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10 Tips for Affirming Diversity and Supporting Equity in New After School Programs
This California Tomorrow resource offers tips for new programs for effectively serving all children and families. 

Afterschool: The Challenges of Recruiting and Retaining Older Youth
This Afterschool Alliance brief addresses recruiting and retaining older youth in afterschool programs. 

Assessing School Engagement: A Guide for Out of School Time Program Practitioners
This Child Trends' brief provides a guide for afterschool programs to assess and enhance student engagement. 

Challenges and Opportunities in After-School Programs: Lessons for Policymakers and Funders
This brief report discusses issues that policymakers need to think through when shaping their after-school initiatives. (See pages 9-10)

Exploring Quality in Afterschool Programs for Middle School Students
This Harvard Family Research Project brief describes some of the key issues and challenges in providing quality programs for middle school-age youth and discusses how program quality standards can be used to improve them.

Making the Case: Quality Afterschool Programs Matter
This brief provided by the Massachusetts Special Commission on AfterSchool and Out-of-School Time reviews key characteristics and features of high quality afterschool programs.

The Tutor: Connecting With Kids, Communication Strategies for Volunteers
This issue aims to provide national service and volunteer tutors and mentors with strategies for and practical examples of effective communication, with an emphasis on developing positive self-esteem in children and youth served.

School Connectedness: Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors Among Youth
This Healthy Schools Healthy Youth publication provides six strategies that teachers, administrators, other school staff, and parents can implement to increase the extent to which students feel connected to school. 

Quality Time After School: What Instructors Can Do To Enhance Learning
This report builds on existing knowledge of what constitutes engaging afterschool programs and details key characteristics linked to youth engagement and learning.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This section of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website is dedicated to school connectedness and offers a strategy guide, fact sheets and staff development tools.

You for Youth: Strengthening Partnerships
This website, developed by the U.S. Department of Education, will help you connect and share resources with your colleagues, provide professional development and technical assistance opportunities, and offer tools for improving your afterschool program practices.


Positive Youth Development (Part 1 30 minutes)
Michelle Krehbiel, UNL Extension 4-H Youth Development,
This webinar defines and give a basic overview of positive youth development (PYD). PYD theories such as the Developmental Assets and the 4-H Essential Elements are discussed and practical applications of PYD are presented to assist staff in implementing PYD in afterschool programming.

Youth as Resources (Part 2 30 minutes)
Michelle Krehbiel, UNL Extension 4-H Youth Development
Youth can be an under used resource in afterschool programs. This webinar discusses the importance and benefits of youth/adult partnerships and provides examples of how to implement youth/adult partnerships in afterschool programming.