The gift of identifying and engaging strategic partners only comes to those 21st CCLC professionals who can break free from scotch tape and pretty bows, roll up their sleeves, and apply some creative thinking. Join Detective Dave and go undercover in the newly updated Y4Y professional learning course, Strategic Partnerships. Together, you'll unwrap five key strategies for making partnerships successful and effective. Get started here!
End the Year Out of the Box!
As the calendar year wraps up and we enter the holiday season, it's natural to reflect on how different our students' respective gifts may be. It's a gift to get out-of-the-box ideas for engaging ways to solidify civics lessons, such as game-based learning, mock trials and reenactments. To help students develop their gifts and talents, check out Y4Y's new course on seeking strategic partnerships with school and community organizations.
Upcoming Webinar: Save the Date
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 they 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 will also feature 21st CCLC programs who will share strategies for implementing an optimal safety plan.Register now.
Citizen Science is a great way to get out of the box and excite students about their relationship with the natural world around them. Check out the archived webinar. Also, Y4Y recently offered two webinars on College and Career Readiness that address implementation at the elementary and secondary levels. Catch up on the latest thinking around preparing students for career success.
Don't forget to sign in to your Y4Y account whenever you use the website, especially when engaging with course offerings. Your course progress will be saved, which makes it easier to resume if you have to step away, and the great ideas you record in the online notebook will be preserved, like a little gift to future you.
Dec. 7 is National Letter Writing Day. Extol the virtues of letter writing in an electronic and social media age, and invite your students to put pen to paper for someone they care about.
Dec. 17 is National Wright Brothers Day, and the 116th anniversary of their famous first flight. Paper airplanes make the perfect science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activity.
State Coordinators Corner
The 2019 Y4Y Virtual Institute for New 21st CCLC Grantees was very well received by dozens of new grantees around the country. It's now available online as a webinar series. Whether or not the new grantees in your state were able to attend, they can unwrap resources throughout the year on the fundamentals of implementing their grant. Links to numerous tools and customizable documents are provided directly on the web series home page for easy access.