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

Voices From the Field

Each month, Y4Y Technical Assistance team members have opportunities to conduct interviews with out-of-school time practitioners in a range of roles. Select from the brief descriptions below to learn about strategies and best practices that interest you. 


State Coordinator

  • Karyl Resnick, Massachusetts, talks about social and emotional learning, project-based learning, and other initiatives to support program improvement and professional development. [Read more]

21st CCLC Grant Specialist

  • Erin Busk, Indiana, talks about what it is like to work with diverse 21st CCLC program grantees, including a large number of community-based and faith-based organizations (CBOs and FBOs). [Read more]
  • Lisa Kluge, Program Specialist, Arizona 21st CCLC Program shares some fresh ideas to make the most of Arizona's state grantee conferences. [Read more]

Project Director

  • Johanna Friedel, Texas, talks about some best practices surrounding staff appreciation. [Read more]
  • Shannon Browning, Oklahoma, shares her heartfelt answers to questions about food insecurity faced by so many Oklahoma students. She also offers great ideas on how 21st CCLC programs in other states can help. [Read more]

21st CCLC Grantees

  • Marcy Richards, 21st CCLC Program Manager, Anchorage School District, shares her expertise in developing partnerships that mutually benefit wide-ranging partners and her district’s at-risk students. [Read more]
  • Marcy Richards, 21st CCLC Program Manager, Anchorage School District, shares her strategies for serving English learners equitably in the most diverse school district in the country. [Read more] [Podcast]
  • Simone Miranda, Community Learning Center Project Manager, Schenectady City School District talks about the community partnerships that allow their program to deliver incredible STEAM learning and career pathways support. [Read more] [Podcast]
  • Luis Bravo, Project Specialist for the Safe & Healthy Kids Department in the Office of Fresno County Superintendent of Schools in California shares how they used virtual connections to keep rural students engaged when their program went virtual and how they will continue to use them going forward. [Read more] [Podcast]
  • Renee Starr, the Community Schools Manager with Brooklyn Center Community Schools in urban Minnesota, and Megan Grubb, the Farm to School Coordinator talk about their district's popular farm to school programming that impacts both the school day and out-of-school time. [Read more] [Podcast]

Subject Matter Expert

  • Stacey Owens-Howard, Founder of Z.E.C.A. School of Arts and Technology in Jacksonville, and plenary presenter at the 2020 21st CCLC Summer Symposium, talks about how to educate at-risk students regardless of trauma and how to build a culture of learning. [Read more]
  • Anna Luther, MSW, curriculum director at Kids Included Together (KIT) shares some best practices on serving students with disabilities, especially in the current environment of hybrid or fully virtual learning. [Read more]

  • Tara Cox, Senior Manager of Professional Development at The Franklin Institute talks about undoing "right-answer thinking." [Read more] [Podcast]
  • Jen Siaca Curry, E.D., Change Impact, shares pro tips for engaging youth in virtual programs. [Read more] [Podcast]
  • In partnership with Rina Serrano, Coordinator of Student and Parent Support Programs, Candace Walker, Operations Supervisor, Youth Enrichment Program in California’s Hayward Unified School District talks about ​their “netiquette” agreements to support positive virtual learning environments ​by including student voice. [Read more] [Podcast]

  • Edie Cusack, Executive Director of the College of Charleston REACH program in South Carolina spoke with Y4Y about the concept of “disability neutrality” and how to approach inclusion with simplicity. [Read more] [Podcast]

  • Stacey Gummey, certified Forest Kindergarten Teacher and trained Pennsylvania Master Naturalist offers her thoughts on how time outdoors can offer 21st CCLC students time away from screens — and a magical perspective on inquiry-based learning. [Read More] [Podcast]

  • Susan Sachs, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Education Branch Coordinator, and Jessie Snow Neeley, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Education Park Ranger share about their opportunities for students through 21st CCLC partnerships in Tennessee and North Carolina. [Read More] [Podcast]


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