Let's Pull This Sleigh Into Next Year!
December 2019
New Content on Y4Y!

Building on concepts in the Click & Go, Y4Y now offers 21st CCLC professionals an advanced level certificate in financial literacy. Get started on step-by-step planning to help your students and families gain important knowledge for making good financial decisions.

Help your staff recognize and navigate trauma in their students using Y4Y's new Click & Go on Trauma-Informed Care.

Let's Pull This Sleigh Clear Into Next Year!

Humans, like Santa's reindeer, are capable of coming together to cooperate on an impressive scale. Skeptical? Y4Y's latest blog posts will help you believe. Let the pull of compassion be one of those forces that draw you to your students, and check out Y4Y's new Trauma-Informed Care Click & Go. The gravity of trust in your 21st CCLC partnerships is all-powerful in cementing those connections. And we're bound to run into each other on the two-way street called Mentor Way when pulling together is our compass for the new year.
Upcoming Webinar

Safety and Security: How to Develop and Align Your Afterschool Safety Plan
Thursday, Dec. 12, 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

What will you do in an emergency? Join the U.S. Department of Education's You for Youth (Y4Y) Technical Assistance team as we walk you through developing a program safety plan that meets local and national standards. We'll be 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 features 21st CCLC programs who will share strategies for implementing an optimal safety plan. Register now.

Tech Tip
Y4Y tools are designed to accompany courses, and you can access them through the course name under the Learn tab. Need a shortcut? Bookmark the Tools link for quick access to all tools from all courses, whether it's a customizable parent survey, an icebreaker activity or any of the hundreds of tools on Y4Y.  

Creative Program Ideas
  • Jan. 2 is National Science Fiction Day. Students can collaborate on an imaginative short story around their latest STEM activity.
  • Jan. 9 is National Static Electricity Day! Explore why this natural phenomenon is a natural way to teach science basics.
  • Jan. 11 is Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day. Students can reflect on how communication has evolved while they personalize this form of communication, which only 20 years ago ceased to be the international standard for long-range maritime communication.
  • Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 20. On Jan. 24, the International Day of Education, students can continue to explore the theme of equity as they learn about education as a human right and how educational opportunities differ around the globe.
State Coordinators Corner

Building a Cohesive Culture Among Diverse 21st CCLC Programs
Tips From Erin Busk, 21st CCLC Grant Specialist, Indiana

The 21st CCLC program subgrantees in Indiana include 29 local education agencies (LEAs), 46 community-based or faith-based organizations (CBOs/FBOs) and three universities. While technical assistance tools were designed with LEAs in mind, the state works diligently to revise and align these cross-department resources to its growing field of CBO/FBO grantees. As Indiana's 21st CCLC program office develops new tools, trainings and resources, the program is intentionally creating common language and programming that is growing a culture of cohesion among all 21st CCLC grantees.   
Indiana has welcomed the structure and approach to afterschool youth engagement that CBOs/FBOs bring to the table. These environments lend themselves to impactful learning as well as flexibility and growth potential. The unique perspective of these grantees offers a more robust 21st CCLC community and adds a layer of state-level accountability to provide high-quality access to all afterschool programs. What's more, investing in revising traditional programming and pathways yields an abundance of newfound ideas and wisdom for LEA grantees. As an example, CBOs/FBOs have a rich history of intensive financial stakeholder engagement for long-term viability and community partnerships offering programming, volunteerism and hands-on experiences. 
At the same time, LEAs have a wealth of knowledge and resources that can support CBOs/FBOs as they undertake program initiatives. They can help CBOs/FBOs understand why and how to partner with schoolteachers and administrators. The state can play an important role in helping subgrantees understand and learn from one another. The work of integrating ideas and wisdom from LEAs and CBOs/FBOs is paying off for all parties.
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