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Upcoming Webinars

Archived Webinars

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Talk: How to Create and Deliver Effective Communications and Outreach

Effective communications practices start with a strong foundation. The U.S. Department of Education’s You for Youth (Y4Y) Technical Assistance team discusses how to achieve more effective conversations with staff, better communication with school-day partners, and more powerful marketing and outreach for your program. The team also highlights tools and resources to help you communicate with key stakeholders, and special guests share their experiences. read more »

Thursday, December 06, 2018

It’s Never Too Soon to Think About Sustainability

21st Century Community Learning Centers programs aren't designed to operate indefinitely on federal funding, so you need a plan to sustain your program after the funding cycle ends. Watch the U.S. Department of Education's You for Youth (Y4Y) technical assistance team and guest Emanuel Betz as they discuss the characteristics of sustainable programs and provide tips and tools for developing your program continuation plan.

Y4Y Presenters: Monique McDowell, Dave McConnell
Special Guest: Emanuel Betz, Vermont 21st CCLC State Coordinator read more »

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Implementing Project-Based Learning With Y4Y

Project-based learning uses inquiry and hands-on activities to explore content in a way that emphasizes student voice and choice. Join the Department’s Y4Y Technical Assistance Team for this two-part series, and learn how Y4Y resources can support your work with students to craft a driving question, facilitate an investigation, and work toward a culminating event. read more »

Friday, September 21, 2018

Unlocking Potential: Building 21st CCLC Leaders

Prep for success by viewing this recorded webinar that provides expert advice on mastering skills and knowledge that help you become more effective as a 21st CCLC leader. Topics include how to develop a project plan, build a budget and overcome staffing problems. The Y4Y team was joined by guests Eric Billiet, Expanded Learning Specialist from the Minnesota Department of Education, and Jack Garcia, a 20 year veteran Project Director for the 21st CCLC program in San Benito, TX. Novice or experienced, this professional learning webinar will help you effectively lead your program. See why, once again, Y4Y is your go-to learning place. read more »

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Engaging Youth in College and Career Readiness

What does it look like to engage K-12 youth in college- and career-relevant learning? The Department’s Y4Y Technical Assistance Team discusses developing postsecondary awareness, exploration and preparation learning opportunities that match your students’ interests and goals. read more »

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Making the Most of Homework Time

Homework gives students opportunities to practice and review what they are learning, prepare for new material and apply learning to new situations. Homework can also help students develop good study habits and recognize that learning can occur anywhere, not just in the classroom. In this session, the Department’s Y4Y Technical Assistance Team will help 21st CCLC practitioners explore strategies, tools and resources to help students make the most of homework time. read more »

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Empowering Youth to Actively Participate in Prevention

How can 21st CCLC programs use engaging programming to build youth leadership and decision-making skills and prevent drug and alcohol abuse? read more »

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Y4Y Virtual Institute for New 21st CCLC Grantees (2018)

Are you a new 21st CCLC grantee looking for guidance on where to begin? Do you need tools and resources to help you plan and prepare a high-quality, out-of-school time (OST) program? read more »

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Virtual Series - Telling Your Story Through Data: A Deep Dive Into Process

A follow-up to the most recent Showcase: "Data! What Is it Good For? Absolutely EVERYTHING!" This three-part web series will dive deep into the three components outlined in the Showcase - planning with the end in mind, interpreting data to make decisions, and crafting a story about your data. read more »

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Data! What Is it Good for? Absolutely EVERYTHING!

Real meaning exists behind every data point, and when you connect those data points, you tell your program’s story. Join the U.S. Department of Education’s Y4Y team to learn how to connect the dots and translate data into a powerful narrative. You’ll come away knowing how to use a logic model to plan with the end in mind, describe the continuous improvement process, brainstorm strategies for using data to connect with present and potential partners, and use Y4Y tools and resources to tell your story through data. read more »

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Summer Learning Series - The Right Outcome: Ready for Summer

This showcase focused on intentional student recruitment and continuous program improvement. Attendees explored why it is important to recruit targeted students, and learned how to create enrollment criteria that connect to their program needs assessment data and SMART goals. Attendees learned about the continuous improvement cycle, and how to customize it to ensure continuous assessment, reflection and program improvement. Participants also received tools to help them create intentional recruitment plans and continuous improvement process plans. read more »

Friday, April 06, 2018

Unlocking Possibilities: Bringing STEM to Life

The U.S. Department of Education's You for Youth Technical Assistance team is excited to present a three-part webinar series on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)! read more »

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Driving Students Toward Success: Project-Based Learning!

