Professional Development

NAA publishes fresh, new content every week covering a wide variety of topics related to the field of aftershool. Be sure to check in regularly.

Keeping Afterschool Students Active and Engaged in Virtual and Socially Distanced Environments

Tuesday, 13 October 2020 10:39

Your creativity is working overtime to recreate fun afterschool programs and activities in our new normal. Making it all work means:

Inspiring Empathy in Programs and Communities During a Global Pandemic

Tuesday, 13 October 2020 10:32

How We Can Help Support Those We Serve Who've Been Diagnosed with COVID-19

Empathy Matters

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:16

Youth workers continuously shift focus and learn new skills to accommodate the latest trends in youth development research.

Self-Management Skills Youth Need to Accomplish Goals, Overcome Obstacles and Succeed

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:10

One of the most challenging aspects of the pandemic for youth is the change in their weekly structure—or lack thereof. The good news?

Next Gen Leaders: Where Are They Now? AJ Frigillana

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 00:00

When AJ Frigillana first received the news she was being honored as part of the 2019 class of NAA's Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders, she was filled with immeasurable joy and gratitude.

Powerful Trauma-Sensitive Practices You Need to Know

Monday, 28 September 2020 17:26

American youth are in the midst of a psychological crisis.

I Do, You Do, We Do.

Monday, 28 September 2020 17:21

Tasha Franklin Johnson, Ph.D., Senior Director, Character Development Learning Institute, YMCA of the USA, firmly believes there's a strong partnership between teaching within the classroom and the afterschool space.

Adapt to Employee Behaviors, Combat Turnover

Monday, 28 September 2020 17:18

Turnover is a perennial problem within the afterschool workforce, with national turnover rates for afterschool professionals ranging between 30% and 40%.

4 Things an Agent of Hope Can Do Amid COVID-19

Monday, 21 September 2020 13:45

Wow! We find ourselves as educators and practitioners in a very unfamiliar place.

Walking in the Footsteps of Others: Coaching for Empathy Excellence in Action

Monday, 21 September 2020 12:13

At the YMCA, empathy is defined as accepting, relating, and integrating other perspectives, experiences, and realities to yourself and others.

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