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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]