Are you looking for fun, effective and intentional ways to engage your students? Tap into students’ natural curiosity by implementing project-based learning (PBL)! This live showcase looked at important aspects of project-based learning, including the three phases of a project, the steps for facilitating an authentic experience, and tips on how to navigate some of the challenges practitioners often encounter while facilitating project-based learning. Presenters also walk you through the updated Project-Based Learning course on You for Youth (Y4Y). read more »

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Summer Learning Series - The Right Mix: Intentional Activity Design

This event focused on intentional activity design. Attendees learned how to use their needs assessment data to intentionally design activities to help students develop and master targeted knowledge and skills. Attendees discovered why using student-centered learning methods, positive youth development and 21st century skills are critical to engaging and empowering students in their own learning. read more »

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Family Engagement - Y4Y Virtual Institute Series

Want proven ideas about engaging with your students' families? See Y4Y's three-webinar series, accompanied by downloadable resources and online discussions. read more »

Thursday, December 07, 2017

School-Day Partnerships: It’s More Than Alignment, it’s Continuous Education!

What happens when your program works with school staff to create seamless learning for students? Everybody wins! To make it happen, program and school staff need to think beyond “alignment” and focus on the student experience. Y4Y can help. We’ve updated our Aligning With the School Day course, now called Continuous Education Through 21st CCLC Activities. Want to sample the updated course and the potential benefits of revamping your work with school-day partners? Watch this recorded webinar today! read more »

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Summer Learning Series - The Right Ingredients: Start With Student Needs

This event will explore the first four steps of the summer planning process: (1) building a program team, (2) conducting a needs assessment, (3) writing SMART goals and (4) planning logistics. Attendees will discover strategies to use for each step to plan, design and implement a high-quality summer learning program, and they will receive planning tools for each step. read more »

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

A Recipe for Summer Program Success

It's never too early to plan for next summer's 21st CCLC program!

At this first event in our 4-part series presented by the Y4Y Summer Learning Initiative team, program directors and site coordinators from across the country discussed the process they used to implement Summer Learning programs during the past school year. They discussed the benefits of using an implementation planning tool to guide summer program development.. The webinar series will continue to support your planning as the school year continues. Here are topic overviews:

December 6, 2017, Summer Showcase 2: Get tools and advice as you dive in to the first four planning steps: build a team, conduct a needs assessment, write SMART goals, and plan logistics.

February 7, 2018, Summer Showcase 3: Go deep into intentional activity design. Learn how to tie program activities to student needs, and get tools to support your work.

April 11, 2018, Summer Showcase 4: Focus on the final steps of planning: recruit the right students to attend, and use a continuous improvement process to grow staff skills and student achievement. read more »

Monday, October 02, 2017

21st CCLC SEA Technical Assistance Webinars

The U.S. Department of Education hosted several webinars to provide insight and guidance to the SEAs in implementing the 21st CCLC program. read more »

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Professionalizing the Field: Connecting With Y4Y to Meet Your Professional Learning Needs

What is Y4Y doing to professionalize the field for 21st CCLC program leaders and staff? Learn about current work to provide credit for Y4Y professional learning; existing avenues for professional credit/credentials in the out-of-school time field; and how Y4Y plans to work with states, institutions of higher education and others that provide credit. Gain insight and examples from 21st CCLC programs that now partner with Y4Y. read more »

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Assessing Program Effectiveness With Y4Y

How will you know if your program has reached the goals you’ve set and is being implemented successfully? This showcase highlights relevant Y4Y courses and resources to help you implement and assess your program for success. read more »

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Citizen Science: Bringing Real-World Problem Solving to Your Program

During the event, we explored tools, resources and strategies of You for Youth's Citizen Science course. These materials were designed to help you inspire hands-on, minds-on citizen science learning and experiences in your program. Our featured guest expert, Susan Sachs, Education Coordinator for the Appalachian read more »

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Y4Y Showcase: Innovative STEM in Out-of-School Time

Looking to innovate STEM in your 21st CCLC program? Get resources and examples from 21st CCLC programs that have exciting STEM activities, key partnerships and strong family engagement. Gather strategies and tools from You for Youth's updated STEM course. read more »

Thursday, January 19, 2017

New Look. New Features. The New Y4Y.

