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June 14, 2013

With such a busy year coming to a close, you may be looking back and wishing you had done more this year to engage partners. Looking ahead, you can plan for a robust partnership maintenance plan next school year. Signing a partner on board is just the beginning, and sustaining the relationship is critical to long-term success. You can start on this course by thinking through some possibilities for maintaining a good relationship with each of your partners. The Maintaining Partnerships tool on Y4Y provides some suggestions that you can personalize in a way that fits with your partners.

Then, take a look at this Coaching Moment on Y4Y, where these ideas and others are mapped out on a calendar and fleshed out with some details. As you start to set next year’s program calendar with field trips, staff development sessions, and family engagement events, you can also include the activities you’ll do to keep your partnerships strong and long-lasting.  



May 16, 2013

Y4Y knows that you’re busy planning for summer programs (and maybe even a vacation!) but it’s never too early to start thinking about the 2013-14 academic year. Now is an especially good time to plan for aligning next year’s program with school-day learning, since school administrators, teachers, and staff are still in the building and available to meet, plan, and reflect with you and your team.

As you consider how to connect with the school next year, try out the self-assessment in this Y4Y Coaching Moment. You’ll get a sense of what areas need improvement, and be pointed to specific resources on Y4Y that can help you work on those areas. Then you can take your new ideas to the main office and collaborate on some new plans for a new year.  



May 3, 2013

Summer programming is open to many opportunities that we may not have time to explore in afterschool time during the school year. Take advantage of summer’s flexibility and extended hours to expose youth to new experiences. Internships, field trips, gardening, long-term projects, and more can help bring learning to life in the summer.

These kinds of experiences are also perfect for helping youth build skills that prepare them to be successful in school and in life. Work with staff to deliberately plan how they can target these skills, such as organization, communication, and collaboration, during the summer.

Check out this Coaching Moment for some fundamental ideas.



January 16, 2013

Once you’ve assessed your staff’s needs and prepared content that will target those areas, you can ensure a successful training session by sharpening your training skills. Each Coaching Module contains a section called Build Staff Skills, where training tips from experienced trainers are highlighted.

The STEM module, for example, presents some general training tips like the ones on this page. It also offers suggestions for how to put some training principles into action through interactive features like the one on this page.

Review the tips in each Build Staff Skills section, then check your next professional development plan to see how many of these best practices you are implementing and which ones you might want to add.