February 8, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education, in close partnership with the Office of National Drug Control Policy at the White House, is proud to announce the addition of brand new content to the Y4Y Portal addressing Drug and Alcohol Prevention among our youth.

You’ll find the new Drug and Alcohol Prevention content integrated into Y4Y’s existing content modules where it is most applicable to your program staff’s professional development needs. You’ll find new pages and new examples to help you apply these valuable concepts in each of the following modules: Family Involvement, STEM, Project-Based Learning, and Strengthening Partnerships.

For quick access to an extensive list of Drug and Alcohol Prevention resources, click Tools on the menu bar and look for the Drug and Alcohol Prevention link in the right hand sidebar. All materials provided in the resource list and in the content modules are approved for your professional development needs by both the Office of National Drug Control Policy and by the U.S. Department of Education.

Finally, be sure to keep an eye on this newsletter for announcements about upcoming webinars on this subject. We’ll be speaking with some of the experts who helped compile and prepare the content, and they’ll be sharing practical strategies for how you and your staff can address this important and ongoing concern among our youth populations.


February 8, 2014

The Y4Y Team will be attending the Beyond School Hours XVII conference in Atlanta, Georgia, next week to conduct workshops on a variety of topics. When you’re at the conference be sure to look for us at these two breakout sessions:

Aligning 21st CCLC Programs to Common Core Using Y4Y Resources (Monique McDowell-Russell and Tania Lazar, with guest speaker Zelda Spence). The new Common Core State Standards present numerous opportunities to align 21st CCLC programs to school day learning. If your state has adopted the Common Core, then join us in this interactive workshop where we’ll explore the Standards with leading policy and program experts, and where participants will work together in hands-on activities to develop resources they can take back to their programs. Come explore strategies for embedding the Common Core in your engaging 21st CCLC activities. Thursday, February 13, 2014, 10:15-11:30 a.m. (Workshop 2) in room Embassy D.

Integrating Education Reform Efforts into 21st CCLC Programs with Y4Y (Monique McDowell-Russell and Sue Gerenstein). Many recent national education reforms and initiatives are designed to ensure that every child in the country receives an education that prepares him or her to achieve success in the innovation-based economy of the future, from STEM to college and career readiness. Join us in this hands-on workshop where we’ll explore these reforms with leading policy and program experts and learn how Y4Y can help. Participants will have the chance to dig deep, work together, and develop tools aligned with these reforms that they can put into practice with the students in their programs. Friday, February 14, 2014, 2:00-3:15 p.m. (Workshop 7) in room Embassy D.

After you check in at the conference, be sure to check the program materials for any possible last minute changes to the scheduling information provided above. For more information about Beyond School Hours, see www.beyondschoolhours.org.


February 8, 2014

Join us for our next quarterly Expert Webinar, Supporting Literacy with Y4Y, on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. (EST). Join us as we learn how out-of-school time programs can support comprehensive literacy efforts, discuss specific strategies for working with students who read below grade level, investigate how to support students’ language and literacy skills by involving families and building community partnerships, and develop ideas about integrating literacy into your program using the Y4Y portal.

Registration is free!

Your host will be Karen Tylek, Y4Y Project Specialist, and our special guests will be Cindy Rhoads, Regional Coordinator at the Division of Federal Programs in the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Sandy Strunk, Program Director for Development at Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 and Project Manager for Keystones to Opportunity.

Register today!