You spoke. We listened.

Over the past year, we asked for your opinions on Y4Y – what you like, what could be improved and what you need moving forward. Now, after months of development, we’re pleased to announce the result of your feedback: a completely redesigned Y4Y Portal. read more »

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Y4Y Showcase: College and Career Readiness

During the event, we explored tools, resources and implementation strategies of You for Youth's new course: College and Career Readiness which were designed to move college and career readiness into practice, including setting goals and keeping projects focused on student needs. read more »

Monday, October 10, 2016

Inclusion in 21st CCLC Environments: Webinar series

The Lessons From the Field: Serving All Students, Including Students with Disabilities project, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and its 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, aims to identify, collect, and share with states and their grantees lessons from the field that address common operational challenges that are critical in the design and implementation of high-quality, 21st Century and other afterschool programs that support all students. read more »

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Y4Y Showcase: Implementing Your Program With Fidelity

During this Showcase event, we explored the mini-lessons, podcasts, tools and resources of Click & Go 3 which were designed to help you structure your program... read more »

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Y4Y Showcase: Creating an Intentionally Designed Program

During the Showcase event, we explored some of You For Youth's Click & Go 2 resources designed to help you create engaging activities that align with student needs and interests. Our featured guest expert, Meg Escudé... read more »

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Y4Y Showcase: Assess Needs for Activity Planning

Whether you're a new or experienced 21st CCLC program leader, your to-do list includes helping your team make a measurable impact with fun and effective academic activities… read more »

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Enriching Academics for K-2 Students With Y4Y

How can your program help to build a strong academic foundation for early elementary students? Discover... read more »

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Project-Based Learning: Hands On, Minds On - A Y4Y Virtual Learning Series

Project Based STEM Learning is an inquiry-based approach to learning that emphasizes student voice and choice. Students pose questions... read more »

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Supporting High School Students With Y4Y

How do you successfully engage older youth? This blended virtual event started with a brief webinar and continued with a two-and-a-half day open discussion board where practitioners and experts brainstormed... read more »

Friday, May 29, 2015

Family Engagement Resource Providers Webinars

The Family Engagement Resource Providers (FERP) project recently hosted several national webinars which connect family engagement research to practical implementation strategies. read more »

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Y4Y Panel Discussion: Creating a Parent-Community Advisory Board

On Tuesday, April 7, at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern), Y4Y hosted a virtual panel discussion and webinar on Creating a Parent-Community Advisory Board. read more »

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

New Literacy Content Module on Y4Y

Join us on Tuesday, September 9, at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)/10:00 a.m. (Pacific) for a coffee break webinar on the New Literacy Content Module on Y4Y. read more »

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Guidance for New Programs on Y4Y

Join us on Thursday, September 4, at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)/10:00 a.m. (Pacific) for an expert webinar on Guidance for New Programs on Y4Y. read more »

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

21st CCLC Program Evaluation with Y4Y

Join us on Tuesday, July 15, at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)/10:00 a.m. (Pacific) for an expert webinar on 21st CCLC Program Evaluation with Y4Y. Our guest speakers will be Angela Hernandez-Marshall, Team Leader, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, U.S. Department of Education... read more »

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

New Drug and Alcohol Prevention Content on Y4Y (Coffee Break #12)

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 New Drug and Alcohol Prevention Content on Y4Y. Learn more about the new Drug and Alcohol Prevention resources... read more »

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Drug and Alcohol Prevention with Y4Y

Please join us on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) for a webinar on Drug and Alcohol Prevention with Y4Y. Our guest speakers will be David Mineta, Deputy Director of Demand Reduction in the... read more »

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Finishing Strong with Y4Y (Coffee Break 11)

Join us for our next Coffee Break webinar, Finishing Strong with Y4Y, on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 12:00 noon (EST). Explore how Y4Y can help you engage your students amid all the distractions of spring... read more »

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Supporting Literacy with Y4Y

