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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.



September 8, 2014

The new Literacy module was designed with the needs of your program’s youth foremost in mind. It helps you explore how crucial literacy is to learning and suggests how you can incorporate literacy activities into your programs in ways you may not have considered before. 

For example, after you learn about the Five Components of Reading and about the Six Developmental Stages of Reading in the Introduction to Literacy, you can choose from a variety of tools to put these ideas into practice.

One such tool is the BDA Lesson Planner, which will assist you in the fifth component of reading, Comprehension. The lesson planner guides you through the steps necessary to help your students think about what they are about to read “before” they start, to read actively “during” the exercise, and to summarize and synthesize what they read “after” they finish.  BDA – Before, During, After.

In addition to the lesson planner you’ll also find a BDA Training Starter, and even a completed Sample BDA Lesson to help you create your own. Take a look at the new Literacy module today and see what ideas you can find to help support and enhance the literacy skills of the youth in your programs.



January 14, 2014

You may know that Y4Y offers free, customizable training templates and PowerPoint presentations under the Teach section of the portal. But did you know that Y4Y also offers tips and guidance on how to plan and deliver effective trainings? Check out the Training Guide and Template, found in the Tools section, for ideas on how to create objectives, structure activities, engage participants and more. Or visit the Coaching My Staff section, under Learn, to find select Training Tips, such as this one on creating a training hook:

“The training opening is the hook. Think of it as a performance: What will engage participants’ hearts and minds? Ask what they already know. Draw on their knowledge, experience, and ideas throughout the training.”

Or this tip on drafting action plans at the end of a training:

“Creating an action plan or listing the next two things each participant might do are good ways to wrap up a training. Ask staff what assistance they’d like for implementation and how they can support one another’s efforts.”

Check out the rest of the tips for creating and delivering trainings for your team!



December 9, 2013

Join us for our next Coffee Break webinar, Training for CLE Projects with Y4Y, on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. (EST). Explore how Y4Y can help you train your team to effectively facilitate Civic Learning and Engagement (CLE) projects. This hands-on webinar will allow you to collaborate with your afterschool colleagues across the country as well as Y4Y team members as we design a CLE training using one of the Y4Y Training Starters.

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, wear your holiday sweaters, and join us on December 12.

Register today!  



September 24, 2013

One of the greatest assets of the project-based learning approach is its contribution to building 21st century skills in youth – such as collaboration, time management, and public speaking. The best way to develop these skills is with an intentional focus, which demands that staff be aware of what 21st century skills are and deliberately plan programming to incorporate those skills.

If you’d like to set your staff up for success with 21st century skills, try this Training Starter for a staff development session. The Training Starter provides a framework for a training session and allows you to build out the rest with your own examples, activities, and timing.

Download the Training Starter as a Word document and fill in your ideas to make a ready-to-go training plan!