Today’s children are growing up in a world that is highly reliant on technology. They will also face a job market where computer and technology skills will not only give them a head start but will likely be required. However, according to the 2021 State of Computer Science Education report, only 51% of high schools and 31% of K-8 schools in the US currently offer computer science. That’s where afterschool programs can step in and fill the gap.
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. This is a time to pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success. Use these resources during Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and throughout the year.
June is a time to learn about, celebrate, and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. #Pride lives in our history, our homes, our communities, and our hearts every day. Below are resources you can use to celebrate Pride Month this June and all year long.
Juneteenth is a time to reflect and a time for advocacy and recognizing historical and ongoing injustices Black communities experience. Below are Juneteenth resources you can use to support your efforts.
May is mental health awareness month. Mental health and SEL are key components of education and systems supporting youth. Use these resources to support mental health in all aspects of your programming.
You have a lot going on: staffing is a challenge, the safety of students is top priority, and the growth of your business is necessary for you to be able to provide more value to even more children… just to name a few things. While you're busy with the day to day, it can be extremely difficult to decide how to tackle all these issues. But you can do it all, with the right support!
Many young people consider community-based organizations, like yours, a home away from home. Whether your organization is local or within a national network, you give students a safe place to go after school, on weekends, and during summer vacations. Today, organizations are increasingly incorporating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities into their program offerings and providing opportunities for students to grow new skills. Community-based organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, YMCA, Girl Scouts, 4-H, and local nonprofits can introduce young people to STEM ideas and engagement activities that are not always available in their homes and schools.
Afterschool programs are shown to reduce youth violence. For National Youth Violence Prevention Week, April 25-29, 2022 (and throughout the year) use these articles and resources focused on violence prevention, SEL, and trauma-informed practices to support your work.
Our names are one of the first indicators of our personal identities, often representing individual, familial, and cultural meanings that are significant for many reasons.
Taking the time to learn the correct pronunciation and spelling of someone's name and consistently using it is a first step to convey sincere and authentic interest in relationship building.