One key responsibility of out-of-school time programs is to foster youth success in school, work, and life. Youth need a variety of important skills to be ready for the workplace, including strong social and… read more →
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has released a new tool to help middle and high schools address secondary students’ need for effective social and emotional learning.
Most of this learning happens informally, rather than in a class, making OST programs important to this development!
Research has shown that noncognitive skills are as important for academic performance as are cognitive abilities, and that these traits positively predict performance, behavior, and satisfaction in work life. A Rosetta Stone for Noncognitive Skills describes the Big Five Factors for Understanding, Assessing, and Enhancing Noncognitive Skills in Primary and Secondary Education.
Afterschool Matters is a national, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship and consciousness in the field of afterschool education. The journal serves those involved in developing and managing programs for youth during the out-of-school time hours and those engaged in research and in shaping youth development policy.
The Role Models Matter Project is a collaborative effort among Techbridge, the Society of Women Engineers, the National Girls Collaborative Project and Girl Scout Councils to bring resources to role models and girl-serving organizations.
The role model guide and toolkit provide suggestions and guidance on planning successful activities and provide resources including sample hands-on activities, icebreaker activities, and agendas.
This self-esteem activity guide has been created to help girls 10–14 develop positive self-esteem. In particular, it encourages girls to look at body confidence and how this influences their attitudes, both to themselves and others. Each topic is introduced with a practical, engaging activity to make this resource suitable for youth groups and after school programs.