April 11, 2014

Join us on Tuesday, April 15, at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)/10:00 a.m. (Pacific) 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.

We’ll review some of the latest information from ONDCP about drug and alcohol use among young people, discuss ways to decrease the risk of a variety of negative consequences, and learn how afterschool and Y4Y can be used to help shape youth opinions regarding some of the risks involved.

All Y4Y webinars are free so register today!


April 11, 2014

Here are a few handy tips to help make your Y4Y webinar experience easier so you can relax and concentrate on the presenters and the material.

1) Log in a few minutes early so you have time to download the Cisco WebEx Event Center app, which powers the webinar. If you don’t have Admin rights on your PC, choose to run the “Temporary” app when prompted. If you want to setup the Event Center app in advance, go to this link and click the “Setup” button: 

2) Make sure you join the “integrated voice conference” when prompted at log in. You don’t need a microphone to participate in the webinar, but you do need speakers and you need to join the conference in order to hear the presenters.

3) Make sure your computer speakers are plugged in and turned on, and be ready to adjust the volume if necessary (audio levels can sometimes change abruptly if we switch between presenters and streaming video).

4) If you have sound issues during the webinar, first check your speakers by going to the menu bar in the WebEx Event Center and selecting Communicate / Speaker Microphone Test.  Check the speaker dropdown list because you may have more than one sound driver in your system, and you won’t hear anything if you have the wrong one selected.  You can check to see if you’re connected to the integrated voice conference by selecting Communicate / Integrated Voice Conference / Join Conference.

5) Try to keep all other applications closed and refrain from surfing the Internet during the webinar. Close all apps, including email, leaving only the WebEx Event Center and the web browser you used to log into the event open.  Our webinars consist of shared PowerPoint slides, broadcast audio, and may include streaming video or additional documents. We try our best to make everything work on any connection and any hardware, but sometimes there are compatibility and bandwidth issues that are beyond our control.

If you need any other tech support related to a webinar, please use the chat box to send a private message during the event to the user listed as the “Y4Y Host.”

And remember that all webinars are recorded and within 48 hours they are posted on the portal in the Webinar Archive.


April 11, 2014

It’s hard to believe it, but we recently posted our 100th blog article. Time sure flies when you’re having fun with Y4Y! When you’re looking for information and resources for your program, don’t forget to check the blog.

For example, did you know that Y4Y has over a dozen articles devoted to summer activities and summer planning? To access these articles all you have to do is go to the blog and scroll down the “Categories” list in the left hand column and click the entry for “Summer” — or click this handy shortcut to check it out right now.

Y4Y is always growing, with new content and helpful information being added every single month. One way to keep on top of it all is to remember the search field in the toolbar. Your search will always span the entire Y4Y portal, including all the latest entries in the blog, the webinar archives, and anywhere helpful afterschool resources have been added.


April 11, 2014

The Y4Y team had the privilege of working with 21st CCLC grantees in South Carolina recently to share information and explore Project Based Learning, STEM, and Family Involvement — three of the modules currently found on the Y4Y Portal.

Participant discussions on Family Involvement focused on strategies to increase engagement and encourage greater family participation, such as:  Family Literacy Nights, Chamber of Commerce presentations, Parent Talk Groups on topics relevant to their needs, and Guidance Counselor moderated discussions.

Thank you, South Carolina, for these engaging ideas! What are your ideas for Family Involvement? Share your thoughts now on the Discussion Boards!