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4 Keys to Engaging Community Partners to Grow Your OST Program

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | 1:00 - 1:45 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)

Out-of-school-time (OST) programs benefit from community support, and engaging with community partners is a critical part of any program's funding sustainability plan. Knowing what information to share and how to engage community partners in a meaningful way can be challenging.

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Let's Talk the Future of Afterschool

Thursday, May 13, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For NAA Executive members only

With so much changing so fast, the most in-demand jobs and skills of today may be obsolete by the time our youngest become adults. For kids to be ready for this new reality, they must acquire four critical "currencies" that will serve them well, whatever their future holds. The May 13—Let's Talk the Future of Afterschool conversation—is sure to be a lively one as Stephanie Krauss, author of the recently published book "Making It: What Today's Kids Need for Tomorrow's World" joins NAA President & CEO, Gina Warner, to discuss what kids (and the adults that work with them) need to be prepared for today’s world and what this means for afterschool and youth development programs and professionals.

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Podcast Club: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know

Friday, May 14, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For NAA Executive members only

Adam Grant, researcher and author, whose work focuses on generosity, motivation and meaningful work states, "If knowledge is power, knowing what we don't know is wisdom.” In the "This Working Life" podcast, host Lisa Leong talks with Grant about the critical nature of how questioning your beliefs, rethinking or even unlearning are key skills in today’s rapidly changing work environment. Listen to the podcast beforehand and come ready to connect in conversation with the NAA Podcast Club community.

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Strategies for Site Level Success: Resourcing Multilingual Learners (three-part series)

May 20, June 10 and July 22, 2021 | 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. ET OR 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET
For NAA Executive members only

The highly-rated Multilingual Learner (ML) Training Series, facilitated by CalSAC, an NAA State Affiliate, is designed to strengthen your capacity to deliver intentional and inclusive programming that supports young people in developing language skills and learning English. This series was created with continuity in mind, so each training builds on the concepts of the training prior, and the series is most impactful if participants attend all three sessions. Each training session will be offered twice so participants can pick the time that works best for them.

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Coaching Conversations: Reflection Art

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For NAA Executive members only

As this school year draws to a close and the end of the pandemic feels nearer, it’s a great time to reflect on the challenges, successes, and lessons you’ve learned. NAA President and CEO Gina Warner will lead you in a hands-on art activity that allows you to tap into the emotional experiences you’ve encountered, while allowing you to draw strength and learn from the activity itself. You’ll leave with a beautiful piece of art—and an easy activity you can share with your colleagues or students.

There is some advance preparation required: Please come with a cardboard cut out of a heart (about 6-8 inches across would work well). It can be painted or not. You'll also need a piece of paper, a pen, scissors, and some ribbon and/or yarn.

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Podcast Club: Out of Emotional Bandwidth? How to Prevent Compassion Fatigue

Friday, June 25, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For NAA Executive members only

Some people who continuously care for others – like afterschool professionals and leaders - burn out and experience compassion fatigue, a very real and natural psychological phenomenon. This is very natural reaction to stressors includes fatigue, irritability, loss of meaning, dread about work, and emotional numbing, however there are proven positive strategies we can use to protect ourselves. In this episode of Savvy Psychologist, Dr. Jade Wu shares signs of compassion fatigue along with concrete coping strategies. Listen to the podcast and then join the NAA Podcast Club Community for discussion. Come prepared to share your thoughts about what you heard and learned!

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Coaching Conversations: Essential Reading List for Nonprofit Leaders

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For NAA Executive members only

What are the books that have helped you grow both personally and professionally over the course of your career? Come with a book to recommend—and leave with a full list of great reading recs from your colleagues!

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