Research suggests structured, strengths-based afterschool programs that are coordinated with schools and communities and staffed with knowledgeable and competent adults are ideal settings to promote positive experiences and youth social and emotional development.
Want to learn more about how to be supportive and inclusive of LGBTQ youth? Eileen Wise, a youth development specialist at Penn State Better Kid Care and primary author of the PYD series, shares four things to keep in mind.
To build the capacity of the afterschool field, it's important for afterschool professionals and leaders to understand the variety of career pathways and opportunities available to them. Heidi Ham, NAA VP of Programs and Strategy, sat down with Tania Tauer, Ph.D., and asked her to share the story of her afterschool career path to date.
The NAA Convention is an incredible four days, bringing together afterschool professionals and leaders for networking, learning and inspiration.
Program staff are an afterschool program's greatest asset, yet many programs do not budget adequately for staff development.
Research shows it: Quality afterschool programs make positive impacts on youth and well-prepared staff contribute to program quality.