Network for Youth Success Digest- May 2016
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Network for Youth Success Digest

May 2016

Network for Youth Success News


Statewide STEM Networks Convene in Portland, OR to Share Successes, Methods

The Network for Youth Success joined representatives from 29 other states in Portland, OR earlier this month to promote the power of expanded learning time and increase opportunities for youth to engage in STEM activities outside of the school day. Oregon ASK, Oregon's statewide afterschool network, hosted speakers and workshops related to building networks and systems to support youth involvement in STEM activities. 

Back in New York, the Network for Youth Success is focusing on three regions to launch their efforts: Rochester, Broome-Tioga Counties, and the Capital District. STEM Coordinator Timothy Fowler is working with Regional Networks in each of these areas to connect them to STEM resources, including local organizations that are also interested in getting more youth involved in STEM opportunities. This work involves professional development for afterschool programs on STEM implementation, and also involves connecting businesses, universities, and other institutions directly to youth programs to support STEM activities. If you'd like to get involved, contact Timothy

Policy Updates


2016 Afterschool for All Challenge 

The Network for Youth Success was in Washington D.C. this past week to advocate on behalf of afterschool programs in New York and across the country. With the fiscal year 2017 budget appropriation talks heating up, we were there primarily to highlight the importance of investing $1.3 billion in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, fully funding Title IV Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) at $1.65 billion, building support for the Summer Meals Act of 2015 in the Child Nutrition Reauthorization process, and increasing the Child Care Development Fund by $1.2 billion to support states in implementing new health and safety standards. You can find more information on each of these asks here.

Our group from New York was able to meet with 14 members of New York’s congressional delegation this year, including the offices of Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand, to share the funding asks and highlight the work of afterschool programs in the members' districts. The Network for Youth Success was joined by Tom Phillips, Superintendent of Watkins Glen School District, Marcel Braithwaite of the Police Athletic League of New York City, and Jennifer Fee of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 

Special thanks to the following offices for meeting with us to discuss 21st CCLC, STEM in afterschool, summer meals, and the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF).

Congressman Chris Collins
Congressman Brian Higgins
Congressman John Katko 
Congresswoman Nita Lowey
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
Congressman Gregory Meeks
Congressman Tom Reed
Congressman Jose Serrano
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
Congressman Paul Tonko
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez
Senator Charles Schumer
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

PAL NYC's Marcel Braithwaite and the Network for Youth Success' Alli Lidie meet with Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez in Washington D.C. 

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QSA Tip of the Month

Measuring Outcomes & Evaluation

As the school year wraps up and your afterschool programs are ending or transitioning to summer programs, it is the perfect time to reflect on your practices for measuring outcomes and evaluation. Whether you have funders that require reports on certain measurements or specific evaluations, or you determine your own evaluation strategy to ensure your program is making progress towards your mission and goals, it is important to consider how measuring outcomes and evaluation fit into your overall program practices. 
So, how do you measure outcomes for your participants? Pre- and post- tests, grades, attendance, and test scores are commonly used, and the Partnership for After School Education's
Youth Program Outcomes Inventory provides a host of other measures and tools. 
And how do you create a full evaluation plan to not only examine your program's effectiveness, but to also make adjustments based on your results? These questions are answered in this guide
, Afterschool Evaluation 101: How to Evaluate an Expanded Learning Program.

Resource of the Month


Find a Summer Job on Afterschool Pathfinder

While the school year may be winding down, providers are gearing up for summer programs across the state. As part of this gear up, many providers are in need of additional staff to serve the many participants who will be taking part in summer programs. If you’re looking for a summer job, be sure to check our Afterschool Pathfinder today!

STEM Corner


Coding in Afterschool

If you have access to computers, including tablets, laptops, or even a computer lab, then you can explore computer science! But did you know that you can develop programming skills without a computer? Unplugged activities allow those with limited computer time or access to develop these skills. This unplugged activity, from Thinkersmith, is one example. There is even a website dedicated to computer science without a computer: In addition, has other educator resources, including activities and videos. 

Finally, the Afterschool Alliance has a
 resource sheet just for computer science in afterschool.

Field Resources, Tools, and Research

New Wallace Foundation Website
The Wallace Foundation has recently updated their website, making it more user friendly and easier to find the quality afterschool, summer learning, and expanded learning research the foundation is known for. As summer is just around the corner, be sure to check out some of the Wallace Foundation's research on summer learning, available here.
The Big Secret of Culturally Relevant Teaching
Zachary Miller of the American Youth Policy Forum shares the important role afterschool programs play in promoting culturally relevant teaching. The article takes a look at how the culturally relevant curriculum available to the afterschool field can help classroom teachers understand the needs of diverse student populations, particularly as our classrooms continue to become more and more diverse. The full article is available here.
Measuring and Understanding Authentic Youth Engagement 
Increasing youth engagement among afterschool and summer participants is often a key goal of these programs. While youth-adult partnerships (Y-AP) are not a new trend in the afterschool field, there are many benefits to empowering youth to work with adults as peers. Research shows that programs using a Y-AP model can provide youth with diverse and meaningful roles such as becoming youth council members, activity leaders, or program representatives in community events. Additional research has also found that these experiences help to facilitate the development of youth autonomy. More information on the Y-AP model can be found in the Youth-Adult Partnership Rubric here.

