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June 5, 2013

One way to keep partners involved for the long term is to honor their contribution, support, and commitment. Partners have many different reasons for collaborating with your program, and for the most part they are driven by a selfless wish to give back to the community. Still, everyone enjoys some acknowledgement for their good deeds.

In some cases, your program may want to recognize partners publicly, as in a press release or on a banner with their name and logo. Private recognition through small tokens of appreciation, letters, or special ceremonies can also be appropriate. Find some other ideas on this maintaining partnerships planning tool from Y4Y.

It’s up to you and your staff – and even the youth in your program! – to determine the best way to recognize your partners. Get together for a staff training session to brainstorm and develop plans for partner recognition. Use this Honoring Partners Training Starter from Y4Y to guide your session. You can customize the training plan with your own ideas to really target the partnerships your program has.

After you’ve hosted your Honoring Partners training session, you can check off your August to-do, and you’ll be heading into fall with a whole new strategy for building and maintaining strong partnerships in the local community!

And, finally, don’t forget to communicate regularly with your partners and involve them in your planning and team meetings. Communication leads to better cooperation, which helps partnerships last longer and have greater impact.  



June 5, 2013

Don’t miss our next Coffee Break webinar on Wednesday, June 12 at 1 p.m. (Eastern) when our focus will be on Strengthening Partnerships. Discover how the resources on Y4Y can help you add breadth and depth to your program by building and leveraging partnerships with your local community-based organizations. Share ideas and learn about promising practices with your afterschool colleagues from across the country. 

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 June 12.

Register today!  



June 5, 2013

Don’t miss our next quarterly expert webinar on Monday, June 17 at 1 p.m. (Eastern) on Supporting Rural Programs with Y4Y.

Understand the opportunities, challenges, and needs related to supporting 21st Century Community Learning Center and other out-of-school programs in rural and other non-urban geographic regions. Learn about tools and strategies on Y4Y that can support these efforts, and get ideas for resources rural programs can use to develop and enhance high quality learning opportunities for youth.

Our guest experts for this webinar will be Nancy Valentine, Ed.D., National Program Leader from 4-H, and Emanuel Betz, 21st CCLC State Director, Vermont Agency of Education. Your host will be Jennifer Kobrin of Foundations, Inc.

Registration is free, so sign up today!  



May 16, 2013

Don’t miss our next Coffee Break webinar on Wednesday, June 12 at 1 p.m. (Eastern) when our focus will be on Strengthening Partnerships. Discover how the resources on Y4Y can help you add breadth and depth to your program by building and leveraging partnerships with your local community-based organizations. Share ideas and learn about promising practices with your afterschool colleagues from across the country.

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 June 12.

Register today!