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II. Positive Relationships

Afterschool Quality Standard

Key Principle:

Positive Relationships

Youth benefit from the positive relationships and interactions that are promoted, developed, nurtured and maintained by the program staff and volunteers.

  1. All interactions reflect a culture of mutual respect, support and belonging.
  2. Verbal and physical interactions amongst youth are positive and respectful.
  3. Youth work together and support one another’s success.
  4. Staff and volunteers model cooperation, conflict resolution and positive relationships with each other.
  5. The relationships between staff, volunteers, youth and families are consistent, supportive, nurturing and recognize individual needs.
  6. Staff and volunteers treat youth with respect and listen to what they say.
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Examples of the Standard in Practice:

  • Youth have opportunities to celebrate the accomplishments and strengths of their peers.
  • When youth have a conflict with each other, they are able to resolve it without a physical altercation.
  • Staff, volunteers, and families routinely share information about how to support individual youth development.
  • The program and schedule are structured so that youth, staff, and volunteers have the opportunity to develop close, sustained relationships with each other.
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