Questions, Comments, or Corrections? Let us know!


Relationships21st CCLC


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

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.


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.

Edutopia Resources for Social and Emotional Learning
Studies show that sustained and well-integrated social and emotional learning (SEL) engages students and improves achievement. Explore this collection of video case studies Edutopia has produced shared through MSPnet.

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.