The World Education Research Association – International Research Network Extended Education chairs recently released a statement concerning the situation of children and youth worldwide during the COVID-19 crisis.
Many states are issuing guidance documents to help communities prepare to reopen schools in the fall. If you haven't done so already, reach out now to school administrators to ensure afterschool is not an afterthought. Here are some tips and tools to help you get started.
All children have role models. The question remains whom this responsibility lands on and if they are willing and prepared.
A good mentor can have a professional and personal impact. One young professional shares four things she's received from her mentors over the years.
George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and a very long list of people killed by police and white supremacists, are Black, not unlike many of the young people participating in out-of-school time programs and the staff who work with them across the country. The compounding deaths of so many Black Americans, leading up to the death of Mr. George Floyd, must redefine how we as practitioners and leaders in this work see and feel justice and equity.
As programs are planning and beginning to reopen, it’s important to think of ways to help young people stay healthy through social distancing and other best practices related to prevention of the spread of coronavirus.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, American Youth Policy Forum has been collecting resources pertinent to various disadvantaged youth populations. Recently, AYPF focused on resources related to rural populations and youth in foster care. We share some of them here.
Our 2020 has been quite a year so far, described over and over with phrases such as, "unprecedented, challenging, and uncertain."
In 2018, NAA's Empowering Afterschool Professionals for Digital Learning report noted: "Afterschool professionals will need more tools and training to become effective facilitators of digital learning."