March 24, 2014

One of the most popular requests from our users has been to allow users to print Certificates of Completion upon finishing the Introduction material in the Learn section of each content module. Well, now you can!

How does it work? The most important step is to make sure you’re registered and logged in to the portal as you work through the Introduction. The portal already keeps track of what pages you’ve completed and which ones you haven’t when you’re logged in so you won’t lose any of your currently saved progress.

Once you’ve completed every page in an Introduction, you’ll be presented with seven questions designed to check your understanding of the material in the module. Get at least five correct and you’ll get a PDF Certificate of Completion that you can save, print, and share with your team. Best of all, you can log back in at any time and access all your earned Certificates from your user profile page.

 


March 24, 2014

Now it’s easier than ever to access all the great resources featured in the Learn More Libraries. As you may remember, there is a Learn More Library near the end of each content module topic area. Each Learn More Library contains links to other great web-based resources, videos, publications, lesson plans, and activities.

Now all you have to do to access these resources is go to the Tools page and look for the new sidebar widget. Click the link to the Learn More Library, then select which topic you’d like to explore. It’s that easy!

Check out these new features today and let us know what you think in the Suggestion Box. And keep those great ideas coming, because the 21st CCLC user community’s greatest source of new and innovative ideas … is you!

 


March 24, 2014

Last month we were proud to announce in this space the release of new content on the Y4Y portal pertaining to drug and alcohol prevention resources for your program staff. The Department of Education partnered with the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in the Executive Office of the President to guide the creation of this new content.

A vast amount of information is now available from the Tools page, including links to many excellent websites that contain information, definitions, statistics, trainings, and activities to help your staff learn about and address this sensitive subject with our youth. Just click the link in the sidebar to access the Drug and Alcohol Prevention resources.

For example, you can access the Above the Influence website where among many other things you can find a comprehensive list of almost two dozen substances that your youth may be encountering. Some of the substances on the list may have familiar sounding names, but others may be less well known to you: things like bath salts, GHB, and salvia, among others. Along with detailed descriptions of each substance, its risks and effects, you’ll also learn about the nicknames many drugs have.

 


March 24, 2014

SAVE THE DATE:  Please plan to join us on Tuesday, April 15, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) for an expert webinar on Drug and Alcohol Prevention with Y4Y. Our guest speakers will be David Mineta, Deputy Director of Demand Reduction in the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and Aaron White, Ph.D. of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and your host will be Monique McDowell-Russell.

Register today!

 


March 24, 2014

The Y4Y team recently worked with a wonderful group of 21st CCLC grantees in Hawaii who came together to share their insights and experiences around all of the content areas featured on Y4Y.  The discussions around Family Involvement were particularly robust, with participants brainstorming strategies of varying intensity, including ideas that they could implement immediately, over the next few months, and in the long term.  Short-term ideas included creating welcome posters, greeting caregivers daily, and hosting welcome tours for new families.  Strategies to incorporate over the next few months included hosting cultural storytelling nights, creating a community cookbook, hosting a game night, and beginning a family newsletter.  Programs’ long term goals for family involvement included hosting a health fair and coordinating a community resource fair to connect families to services in their neighborhoods.  Thank you to the Hawaii grantees for these great ideas!  What are your ideas for short term and long term family involvement?  Share your thoughts on the Discussion Boards!

The Y4Y team thanks all of the grantees that participated in this great discussion, and we invite you to continue it on the Discussion Boards.