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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!

July 13, 2014

The Y4Y team recently visited South Dakota and met with practitioners around a variety of topics. During a discussion of Civic Learning and Engagement, participants discussed ideas to engage students as active members of the community and help students develop entrepreneurial skills.   This led to a discussion of healthy eating programs.  One participant—Christopher—shared resources that help teach students business skills through gardening and farming. You’ll find links to the program examples that were shared at the bottom of this article. Thank you to Christopher and to all of our participants from South Dakota for sharing with us and with one another!

April 11, 2014

The Y4Y team had the privilege of working with 21st CCLC grantees in South Carolina recently to share information and explore Project Based Learning, STEM, and Family Involvement — three of the modules currently found on the Y4Y Portal.

Participant discussions on Family Involvement focused on strategies to increase engagement and encourage greater family participation, such as:  Family Literacy Nights, Chamber of Commerce presentations, Parent Talk Groups on topics relevant to their needs, and Guidance Counselor moderated discussions.

Thank you, South Carolina, for these engaging ideas! What are your ideas for Family Involvement? Share your thoughts now on the Discussion Boards!

March 24, 2014

The Y4Y team recently worked with a wonderful group of 21st CCLC grantees in Hawaii who came together to share their insights and experiences around all of the content areas featured on Y4Y.  The discussions around Family Involvement were particularly robust, with participants brainstorming strategies of varying intensity, including ideas that they could implement immediately, over the next few months, and in the long term.  Short-term ideas included creating welcome posters, greeting caregivers daily, and hosting welcome tours for new families.  Strategies to incorporate over the next few months included hosting cultural storytelling nights, creating a community cookbook, hosting a game night, and beginning a family newsletter.  Programs’ long term goals for family involvement included hosting a health fair and coordinating a community resource fair to connect families to services in their neighborhoods.  Thank you to the Hawaii grantees for these great ideas!  What are your ideas for short term and long term family involvement?  Share your thoughts on the Discussion Boards!

The Y4Y team thanks all of the grantees that participated in this great discussion, and we invite you to continue it on the Discussion Boards.

January 14, 2014

In December the Y4Y team travelled to Albuquerque, New Mexico to collaborate with 21st CCLC grantees from the Bureau of Indian Education. Among other topics, grantees shared their wide-ranging ideas for family involvement, from inviting families to student performances to literacy nights to family sports competitions.

The staff of one program shared their idea of inviting a local bank to host a financial literacy night, offering family members the opportunity to build their skills. Another program, whose students have families that live a great distance from the center, discussed the idea of using technology to send regular communication and video chat with families that cannot be physically present for events.

The Y4Y team thanks all of the grantees that participated in this great discussion, and we invite you to continue it on the Discussion Boards.