August 21, 2014

Join us in the fall for a coffee break webinar 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, gain ideas for integrating Literacy activities into your program, and discuss strategies for working with staff, students, and families.

Watch for more information, including a registration link, as soon as the new content is released!

 


August 21, 2014

Join us on Thursday, September 4, at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)/10:00 a.m. (Pacific) for an expert webinar on Guidance for New Programs on Y4Y. Our guest speakers will be Mary Ellen Earnhardt and Cathy Hay from Montana, and your host for this event will be Monique McDowell-Russell, Y4Y Training Specialist.

We’ll discuss ways to promote strong connections and communication with community and schools, ways to increase student and family involvement, subject matter and design of program activities, and the use of tools and resources on the Y4Y portal to implement program mission and objectives.

All Y4Y webinars are free so register today

 


August 21, 2014

The Y4Y team’s most recent trip was to Macon, Georgia, for a session on Family Involvement with some creative Georgia practitioners. When discussing family involvement ideas that programs could implement within the next 1-2 months, Jenny from Towns County, Georgia, shared the idea of a grocery store scavenger hunt that students could do with their families outside of program hours.

Here’s how it works: a staff member scopes out the local grocery store in advance, writes clues that incorporate items in the store, and then sends the scavenger hunt home with students. Students only have to identify the items in question – they do not have to purchase them. Depending on the program’s focus, staff can incorporate literacy, math, and even nutrition into the clues.

Thanks to Jenny and the rest of the Georgia 21st CCLC participants for sharing all of their great ideas!

 


July 13, 2014

You may not have noticed it with all the parades and picnics and fireworks, but a new version of Y4Y was rolled out for you over July Fourth weekend!

This upgrade was mainly to the backend infrastructure that powers the Y4Y portal.  What this means for you, the frontend user, is faster load times and a portal that’s generally quicker and easier to use.

One thing you’ll surely notice is the completely redesigned Discussion Boards. All your favorite topics are still there, and all previously existing conversation threads and uploads were successfully converted to the new format. The new design will make it easier for you to navigate and participate. Now you can also Subscribe to your favorite topics, so when someone posts something new on topic of interest you’ll automatically get an email letting you know. As always, if you want to do more than just read the posts, you have to be registered and signed in to participate in the Discussions!

The new site is also more secure than ever before, thanks to the addition of a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate similar to those found on your favorite e-commerce sites. You can never be too careful in this day and age, so a little added security will keep everyone’s information that much safer.

 


July 13, 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.

We’ll learn more about the overall purpose of program evaluation, understand how evaluation data can lead to continuous improvement and sustainability, learn how to put evaluation into practice in your program, and see some examples of how the Y4Y portal can support your evaluation efforts.

All Y4Y webinars are free so register today!