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March 24, 2014

One of the most popular requests from our users has been to allow users to print Certificates of Completion upon finishing the Introduction material in the Learn section of each content module. Well, now you can!

How does it work? The most important step is to make sure you’re registered and logged in to the portal as you work through the Introduction. The portal already keeps track of what pages you’ve completed and which ones you haven’t when you’re logged in so you won’t lose any of your currently saved progress.

Once you’ve completed every page in an Introduction, you’ll be presented with seven questions designed to check your understanding of the material in the module. Get at least five correct and you’ll get a PDF Certificate of Completion that you can save, print, and share with your team. Best of all, you can log back in at any time and access all your earned Certificates from your user profile page.



March 24, 2014

Now it’s easier than ever to access all the great resources featured in the Learn More Libraries. As you may remember, there is a Learn More Library near the end of each content module topic area. Each Learn More Library contains links to other great web-based resources, videos, publications, lesson plans, and activities.

Now all you have to do to access these resources is go to the Tools page and look for the new sidebar widget. Click the link to the Learn More Library, then select which topic you’d like to explore. It’s that easy!

Check out these new features today and let us know what you think in the Suggestion Box. And keep those great ideas coming, because the 21st CCLC user community’s greatest source of new and innovative ideas … is you!



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!



November 6, 2013

It’s impressive what can happen when great minds come together! On October 10, 2013, about two dozen afterschool practitioners and leaders collaborated during the Y4Y Coffee Break webinar to share their ideas and co-develop a template for a family guidebook. The starting point was a Y4Y resource, the Creating a Family Guidebook tool. This tool guides programs in creating a guidebook to share with their students’ families.

The group worked with the Y4Y team, right there on the webinar screen, to customize this tool and develop a more complete outline for the final document. Now, the product of their hard work is available to everyone! Download the new Family Guidebook Template today from Y4Y’s Promising Practices Gallery and customize it further to fit the exact needs of your program. You can add, delete, and change anything you want in the template , then fill it in with your program policies, program characteristics, family involvement practices, etc.

If you missed the Coffee Break webinar and want to see how this template was created, check out the recording in the Webinar Archive to see the process in action. 



November 6, 2013

At Y4Y, we consider your experience to be one of the most valuable resources for the afterschool field— as you can see from how we developed the Family Guidebook template! You are on the ground, facing the ups and the downs while honing your craft and making a real difference in children’s lives. You are doing amazing work! However, we also know that everyone — experts and beginners alike — can use a little support at times.

That’s where the Y4Y Discussion Boards come in. On the Discussion Boards, Y4Y users – like you – from all over the United States can post ideas, information, and questions for their peers in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers community and across the afterschool field.

Take a moment now to share your expertise in response to two of your peers who recently posted these questions:

1) Rita is looking for ideas for establishing a Facebook page for her program. What kinds of policies do you have? What creative ways have you used Facebook? Help Rita out by responding to her post.

2) Christina and Jenell are looking for ideas for a volunteer handbook. Share your thoughts about what to include, or you can even upload a sample for them to see.

Thanks in advance for supporting the efforts of these programs and, in reality, many more Y4Y users who will see your helpful advice on the Discussion Boards!

Do you need some help? Post your own question for others to answer.

Note: To post to the Discussion Boards, you must be registered on Y4Y. Click here to register!