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April 11, 2019

Did you know the last full week of each April is Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week? Of course, it’s never too early or too late to recognize 21st CCLC staff members for their efforts and contributions. There are all kinds of creative ways to say “You rock!” Use these tips to boost energy, confidence and morale year-round.

Be specific. It’s good to hear “Thanks for all you do.” It’s even better to hear “I’m so glad you agreed to mentor our newest staff member. Alyson has really grown professionally in the three months since she joined us, and she told me she’s very grateful for your support. You have a knack for encouraging people to grow.”

Take notice when staff members…

  • Learn a new skill.
  • Offer a new idea.
  • Solve a problem.
  • Do something for the first time.
  • Do something well, and consistently, over time.
  • Make a positive difference for a colleague, student, family or the community.

Whether you recognize someone in public or in private, verbally or in writing, use stories and examples. This shows you were paying attention, and it signals that their actions were memorable and noteworthy.

Find creative ways to say “thank you.”

  • Feature staff members’ good work in a newsletter, newspaper, website, blog, bulletin board or another public place.
  • Spotlight their contributions at a staff meeting or program event.
  • Treat the team to breakfast.
  • Surprise them (e.g., with an act of service, a treat or words of affirmation).
  • Provide an opportunity (e.g., to try something new, or to learn something new).
  • Share the mic (e.g., provide a forum for staff to hear directly from students, families, colleagues and others).  

Acknowledge individual and team accomplishments. Did a staff member earn a professional certificate, or wow the local school board with a presentation about your program? Recognize these accomplishments at your next staff meeting! Teamwork is equally important. When staff members team with colleagues, families, partners, school-day teachers or community members, cheer for their success, and acknowledge what they accomplish.

Don’t wait! Year-end awards are great, but people need encouragement along the way.

When you catch someone doing good work, let them know right away. As Leslie coaches students in slapstick comedy, or as Jim lets his students teach him some dance moves, maybe you can snap a photo and send it in a text message: “Those kids are having a great time, thanks to you!” Hint: Action shots are also great for bulletin boards and newsletters, which are ways to provide public recognition.



September 30, 2016

Y4Y Showcase Webinar: College and Career Readiness
Thursday, October 13 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET

How does college and career readiness fit with 21st CCLC programs? Learn more through this Showcase event highlighting You for Youth's new course, College and Career Readiness. During the Showcase you will discover resources and real life 21st CCLC program examples to help you design enriching activities, develop key partnerships and engage families in college and career readiness. Our guest expert, Jennifer Kobrin, Director of myPLACE & Digital Initiatives for the Mayor's Commission on Literacy in Philadelphia and former content specialist for the You for Youth website, will be joining the discussion. Jennifer will share her expertise on effective college and career readiness programming and building partnerships with families and communities.

Get Registered here!

 


Project-Based Learning
Wednesdays from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET
October 19 through November 9

Engaging students through exciting activities, aligning with school-day standards and training inexperienced staff can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, project-based learning can help you plan for success.

This free, four-part learning experience, featuring Y4Y Education Specialists Monique McDowell-Russell and Allyson Zalewski, combines online webinars and discussions with offline activities and explorations.

We encourage 21st CCLC program directors, site coordinators, academic liaisons and instructional directors to attend. Registrants will commit to attend all four webinars and to participate in online discussions and other activities. For participating in at least three of the four webinars, you can earn a certificate of participation to provide to your district, state or employing organization.

Don't miss this opportunity to build a strong instructional foundation for your program. 

Register Now!



September 19, 2016

What were your favorite books as a child? Did you stay up late imagining the fantastical worlds of A Wrinkle in Time or Bridge to Terabithia? Did you scare yourself silly courtesy of Stephen King or Edgar Allen Poe? Maybe you laughed your head off at The Cat in the Hat, or cried your eyes out at Where the Red Fern Grows.

Whatever books you loved, there’s a good chance your local libraries helped put them in your hands. Libraries make indispensable partners for educators because they provide support as children build literacy skills and develop a love of reading. We hope you’ll participate in the American Library Association’s Library Card Sign-up Month. Help children in your program find their local libraries, and encourage them and their families to get library cards today!

Libraries also support the free Open eBooks program. This piece of the White House ConnectED Initiative starts with educators, program leaders and librarians who work with in-need youth. These adults can register free; then, every child in the program can get a personal access code to download up to 10 eBooks at a time.



June 2, 2016

Y4Y Showcase Webinar: Implementing Your Program With Fidelity
Thursday, June 23 from 1:00-2:30 EST

Wondering how to structure your program to achieve the desired results? Learn about Y4Y's quick and easy professional learning resources in a free webinar. The Y4Y team will showcase Click & Go 3: Administer for Success: Implementing Your Program with Fidelity.  Learn from real-life examples of intentional program implementation from 21st CCLC sites, and meet Candace Ferguson, former State Coordinator for the Texas 21st CCLC Program at the Texas Education Agency. See how the mini-lessons, podcasts, tools and resources of Click & Go 3 can help check your program for intended impact.

 

Featured Guest Expert
Candace Moreno Ferguson, former Texas 21st CCLC state coordinator and current Human Capital Management Systems Project Manager for the Texas Center for Educator Effectiveness (TxCEE), will share her wealth of experience supporting and coaching 21st CCLC grantees to design and implement programs with intentionality and fidelity. A Q&A will follow her presentation.

 

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December 14, 2014

We’re excited to introduce Y4Y’s Training and Technical Assistance Team! Some of you may have met our team members at Y4Y trainings and conference presentations for 21st CCLC programs. We look forward to getting to know you better as we support your work in 2015. Here are a few tidbits about us.

Jessica Chung, Lead Training Specialist
Jess has designed and delivered professional development for educators from higher education to out-of-school time learning environments. She also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA and VISTA Leader in Michigan and New Jersey, respectively. Jess earned her master’s in Educational Administration from the University of Michigan.

Monique McDowell-Russell, Lead Education Specialist
Monique has extensive experience managing, directing, and providing oversight for elementary, secondary, and adult education programs. She also taught courses in public administration as an adjunct professor in New York City. Monique earned her master’s in Administration from Audrey Cohen College.

Tania Lazar, Training Specialist
Tania has provided high-quality training and technical assistance to thousands of out-of-school time professionals, drawing on her experiences as a Program Officer with New Jersey After 3, a fifth-grade teacher, and an AmeriCorps member for a Family Friendly Center/America's Read program. Tania earned her master’s in Teaching from Monmouth University.

Judy Ha, Education Specialist
Judy has been an educator and program administrator for a plethora of projects, including curriculum development in youth leadership and social justice and fundraising for nonprofit community organizations. Before joining Y4Y, she taught middle school English as a second language and social studies in the Philadelphia area and was Assistant Director of Asian Americans United. Judy earned her master’s in Multicultural Education from Eastern University.