Spotlight on Expanded Learning Opportunities in New York and Beyond


Capital Region Extended Learning Opportunities (CRELO) School-Community Partnership Forum

On May 16, members of the CRELO regional network and representatives from Capital Region school districts came together at the Capital District YMCA in Albany for a forum on improving school-community partnerships between community based organizations (CBO) and the schools they operate in. Dr. Ken Anthony of the Connecticut After School Network presented his research on effective school-community partnerships and helped group participants work through ways to build upon their current partnerships to better serve students during the school day and afterschool. Attendees participated in different strategy sessions, including brainstorming ways to increase communication efforts between teachers, afterschool program directors, and principals, particularly around creating formal communication structures between teachers and the CBO’s through regular check-ins.

This forum was a culmination of The Network for Youth Success' efforts to support the Capital Region network, through a grant from the Troy Savings Bank Chartiable Foundation, and we look forward to seeing the collaborative efforts that result from these meetings. If you’re in the Capital Region and would like to participate in the CRELO network, please email Arti Bhoge.

For more information on school-community partnerships, check out School-Community Partnerships: A Guidebook on Designing an Expanded Learning Time Program from the Network for Youth Success.

Upcoming Events

6/9/16: 2nd Annual Girls’ Leadership Summit
PowerPlay, a member of the STARS Citywide Girls Initiative, will be hosting a day-long all-girls youth summit for middle and high school girls on June 9th (Chancellor's Day) to celebrate the end of the school year and highlight the program’s participants. The celebration will include performances, keynote speakers, workshops, and an exhibition hall where a college and healthy living resource fair will take place. The event is free and will take place from 9:30am – 3:00pm at Regis High in New York City. RSVP information can be found here.  
6/9: Strengthening Police-Youth Relationships: A Presentation by the Youth Justice Board
Join the Youth Justice Board for a presentation on the work they’ve done over the past year to improve police-youth relationships and how they have successfully transformed police precinct rooms where arrested juveniles are held. The presentation will be held of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and begins at 5:00pm. RSVP information can be found here
6/20-6/22: Family and Community Engagement Conference- Owning Our Movement, Maximizing Our Impact
The 2016 Family and Community Engagement Conference is heading to Pittsburgh, PA from June 20-22. This year’s conference will be focused on supporting all stakeholders, including parents, students, teachers, and school district administrators, in their commitments to family and community engagement. More information can be found here.

6/26-6/29: 2016 Reaching the Wounded Student Conference
The 2016 Reaching the Wounded Student Conference will be held in Kissimmee, Florida from June 26-29, 2016. The conference will focus on helping educators identify and treat students who are suffering from trauma. More information on the conference, including registration information, can be found here

6/27-6/29: Positive Youth Development Institute
The 2016 Positive Youth Development Institute will be held at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, ME from June 27-29. This conference is open to all and is designed for providers from all states in the northeast. Visit the conference webpage for more information.

6/30 (Workshop Proposal Deadline): Beyond School Hours National Conference
The deadline to submit workshop proposals to present at the 20th annual Beyond School Hours conference will be June 30, 2016. Workshop topics being considered for next year’s conference include family engagement, summer learning, program quality improvement, STEM and project based learning, literacy, and college and career readiness. The application can be found here.

7/28: PASE @ PACE Conference
The Partnership for After School Education annual conference for afterschool and summer program staff in New York City will be held July 28th at Pace University in New York City. More information is available here

9/22-9/23: 2016 Transition Age Youth Institute!
This year’s Transition Age Youth Institute will be held in Saratoga Springs, NY and will include workshops on topics including:
  • Emerging Trends and Practices with School Systems
  • Community Inclusion Strategies
  • Partnerships and Collaborations - Who with and How is it Being Done?
  • Developing Transition Plans & Practices
  • Peer Advocacy and Mentoring
  • WIOA and Youth Focused Opportunities
  • Transitioning Youth from School to Other Services
  • Respite for Youth
  • After-School Supports for Youth with Disabilities
More information is available here.

10/2-10/5/16: 2016 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference
Afterschool programs play a crucial role in addressing chronic absenteeism and student dropout rates. Join other educators in Detroit, MI from October 2-5, 2016 to learn new strategies on combating and reducing dropouts among youth. You can find more information on the conference webpage.

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