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Top 10 Tips to Deepen Social-Emotional Learning in Virtual After-School Programs

By Joshua Barrow, Alexandra Lotero, & David Adams, Youth Today With fewer resources and increased constraints, program facilitators and educators are now tasked with rising to the occasion of providing high-quality experiences during a time of unprecedented need. This includes developing Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) skills in all settings, including remotely, and in support settings outside […]

American Rescue Plan Gives Out-of-school Time Programs Big Role in Pandemic Recovery

By Stell Simonton, Youth Today With the latest COVID-19 relief package (the American Rescue Plan) underway, youths, and potentially educators & developmental professionals in after-school or summer program settings, will be provided with some financial relief.  This article encourages state education departments, local school districts, and school partnerships to be strategic about how they can […]

Tinkering Afterschool Program Demonstrates Moving Beyond Binary of Adult- Versus Child-centered Education

By Shirin Vossoughi, Meg Escudé, and Natalie R. Davis, Youth Today  Throughout our work in youth programs and critical educational spaces, we have witnessed how educators, mentors, and facilitators committed to liberatory learning often wrestle with the “pendulum swing” between adult- and child-centered education. Many of us come to youth work to struggle against dehumanizing […]

Bill Seeks ‘Pandemic Funding’ For 21st Century After-school Programs

By Stell Simonton, Youth Today Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Sen. Tina Smith recently introduced legislation that requests for an extra $1.2 billion for 21st Century after-school programs. According to Erik Peterson, Afterschool Alliance’s vice president of policy, there’s a chance that this new bill will come in a COVID-19 relief package or as an […]

8 Ways to Evolve Your OST Programs Online

By Shira Woolf Cohen, Youth Today This summer was filled with disappointments as each camp I had enrolled my daughter in — both day camp and overnight camp — were cancelled. All around the country, young campers’ hearts were broken. As a past camper myself, I felt these young people’s pain. Camps are the place […]

More After-school Suppers Are Key Support For Food-insecure Households, Report Says

By Stell Simonton, Youth Today More kids in after-school programs are getting an evening meal through the program, according to a recent report from Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). An additional 86,900 children received supper through the federal Afterschool Meals Program in October 2019 compared with October in the previous year — a 6.5% […]

The Importance of Healing-Centered Afterschool Programs in the COVID-19 era

By Shawn Knecht, American Youth Policy Forum For a moment, imagine you are about to enter a room for a big test or an important job interview. How do you feel? Anxious? Overwhelmed? Do you have trouble concentrating? Maybe you could not sleep the night before? Perhaps you would experience all the above and more. […]

University/After-school Reading Partnerships Help Students Succeed

By Stacy Delacruz, Angie Smith and Shannon Tovey, Youth Today After-school programs provide a wide range of benefits for students, families and communities. According to Youth.gov, these programs can boost academic performance, promote physical health and provide a safe, structured environment for the children of working parents.  Ed.gov reports that a national evaluation of 21st […]

After-school Is Urgently Needed During the Great Pandemic to Build Resilience, Relationships

By Gil Noam, Youth Today Most schools around the country are still scrambling to get into this school year. States and local districts are continuously updating their decisions — a trend that we’ll see throughout the academic year. That creates an enormous uncertainty not only for schools but also for the out-of-school time field. In […]

How one Philadelphia after-school program works to be trauma-informed

By Stell Simonton, YouthToday On an afternoon in October, kids in the Sunrise of Philadelphia after-school program made tissue-paper marigolds, assembled little altars and created masks. It was the Day of the Dead celebration held by Sunrise partner, Fleisher Art Memorial. They wrote poems about people who were no longer with them, either lost to death or simply […]