July 13, 2014

The Y4Y team recently visited South Dakota and met with practitioners around a variety of topics. During a discussion of Civic Learning and Engagement, participants discussed ideas to engage students as active members of the community and help students develop entrepreneurial skills.   This led to a discussion of healthy eating programs.  One participant—Christopher—shared resources that help teach students business skills through gardening and farming. You’ll find links to the program examples that were shared at the bottom of this article. Thank you to Christopher and to all of our participants from South Dakota for sharing with us and with one another!

http://spencefarmfoundation.org/field-days/seeding-the-next-generation-of-farmers/

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/smallfarm/links.html

 


June 17, 2014

As the days grow warmer and your program transitions from school year to summer time activities, sometimes it can be a challenge to keep your students focused and engaged. Why not take advantage of all those distractions and build some activities around them?

Would they rather be outside having a picnic? Okay, think of all the great places that could lead to…

> Investigating the beneficial aspects of “picnic pests” like mosquitos, bees, and ants
> Exploring the fundamental benefits and dangers in sunshine
Learning the science behind making ice cream

This is just a small list of suggestions, but they demonstrate how easy it is to get started down the path to some fun and educational activities.

What are your students distracted by? Once you know that, you can develop some good driving questions that are relevant to their interests. Then you develop activities around those interests and that’s where the fun – and the learning – begins!

You can find more summer time tips and tools on Y4Y related to both STEM and Project-Based Learning. And don’t forget to share your ideas in the Discussion Boards! That’s a great place to ask your colleagues for suggestions or to share your stories after your projects are complete.

 


June 17, 2014

Join us on Tuesday, July 15, at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)/10:00 a.m. (Pacific) for an expert webinar on Program Evaluation with Y4Y. Our guest speakers will be Angela Hernandez-Marshall, Team Leader, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, U.S. Department of Education; Dr. Lisa St. Clair, Assistant Professor at the Munroe Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center; and Jane Sharp, an Evaluation Consultant at Sharp Ideas, LLC. Your host for this event will be Monique McDowell-Russell, Y4Y Training Specialist.

All Y4Y webinars are free so mark your calendars and register today!

 

 


June 17, 2014

Miss any of our great webinars recently? Don’t worry, Y4Y is designed with the busy afterschool professional in mind! We know there are only so many hours in the day, that’s why we record all of our webinars so you can access them on demand.

You can find them all in the Y4Y Webinar Archive. You can also catch up on all the great webinars produced by the Family Engagement team over the past few months by accessing their YouTube Channel.

 

 


May 12, 2014

Join us for our next Coffee Break webinar on Tuesday, May 20, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern (10:00-11:00 a.m. Pacific) on Drug and Alcohol Prevention with Y4Y.

Learn more about the new Drug and Alcohol Prevention resources that are now available on Y4Y, gain ideas for integrating Drug and Alcohol Prevention activities into your program, and discuss real world strategies for working with staff, students, and families on this important subject.

Your host for the webinar will be Monique McDowell-Russell, Y4Y Training Specialist. As with all of our Coffee Break webinars there will be plenty of time for interaction with your colleagues and Q&A with the Y4Y team, so bring your questions, bring your coffee, and join the conversation on May 20.

All Y4Y webinars are free so register today!

[Ed. note: a recording of this webinar is available in the Y4Y Webinar Archive.]