Where Do I Start?
Not sure where to start?
First, sign into your Y4Y account! Not a member of Y4Y? Signing up is easy and beneficial. Becoming a Y4Y member allows you to:
- Save your work in modules, including the notes in your Notebook.
- Participate in the webinars and discussion forums.
- Connect with colleagues and programs.
- Have the option of receiving email newsletters keeping you informed about new developments to Y4Y, upcoming Webinars and other important afterschool news
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Second, Select your role within 21st CCLC below for navigation tips on using Y4Y for your specific needs.
The Y4Y portal is a valuable resource for your program directors, site coordinators and staff members. As a state education agency representative, you can use the Y4Y portal to request free, targeted, on-site or virtual technical assistance from our team of Y4Y trainers. See our technical assistance page for a technical assistance catalog and information on how to request trainings.
Program Director/Site Coordinator
The Y4Y portal has valuable tools and resources for you and your staff. It’s designed to strengthen your knowledge of critical aspects of out-of-school learning time that contribute to increased program quality. The site is organized into four main areas, as described below.
In the Courses section you’ll find information on all Y4Y course topics. Each topic area has three subsections: Introduction (basic information on the topic), Implementation Strategies (practical guidance), and Coaching My Staff (techniques to help staff implement promising practices).
The Train Your Staff section provides training materials on each Y4Y course topic. Materials include Trainings to Go (with customizable PowerPoint presentations and handouts); Training Starters (outlines and tips for designing your own trainings); and other tools for planning, implementing and assessing program activities.
The Resource section provides Y4Y course tools such as templates and planners for designing high-quality programming. Every course tool on the Y4Y portal is available from the Tools page. You can also access the Learn More Library, Drug and Alcohol Prevention resources, conference materials, and more!
Do you wonder if doing a student needs assessment is more than you can manage? Want to know what’s involved in “intentional program design”? What does it mean to “implement with fidelity”? Get quick answers to these questions — plus targeted tools and strategies — with Y4Y Click & Go professional learning resources. Three compact sets of mini-lessons, podcasts and tools will help your program aim, align and administer for success.
Build on what you’ve learned on the Y4Y web portal by participating in live webinars and online discussions with experts on issues that matter to you and your staff. Learn about current research and trends in afterschool and summer programming.
You and your staff can check out our blog to stay informed about Y4Y resources and professional development offerings. Register on the website now to receive alerts when new articles are posted. Also encourage staff members to visit the Y4Y discussion boards, post successes and challenges, and interact with other programs across the country that share useful feedback or resources.
21st CCLC Practitioner
Deepen your knowledge of promising practices in out-of-school time. Check your understanding with short assessments and receive a certificate of completion.
Select a content area of interest. Complete the Introduction section for an overview of the topic, then go to the Implementation Strategies section to learn practical ways to incorporate this topic into your program. Don’t forget to explore the Tools and external resources in the Learn More Library area of each course!
The Resource section provides Y4Y course tools that include templates and planners for designing high-quality programming. Every course tool on the Y4Y portal is available from the Tools page. You can also access the Learn More Library, Drug and Alcohol Prevention resources, conference materials, and more!
Participate in live webinars and online discussions with experts on issues that matter to you. Learn about current research and trends in afterschool and summer programming.
Check out our blog to stay informed about Y4Y resources and professional development offerings. Register on the website now to receive alerts when new articles are posted. Also visit our discussion boards. Post your successes and challenges, and interact with other programs across the country that share useful feedback or resources.
Not a member of Y4Y?
Signing up is easy! Select Join Y4Y to become a member.
The Y4Y portal has a wealth of resources including course tools such as planners and checklists, as well as professionalization resources and external links. Every document referenced on the Y4Y Portal is available from the Y4Y Resources page. You can also access the Learn More Library, Drug and Alcohol Prevention resources, the Afterschool Toolkit, and more!
Use the Search box at the top of every page to search for additional resources, including lesson plans and current research.