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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!



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

There’s another free webinar on Tuesday, May 20, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern (11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pacific) on Engaging Families of Children with Disabilities.

Family engagement and disability experts, Debra Jennings, Director of the Center on Parent Information and Resources and Jane Sharp, out-of-school time (OST) consultant, will discuss strategies that programs are implementing to engage families of youth with disabilities and family resources available in each state.

This webinar will offer:

- Effective Strategies
- Useful Resources
- On-the-Ground Experiences
- Opportunity for Discussion

Register for this free webinar today.

[Ed. note: a recording of this webinar is available on YouTube.]

[The “Engaging Families of Children with Disabilities” webinar is hosted by Manhattan Strategy Group for the Family Engagement Resource Providers (FERP) project. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Education under contract number ED-ESE-12-C-0070.]

 



November 6, 2013

It’s impressive what can happen when great minds come together! On October 10, 2013, about two dozen afterschool practitioners and leaders collaborated during the Y4Y Coffee Break webinar to share their ideas and co-develop a template for a family guidebook. The starting point was a Y4Y resource, the Creating a Family Guidebook tool. This tool guides programs in creating a guidebook to share with their students’ families.

The group worked with the Y4Y team, right there on the webinar screen, to customize this tool and develop a more complete outline for the final document. Now, the product of their hard work is available to everyone! Download the new Family Guidebook Template today from Y4Y’s Promising Practices Gallery and customize it further to fit the exact needs of your program. You can add, delete, and change anything you want in the template , then fill it in with your program policies, program characteristics, family involvement practices, etc.

If you missed the Coffee Break webinar and want to see how this template was created, check out the recording in the Webinar Archive to see the process in action. 



October 7, 2013

Don’t miss our next Coffee Break webinar, Creating a Family Guidebook with Y4Y, on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Learn how a family guidebook can be used to promote and support ongoing family involvement for your afterschool program, while interacting with Y4Y team members and your afterschool colleagues from across the country. Explore sample guidebooks and begin creating your own custom guidebook during the webinar using the resources on Y4Y.

Registration is free!

As with all of our Coffee Break webinars there will be plenty of time for Q&A with the Y4Y team so bring your questions, bring your coffee, and join us on October 10.

Register today!