Our next quarterly Expert Webinar is entitled Supporting Literacy with Y4Y and will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Our special guests will be Cindy Rhoads, Regional Coordinator... read more »

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Motivating Staff with Y4Y (Coffee Break 10)

Don't miss our next Coffee Break webinar, Motivating Staff with Y4Y, on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. (EST). Explore how Y4Y can help you motivate your team by developing their ownership of the... read more »

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Training for CLE Projects with Y4Y (Coffee Break 9)

Join us for our next Coffee Break webinar, Training for CLE Projects with Y4Y, on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. (EST). Explore how Y4Y can help you train your team to effectively facilitate... read more »

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Planning for Quality Activities with Y4Y (Coffee Break 8)

Don’t miss our next Coffee Break webinar, Planning for Quality Activities with Y4Y, on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. (EST). Investigate how you can enhance your program activities with the help... read more »

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Create a Family Guidebook with Y4Y (Coffee Break 7)

Don't miss our next Coffee Break webinar, Creating a Family Guidebook with Y4Y, on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Learn how a family guidebook can be used to promote and support ongoing... read more »

Monday, September 16, 2013

Connecting with Civic Learning and Engagement

The next Quarterly Expert Webinar will be Connecting with Civic Learning and Engagement, on Monday, September 16 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Our guests will be Felicia Sullivan, Senior Researcher at the Center... read more »

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sustainability with Y4Y (Coffee Break 6)

Don't miss our next Coffee Break Webinar, Sustainability with Y4Y, on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Join us for an informal talk about how you can use Y4Y resources to support... read more »

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Civic Learning and Engagement with Y4Y (Coffee Break 5)

Join us for our next Coffee Break webinar when we'll explore Civic Learning and Engagement with Y4Y. Get ideas on how to empower your students to be engaged members of their community, and to know that... read more »

Monday, June 17, 2013

Supporting Rural Programs with Y4Y

Don't miss our next quarterly expert webinar on Monday, June 17 at 1 p.m. (Eastern) on Supporting Rural Programs with Y4Y. Understand the opportunities, challenges, and needs related to supporting 21st... read more »

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Focus on Strengthening Partnerships (Coffee Break 4)

Don't miss our next Coffee Break webinar on Wednesday, June 12 at 1 p.m. (Eastern) when our focus will be on Strengthening Partnerships. Discover how the resources on Y4Y can help you add breadth and depth... read more »

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Spotlight on Family Involvement (Coffee Break 3)

Don't miss our next Coffee Break webinar on Thursday, May 9 from 1-2 p.m. (Eastern) when the spotlight will be on Family Involvement. Discover how the resources on Y4Y can support your program's family... read more »

Friday, April 12, 2013

Summer Planning with Y4Y (Coffee Break 2)

Join us for our next Coffee Break webinar when we'll dive into planning for summer programs. We'll explore the resources available on Y4Y to aid you as you prepare for summer learning. Summer is closer... read more »

Monday, March 25, 2013

Implementing the Common Core in Afterschool with Y4Y

Understand the Common Core Standards and why they're an important priority for afterschool programs, and learn how Y4Y can enhance staff training and incorporation of the Standards in your afterschool... read more »

Friday, March 15, 2013

Welcome to the New Y4Y (Coffee Break 1)

Don't miss the first in our new series of Coffee Break webinars, featuring a special tour of the new Y4Y mobile-compatible design. The concept behind the Coffee Break webinars is simple: there will be... read more »

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Exploring STEM in Afterschool with Y4Y

Explore exciting ways to incorporate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in afterschool. Hands-on, inquiry-based STEM activities can spark students’ energy, enthusiasm, and imagination, read more »

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Supporting Students with Special Needs in Afterschool

Afterschool is an ideal setting for supporting students with special needs -- a place for additional peer-to-peer interaction and high quality academic enrichment. Join You for Youth for a one hour webinar... read more »

Friday, July 20, 2012

Supporting English Learners in Afterschool

Over 10% of US students pre-K to 12 are English Learners (ELs) [Source: National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language (NCELA)]. Join You For Youth for a 50 minute webinar where you... read more »

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Strategies to Increase Learning Time

In this 50 minute webinar you will learn approaches to learning that can be shared between schools and programs, hot to utilize data to help drive improvements within your programs, and how... read more »