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July 22, 2013

In case you missed it, the U.S. Department of Education has officially unveiled an exciting new guide to Civic Learning and Engagement on the Y4Y portal! Civic learning and engagement affords students the opportunity to make a real difference in the world through collaborative projects that address real-life issues that concern them. Empower your students to be engaged members of their community, and to know that their opinions and ideas matter. Get started with a civic learning project now, and the youth in your program will be learning by doing, while gaining 21st Century skills and becoming good citizens.

You’ll find the new Civic Learning and Engagement content integrated into the Project-Based Learning module, because when it comes to hands-on learning one of the best examples is civic engagement. Come visit the Learn section of the Project-Based Learning module to see how your program can incorporate practical strategies that draw students into becoming more active and involved in their communities, all while gaining academic and 21st century skills.

Get staff on board with the new content by checking out the Trainings To Go and Training Starters related to Civic Learning and Engagement, and get started with Civic Learning and Engagement activities and projects using the specially designed planning and implementation documents in Tools.

Stay tuned for more guidance from the Y4Y team on this exciting topic! In the meantime, if you have any Civic Learning and Engagement examples or ideas you’d like to share, you can post them to the Discussion Boards.  



March 8, 2013

The Network section is “the place to be” for connecting with out-of-school time colleagues from across the United States. Here you can share your own best practices, concerns, and questions while learning from what others are doing in their programs.

Go ahead and try it out. Start by:

1) Catching up on some posts in the blog to see what’s new at Y4Y and read about featured resources on the portal.

2) Watching one of our quarterly webinars, which are archived here. You can also jot down the date for the next one.

3) Posting a question you about a current challenge in your program on the Discussion Boards. See what kind of feedback the Y4Y community has to offer you.

4) Showcasing something terrific your program has done in the Promising Practices Gallery. Post pictures, videos, lesson plans, and more so that your great thinking and planning can benefit young people beyond your own program.



February 22, 2013

For anyone new to a job, there is comfort in knowing that there is a support network in place – a source of ideas, inspiration, and opportunity. The Network section on Y4Y provides multiple avenues to learn from others in the 21st CCLC community, including Discussion Boards where they can post their questions and get feedback from across the country.

Anyone who registers for Y4Y can use the discussion boards to ask questions and offer answers. Try it out; have your new hires pick an area of expertise they are still mastering and ask them to post a question on the Discussion Boards. As responses come in, they will gain knowledge and confidence that will benefit your program’s youth, plus they will strengthen their connection to the 21st CCLC community at large.