Online Professional Learning and
Technical Assistance for
21st Century Community Learning Centers

Y4Y TA Topics


Y4Y offers free virtual technical assistance to 21st CCLC grantees in a variety of topics. The virtual sessions are 90 minutes and the in-person sessions are between 4 and 16 hours. These sessions can be requested by 21st CCLC State Coordinators and are tailored to meet the needs of the requesting state. 


An Introduction to 21st CCLC


  • Understand federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidance that dictate the administration of 21st CCLC programs
  • Describe the process of applying for a 21st CCLC state request for proposal
  • Identify the key strategies for designing a high quality 21st CCLC program


Assessing Program Effectiveness


  • Understand the continuous improvement process as it applies to assessing program effectiveness
  • Utilize Y4Y tools and resources for assessment, implementation and analysis


Citizen Science


  • Explore what citizen science is and why citizen science benefits students
  • Develop strategies to implement this approach into your program
  • Identify Y4Y citizen science resources that can be customized and used in your program


Civic Learning and Engagement


  • Identify the institutions, participation and deliberation practices and rules and laws that are central for civic learning and engagement
  • Describe and differentiate between civic virtues and democratic principles
  • Dissect the key characteristics of a successful civic learning and engagement project
  • Identify youth characteristics that promote civic and democratic engagement
  • Address challenges to engaging multiple perspectives and identify methods for productive discourse


College and Career Readiness


  • Understand the definition of college and career readiness
  • Develop strategies to enhance college and career readiness within your programs
  • Identify Y4Y resources that can assist in enhancing your college and career readiness efforts


Continuous Education (formerly known as "Aligning with the School Day")


  • Engage and reflect on the six core elements of continuous education
  • Develop methods of improving continuous education in your program
  • Identify Y4Y resources that support continuous education


Drug and Alcohol Prevention


  • Understand why drug and alcohol prevention can be effective within our programs
  • Identify Y4Y resources that assist with drug and alcohol prevention
  • Develop strategies to implement drug and alcohol prevention within your programs


Family Engagement


  • Identify steps for planning, designing, and implementing family engagement activities
  • Explore how to design activities that meet family needs
  • Identify strategies for effectively recruiting families


Financial Literacy


  • Describe the five basic concepts of financial literacy
  • Design and facilitate Financial Literacy activities aligned to student needs
  • Identify resources and methods for implementing financial literacy in 21st CCLC programs


Human Resources


  • Identify the skills and competencies needed for each staff position
  • Develop an effective interview and selection process to recruit qualified and competent candidates
  • Train and manage staff to enhance performance and achieve program success
  • Retain staff by creating a positive work environment


Including Students with Disabilities


  • Describe the application of special education laws and regulations to 21st Century Community Learning Centers
  • Modify program policies and procedures for inclusion of all students
  • Evaluate the accessibility of program spaces for diverse student needs
  • Create activity accommodations in response to individual student needs




  • Define the four components of literacy
  • Design and facilitate literacy activities aligned to student needs
  • Identify Y4Y tools to assist with Literacy program implementation


Managing Your 21st CCLC Program


  • Apply project management knowledge and skills as you execute your 21st CCLC project
  • Describe the critical tasks within each project management process group
  • Discover Y4Y resources that will help you create a project management plan


Organizational Culture


  • Define organizational culture and climate
  • Examine techniques and strategies for building positive culture and climate
  • Review relevant Y4Y tools that can help you build a positive organizational culture


Project-Based Learning


  • Explain components of the three phases of project-based learning
  • Implement the steps to plan, define, implement and assess high quality project-based learning activities
  • Use authentic resources and tools to develop and implement project-based learning activities


Creating a Positive Learning Environment


  • Assess program climate in relation to clearly defined values and culture
  • Implement strategies to create and sustain a positive learning environment where students, families, and program staff feel safe and supported
  • Identify Y4Y resources that assist with facilitating positive relationships among staff and students


Safety Planning


  • Understand the basics of safety planning.
  • Adapt or create a safety plan that aligns with your program's needs and logistics.
  • Develop a plan to implement training and safety procedures in your program


Social and Emotional Learning


  • Define social and emotional learning
  • Examine techniques and strategies for implementing SEL in 21st CCLC programs
  • Review relevant Y4Y tools that can help you build a positive organizational culture


Strategic Partnerships


  • Implement strategies to engage, develop and maintain strategic partnerships
  • Explore the components of strategic partnerships
  • Identify Y4Y resources that assist with establishing strategic partnerships


STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)


  • Describe techniques to develop your STEM knowledge
  • Choose science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities that best align with student needs at various ages
  • Identify strategies for connecting to the school day
  • Recognize ways to make time for STEM within your program
  • Identify resources that can be used to implement STEM projects


Summer Learning


  • Explore and engage in the steps for planning, designing, implementing and assessing a summer learning program
  • Develop strategies using planning and design tools and resources from Y4Y


Trauma-Informed Care


  • Understand stress and trauma and practice prevention strategies for out-of-school time
  • Identify and practice techniques to help children manage stress and trauma in out-of-school time.
  • Understand legal responsibilities as mandated reporters

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