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Upcoming Webinar Series
New Leaders Academy
April 6- 9, daily 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Are you a new 21st CCLC grantee looking for guidance on where to begin? Does your existing program need tools and resources to help you plan and prepare a high-quality, out-of-school time program?
The U.S. Department of Education’s Y4Y Technical Assistance Team will present a series of four webinars to support new program leaders. If you want to meet new colleagues who are just starting out, come here! The webinars will present a logical process to design and develop a high-quality program. In each session, you’ll hear directly from experienced program leaders who’ve designed successful, high-quality 21st CCLC programs. Leaders will speak to the benefits of using an implementation planning tool to guide program development, and you’ll get planning tools along with tips and advice from fellow practitioners. Participants will have opportunities to engage in intersession exploration and receive guidance and answers to questions.
All webinars are from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Here’s the New Leaders Academy webinar lineup:
Monday, April 6: Everything 21st CCLC!
Have a new 21st CCLC grant and need to know where to start? Join this session with a copy of your grant and get help to navigate the important rules, regulations and guidance you need to stay in compliance and get off to a good start. Experienced program directors will share their best advice about expenditures, stakeholder engagement and evidence-based practices. Come ready to ask all your most urgent questions!
Tuesday, April 7: Help! How Do I Manage All These Moving Parts?
You can build your knowledge to manage a high-quality 21st CCLC program. Explore the critical tasks you must address for program planning and implementation, and get dozens of tools to help you do the work. The experienced program directors who lead the session will provide advice and answers to your questions. You’ll also be introduced to the Y4Y Project Planner, a tool that can document and guide work.
Wednesday, April 8: Dig Into the Basics
To build on your basic understanding and get off to a good start, join this session to explore the first steps to planning and designing your program. You’ll get guidance and strategies you can immediately use to recruit program planning team members, conduct a comprehensive needs assessment, write program goals that are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound) and plan for logistics. Expert practitioners will also introduce you to the Y4Y Implementation Planner, a tool that will help you track all your plans.
Thursday, April 9: Intentional Activity Design Is Key to Student Outcomes
Do you want to make sure your program impacts student outcomes? Join this session! Experts will help you understand how to use your needs assessment data to design activities that teach the knowledge and skills students need to master, and you’ll learn to provide opportunities for students to practice using their knowledge and skills in real-life, relevant, engaging ways. You’ll also learn about the importance of recruiting students who most need help, and about using a continuous improvement process to demonstrate outcomes and drive improvement.
Literacy for Frontline Staff - Three-Part Virtual Series
April 21 - 23, daily 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Students’ ability to read, write, speak and listen effectively is critical to their success in school and beyond. These literacy skills lay the foundation for other academic and 21st century skills. In this three-part webinar series, the U.S. Department of Education's (ED's) Y4Y technical assistance team will share strategies for supporting frontline staff in assessing and improving 21st CCLC literacy initiatives. Site leaders and other participants will improve their understanding of the key components of literacy and take away research-based literacy activities geared toward building 21st century skills like collaboration and critical thinking.
