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June 17, 2014

Miss any of our great webinars recently? Don’t worry, Y4Y is designed with the busy afterschool professional in mind! We know there are only so many hours in the day, that’s why we record all of our webinars so you can access them on demand.

You can find them all in the Y4Y Webinar Archive. You can also catch up on all the great webinars produced by the Family Engagement team over the past few months by accessing their YouTube Channel.

 



May 12, 2014

Join us for our next Coffee Break webinar on Tuesday, May 20, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern (10:00-11:00 a.m. Pacific) on Drug and Alcohol Prevention with Y4Y.

Learn more about the new Drug and Alcohol Prevention resources that are now available on Y4Y, gain ideas for integrating Drug and Alcohol Prevention activities into your program, and discuss real world strategies for working with staff, students, and families on this important subject.

Your host for the webinar will be Monique McDowell-Russell, Y4Y Training Specialist. As with all of our Coffee Break webinars there will be plenty of time for interaction with your colleagues and Q&A with the Y4Y team, so bring your questions, bring your coffee, and join the conversation on May 20.

All Y4Y webinars are free so register today!

[Ed. note: a recording of this webinar is available in the Y4Y Webinar Archive.]

 



May 12, 2014

There’s another free webinar on Tuesday, May 20, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern (11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pacific) on Engaging Families of Children with Disabilities.

Family engagement and disability experts, Debra Jennings, Director of the Center on Parent Information and Resources and Jane Sharp, out-of-school time (OST) consultant, will discuss strategies that programs are implementing to engage families of youth with disabilities and family resources available in each state.

This webinar will offer:

- Effective Strategies
- Useful Resources
- On-the-Ground Experiences
- Opportunity for Discussion

Register for this free webinar today.

[Ed. note: a recording of this webinar is available on YouTube.]

[The “Engaging Families of Children with Disabilities” webinar is hosted by Manhattan Strategy Group for the Family Engagement Resource Providers (FERP) project. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Education under contract number ED-ESE-12-C-0070.]

 



April 11, 2014

Join us on Tuesday, April 15, at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)/10:00 a.m. (Pacific) for an expert webinar on Drug and Alcohol Prevention with Y4Y. Our guest speakers will be David Mineta, Deputy Director of Demand Reduction in the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and Aaron White, Ph.D., of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and your host will be Monique McDowell-Russell.

We’ll review some of the latest information from ONDCP about drug and alcohol use among young people, discuss ways to decrease the risk of a variety of negative consequences, and learn how afterschool and Y4Y can be used to help shape youth opinions regarding some of the risks involved.

All Y4Y webinars are free so register today!



April 11, 2014

Here are a few handy tips to help make your Y4Y webinar experience easier so you can relax and concentrate on the presenters and the material.

1) Log in a few minutes early so you have time to download the Cisco WebEx Event Center app, which powers the webinar. If you don’t have Admin rights on your PC, choose to run the “Temporary” app when prompted. If you want to setup the Event Center app in advance, go to this link and click the “Setup” button: 
https://y4y.webex.com/y4y/ecsetup.php?frommail=1.

2) Make sure you join the “integrated voice conference” when prompted at log in. You don’t need a microphone to participate in the webinar, but you do need speakers and you need to join the conference in order to hear the presenters.

3) Make sure your computer speakers are plugged in and turned on, and be ready to adjust the volume if necessary (audio levels can sometimes change abruptly if we switch between presenters and streaming video).

4) If you have sound issues during the webinar, first check your speakers by going to the menu bar in the WebEx Event Center and selecting Communicate / Speaker Microphone Test.  Check the speaker dropdown list because you may have more than one sound driver in your system, and you won’t hear anything if you have the wrong one selected.  You can check to see if you’re connected to the integrated voice conference by selecting Communicate / Integrated Voice Conference / Join Conference.

5) Try to keep all other applications closed and refrain from surfing the Internet during the webinar. Close all apps, including email, leaving only the WebEx Event Center and the web browser you used to log into the event open.  Our webinars consist of shared PowerPoint slides, broadcast audio, and may include streaming video or additional documents. We try our best to make everything work on any connection and any hardware, but sometimes there are compatibility and bandwidth issues that are beyond our control.

If you need any other tech support related to a webinar, please use the chat box to send a private message during the event to the user listed as the “Y4Y Host.”

And remember that all webinars are recorded and within 48 hours they are posted on the portal in the Webinar Archive.