural Education from Eastern University.


September 8, 2014

Back to school is a very exciting time of year for everybody. It’s a chance to get back to basics while also getting a fresh start and a chance to meet new people and learn new things. In that spirit, we here at Y4Y are very excited to announce the release of brand new content on Y4Y, which was rolled out over Labor Day weekend just in time for back to school!

First up is the new Literacy content module. It includes a full Learn section (Introduction, Implementation Strategies, and Coaching My Staff), a Teach section (Trainings to Go and Training Starters), Tools, and a Glossary. In total there are over 60 new pages of content including 9 new videos and over 100 tools and resources.

Next is the whole-site content refresh! That’s right -- each of the other five modules has been enhanced and updated with new content, new and revised pages, new or updated tools, and new external web resources. The refresh incorporates new materials to keep the existing modules relevant and up to date, while reorganizing the information slightly for improved consistency across the entire portal.

All of the new and refreshed content was designed with busy afterschool professionals like you in mind, so you’ll find it just as accessible, just as useful, and just as time saving as you’ve come to expect from Y4Y.


September 8, 2014

The new Literacy module was designed with the needs of your program’s youth foremost in mind. It helps you explore how crucial literacy is to learning and suggests how you can incorporate literacy activities into your programs in ways you may not have considered before. 

For example, after you learn about the Five Components of Reading and about the Six Developmental Stages of Reading in the Introduction to Literacy, you can choose from a variety of tools to put these ideas into practice.

One such tool is the BDA Lesson Planner, which will assist you in the fifth component of reading, Comprehension. The lesson planner guides you through the steps necessary to help your students think about what they are about to read “before” they start, to read actively “during” the exercise, and to summarize and synthesize what they read “after” they finish.  BDA – Before, During, After.

In addition to the lesson planner you’ll also find a BDA Training Starter, and even a completed Sample BDA Lesson to help you create your own. Take a look at the new Literacy module today and see what ideas you can find to help support and enhance the literacy skills of the youth in your programs.


September 8, 2014

Please join us on Tuesday, September 9, at 1:00 p.m. (ET)/10:00 a.m. (PT) for a coffee break webinar focusing exclusively on the New Literacy Content on Y4Y. Your hosts will be Karen Tylek, Y4Y Project Specialist, and Jessica Chung, Y4Y Content Specialist.
We’ll learn about all the new Literacy resources available on Y4Y, discuss ideas for integrating Literacy activities into your program, and share strategies for working with staff, students, and families.

All webinars are free so register today !


August 21, 2014

One of the things we love most about the Y4Y portal is how it’s always growing and expanding to adapt to users’ needs. Every single month there are new blog articles to read, new webinar recordings to watch, and new Discussion Board posts that you can peruse and share with your colleagues. It’s a “virtually” (get it?) never-ending stream of information about 21st CCLC programs!

While it’s true that new materials are posted every month, what’s even better is that periodically we get to add major new sections of content that dramatically expand the scope of the Y4Y portal. Most recently it was the new Drug and Alcohol Prevention resources, and before that it was the new Civic Learning and Engagement materials in the Project-Based Learning module.

Now we’re very excited to announce that in fall 2014 we’ll be launching a brand new content module devoted entirely to Literacy. It will have the same look and feel of existing modules. There will be a complete Introduction to Literacy featuring dynamic videos and interactive features, Implementation Strategies to help you put the ideas into practice in your program, and helpful information about Coaching Your Staff in your particular Literacy efforts. Of course, there will also be Trainings to Go, Training Starters, and dozens of new Tools – all fully customizable to your program’s needs!

The new Literacy module will cover the Five Components of Reading, the Six Developmental Stages of Reading, and many other literacy-related topics like writing and comprehension that impact not only youth but also their families as they learn and grow in today’s competitive world and global economy.

Watch your in-box for more details and a special announcement regarding the release of the new Literacy Module on Y4Y!