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Y4Y provided a webinar for 21st CCLC colleagues from across the nation that provided 90 minutes on supporting program staff and families during school closure. Presenters provided inspiring stories and guidance on helping staff, students and families stay healthy and engaged in learning — now and in the weeks ahead. We provided a guided tour of free training, tools and activity ideas available 24/7 on Y4Y and a sneak preview of Y4Y’s upcoming virtual series, with strands for leaders and frontline staff. The presentation included fresh ideas for supporting staff and families, and motivated to expand your professional learning on topics you care about, like social and emotional learning, family engagement, literacy, STEM, managing your 21st CCLC program, and more. read more »
Thursday, March 12, 2020
How can you incorporate health and fitness into your 21st CCLC program to maximize student engagement and excitement? Join the U.S. Department of Education’s You for Youth (Y4Y) Technical Assistance team as they share ideas for creating and implementing heart-pumping activities. Learn how to integrate state and national standards, establish new partnerships, and train frontline staff with student wellness in mind. For inspiration, this showcase will also highlight 21st CCLC programs that demonstrate best practices for recreation and health education. read more »
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Get ahead with a winter planning session! Summer is right around the corner, and what a great time for STEM to inspire students to keep on learning through engaging, real-life and relevant activities. An intentionally designed summer program will help students retain and build new knowledge and skills. In this three-part webinar series, the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Y4Y technical assistance team will outline a nine-step process for designing a STEM-based summer learning program, best practices for delivering that program and tools to make planning easier. read more »
Thursday, December 12, 2019
What will you do in an emergency? The U.S. Department of Education’s You for Youth (Y4Y) Technical Assistance team walks you through developing a program safety plan that meets local and national standards. We were joined by a representative from the U.S. Department of Education’s Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center to discuss best practices for safety planning, and aligning your host organization’s current safety protocols to relevant regulations. This showcase also featured 21st CCLC programs who will share strategies for implementing an optimal safety plan. read more »
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
What does it look like to engage youth grades K-12 in college and career-relevant learning? Whether you serve elementary, middle or high school students, you can start building college and career readiness through hands-on activities. Learn how You for Youth (Y4Y) can support you in applying this inquiry-based approach to developing postsecondary awareness, exploration and preparation learning opportunities that match your students' interests and goals. This series provided sessions with a focus on the needs of elementary and secondary students. read more »
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Join the U.S. Department of Education’s You for Youth (Y4Y) Technical Assistance team to discuss engaging families from diverse backgrounds, developing inclusive outreach strategies in multicultural environments, and addressing communication concerns. We’ll be joined by special guest Kathy Brown, who has more than 27 years of experience in education and working with English Language Learners. In addition to teaching, she provided professional development to K-12 administrators, instructional specialists, and teachers. She modeled instructional strategies in classrooms in the areas of: Sheltering and Differentiating Instruction for English learners, Texas’ English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), K-12 Mathematics Education, SIOP®, academic vocabulary development, instructional technology, and instructional coaching. Ms. Brown also delivered statewide, blended professional development for Texas Education Agency’s 21st Century Community Afterschool Learning Centers. This Showcase will also feature some 21st CCLC programs that have successfully implemented strategies for engaging families from different cultural backgrounds. read more »
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Including citizen science into your programs can provide your students with the opportunity to collaborate with professional scientists on real-world problems by gathering and analyzing data through hands-on research. This webinar shows how citizen science fits into out-of-school time learning, how to select citizen science activities for your students and your program, and how to prepare for a citizen science project. read more »
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Learn how the You for Youth (Y4Y) resources can support you as you work with students to craft a driving question, facilitate an investigation, and work towards a culminating event, while building students' knowledge and 21st Century skills. read more »
Thursday, August 29, 2019
This webinar, based on the Building Financial Literacy Click & Go, describes important concept areas students must master to achieve financial competency. read more »
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
In this session, presenters and 21st CCLC practitioners discuss strategies for reaching out to families, designing activities that engage them (student-led activities attract families because "parents love to see their kids shine"), and connecting families to community resources. read more »
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
In this session, the Department's Y4Y Technical Assistance Team helps 21st CCLC practitioners explore strategies, tools and resources to help students make the most of homework time. read more »
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The U.S. Department of Education's Y4Y Technical Assistance team presented a series of five webinars to support new program leaders. The webinars will present a logical process to design and develop a high-quality program. read more »
Thursday, June 20, 2019
A strong organizational culture will help your program in more ways than you might think: recruiting and retaining staff, engaging with families, and ultimately creating a positive learning environment for students! The U.S. Department of Education's Y4Y Technical Assistance team and special guest, Zelda Spence, discuss how to influence culture and climate through recruiting, staffing and activity development. Tools and resources from the new Organizational Culture Click & Go are highlighted to help you define and document your organization’s culture. read more »
Thursday, March 14, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
How can your program help to build a strong academic foundation for early elementary students? Discover... read more »
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
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
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
The Family Engagement Resource Providers (FERP) project recently hosted several national webinars which connect family engagement research to practical implementation strategies. read more »