The Y4Y Insider
Fresh Starts and Smiling Faces
January 2020
Upcoming Virtual Series
Summertime STEM
Jan. 28, 29, 30, 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

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 Y4Y technical assistance team will outline an eight-step process for designing a STEM-based summer learning program, best practices for delivering that program and tools to make planning easier. Register here .
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Fresh Starts and Smiling Faces
Happy New Year from Y4Y, and welcome to our redesigned and newly named newsletter, The Y4Y Insider . Two new features, “Voices From the Field” and “Caption This Image,” are sure to put a smile on your face. Check the Y4Y blog for answers to burning questions like “ Money can’t buy happiness, but can financial literacy help? ” and “January is certainly a great time to remember that a head start is a happy start , but are elementary students too young to begin their journey toward college and career readiness?” Finally, an interview with Oklahoma's Shannon Browning offers moving advice on food security in 21 st CCLC programs to give students the fresh start (and end!) to their day that they deserve, thanks to important partnerships in her state.
Archived Webinar
Creative Program Ideas
Celebrate Day 100 of school, which likely falls in January. Work with young students on conceptualizing quantities of 100, and with older students on conceptualizing percentages or orders of magnitude.
Feb. 11 is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Read about Frances Arnold , the most recent American woman to earn a Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2018). 
Feb. 17 is  Random Acts of Kindness Day . Build a positive environment by having students commit acts of kindness and share kindness stories from their experiences. 
Feb. 18 is Battery Day. Every negative has a positive. Building a simple battery is a STEM must-do activity!
Tech Tip: Navigating the Y4Y Website

Hopefully, you think of Y4Y.ed.gov as a mountain spring, overflowing with resources. If you’re new to Y4Y, you might wonder where to start! If you’re a regular, you might wonder what’s new. With 2020 comes a fresh opportunity to make sure you don’t miss any of Y4Y’s valuable tools of the trade. In the first few months of 2020, The Y4Y Insider Tech Tip will provide refreshers on navigating the site and finding what you need.

Tip #1: From the homepage, use Y4Y’s five main tabs as your starting point.

Here’s what you’ll find in each tab:
  • Get Started: These basic pages provide a cursory introduction to Y4Y and the full website. While courses are available to anyone who visits the website, you can make the most of your learning by gauging your progress and earning certificates of completion when you join Y4Y under this tab. If you forward this newsletter to colleagues, urge them to click “yes” on the last question, “Would you like to receive Y4Y email newsletters and e-blasts?” That way, they’ll get their own copy of The Y4Y Insider delivered directly to their email each month.
  • Learn: If the Y4Y website were a hamburger, the Learn tab would be your beef patty. All individual learning opportunities live under this tab, including courses, Click & Go’s (which are micro-learning opportunities), webinars (which you can sign up to attend live, or catch “after the fact” in archives), the Y4Y blog and the discussion board. For program directors, state coordinators, or anyone with responsibilities in helping to design or implement a 21st CCLC program, topical implementation guides and Train Your Staff presentations are also housed under the Learn tab.
  • Technical Assistance: Brace yourself for Y4Y beyond the website. Under the Technical Assistance tab, you’ll be introduced to a world of customized trainings that can be provided by Y4Y professionals in your own backyard. The best news yet: trainings are free to programs that qualify. (Only state coordinators can request Y4Y technical assistance.)
  • Resources: The Resources tab is where Y4Y cross-references many of the tools that are embedded in Y4Y learning experiences, and oh so many more! If you’re looking for a budget template or sample memorandum of understanding (MOU), start under the Resources tab.
  • STEM Initiatives: Here’s where you can explore ideas and resources in science, technology, engineering and mathematics from the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st CCLC partnerships with other federal agencies.

Stay tuned! Next month, we’ll break down the Learning tab.
State Coordinators Corner
Fresh Ideas for State Grantee Conferences

Tips From...

Lisa Kluge, Program Specialist, Arizona 21 st CCLC Program

The Y4Y Technical Assistance team recently learned about some fresh ideas Arizona uses to make the most of its state grantee conferences. Ms. Kluge was kind enough to share the following practices:
  • The Arizona Department of Education teams up with the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) to plan and execute an annual two-day conference to allow single-stream registration, a shared venue, and overall convenience for learners.
  • Teams are encouraged to travel to workshops together since time to talk about “next steps” is embedded into each session.
  • Online “boot camp” modules offer advance training to new leadership. Having knowledge of federal and state grant requirements before attending the conference allows attendees to make the most of their conference learning.
  • Programming for new and veteran grantees can be seamlessly incorporated in a single conference by offering numerous “tracks” that are color coded on the conference schedule for ease of session selection.
  • Presenters are required to leave time at the end of their sessions for attendees to reflect on their learning, chat with colleagues and teammates about applying their learning, and compare notes with others in the field on the same topics.
  • A paper conference workbook distributed at the beginning contains dedicated pages for note taking after each presentation, complete with leading questions.
  • Feedback is collected each year. Overwhelmingly, attendees appreciate unstructured time as an opportunity to share ideas.

Do you have any words of wisdom to share with other states? Please email them to Y4Y – we’d love to share what you’ve learned! 
Voices From
the Field

This month, Y4Y is honored to share voices from the field in our State Coordinators Corner and in a blog post on food insecurity faced by 21 st CCLC students. Now we want to hear from you! Y4Y is excited to add this “Voices From the Field” segment to share your victories, challenges, tips and recipes for success in 21 st CCLC programs. Please email any or all of the above for inclusion in future issues of The Y4Y Insider . Thank you!
Caption This Image!
In this fun new feature of The Y4Y Insider , let’s all have a giggle. Email your first name and state along with your program-inspired caption ideas for this image from the Y4Y Financial Literacy course. Responses will be published in next month’s issue. 
Featured Download
Whether you are seeking partners in your community to connect elementary students to careers, to help them understand their financial choices, or even simply to get food to their tables, the Y4Y Community Asset Mapping tool can help you think creatively about making those crucial connections.