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. Now, more than ever, it’s critical to encourage youth to get outdoors to be active and creative in ways to help them continue to include physical activity and other practices supporting good health.
Out-of-school time programs are vital to our communities and are a critical component of many families' childcare strategies. COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way that interactions look in the short term and forced the reimagining of program offerings.
It's no secret: Zoom has become a regular player in our lives. This newer, popular way to communicate "face-to-face" has been used in a variety of ways, whether it's for a work meeting, virtual happy hour with friends, or otherwise. But as exciting as it is to see other people in a time where we have needed to literally keep to ourselves, Zoom can be exhausting and taxing in a way that's unfamiliar to many.
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.
For over 100 years, summer camp programs have spent the months leading up to June preparing to operate on-location programs for youth. In this unprecedented and uncertain time, things have undoubtedly shifted and plans have needed to be altered, moving what's normally a live experience to computer screens and tablets.