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June 14, 2013

The Identifying Partners tool on Y4Y can help you take stock of the valuable resources – individuals, organizations, and groups – that have great potential for partnership with your program.

As you look down the list of partners on the tool, think about who else in your local area serves the same population of young people or follows a similar mission as your program’s. By partnering and pooling together resources, you can deepen your impact and provide more of the support that your students need.  

June 14, 2013

Y4Y offers many strategies for strengthening partnerships, plus a wealth of practical tools that programs can use to implement those strategies. One set of tools guides you in creating a Memorandum of Understanding, also known as an MOU, an agreement that two organizations sign to formalize their partnership. The MOU presents the reason and the goals for the partnership, the perspectives and the roles of both organizations, and how to measure the success of the partnership. Y4Y makes MOUs easy by providing the following tools:

Sample Memorandum of Understanding - See an MOU that another program has created.

Developing an Effective Memorandum of Understanding - Check out this document for examples of language and partnership roles appropriate for an MOU.

Memorandum of Understanding Tool - Fill in the blanks to create your own MOU.

Memorandum of Understanding Template - Use this for more detailed guidance in creating your MOU.  

May 16, 2013

Some of your front line staff may be continuing as summer staff, and others may be brand new. With a mixed group of team members and a transition from one kind of program to another, there’s always a need for additional preparation and training. For one thing, the whole lineup should be committed to aligning programming with school-year standards from the very start. This alignment perspective begins with the program leader, who sets the tone and provides guidance and resources.

Y4Y has plenty of resources to help with your alignment efforts and your alignment trainings. A good way to start thinking about summer program training is to take a look at these possible needs for building staff skills in alignment. Which of these are priorities in your program? How will you incorporate them into your summer-prep training?  

May 3, 2013

In the summer it is even more important than during the school year to “complement, not replicate” school-day learning. What does that look like? Take a look at the Complementing vs. Replicating tool for some ideas to spark your creativity as you plan for summer. Then think about how those strategies for engaging youth interest can be beneficial to your program, to the youth you serve, and to your community.

While you’re thinking about how to most effectively “complement, not replicate,” try one of the challenges on Y4Y. What would you say to encourage a staff member to try a dynamic, motivating activity instead of a worksheet? How could the math, literacy, science, and history concepts typed out on a worksheet be transformed into fun summer activities?

March 28, 2013

Linking your program to school-day learning can be a complex endeavor. To help organize your thinking and planning, use this diagram which displays the six core elements of aligning with the school day, all of which are addressed on Y4Y.

The six core elements help you and your colleagues deliberately plan for student success. Reflect on where your program is doing well and where your program has opportunity for improvement. All six elements are important to your Common Core State Standards implementation efforts. If you’re ready to dive into the details, take a look at the Practitioner Tips that accompany the diagram. Then use the other information and materials on Y4Y to take additional steps toward student success.