American youth are in the midst of a psychological crisis.
At the YMCA, empathy is defined as accepting, relating, and integrating other perspectives, experiences, and realities to yourself and others.
We are living in a moment in which people are fighting for survival. We long for feelings of safety and security, for predictable outcomes and strategic plans that respond to the volatile, insane, and sometimes downright hostile conditions of 2020.
Each year, NAA recognizes the Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders—showcasing young emerging leaders who have a proven passion for professional development and demonstrate influence and efforts to elevate the field.
A little over a month after COVID-19 was characterized as a global pandemic, the University of Pittsburgh School of Education and United Way's Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time partnered to address the question:
The Science of Learning and Development (SoLD) Alliance uses SoLD as a driver for equity and excellence in the education ecosystem, ensuring all youth can realize their potential to thrive in school and life (SoLD Alliance, 2019).