Resource Database

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The Illinois Quality Afterschool team has created this resource database to help you and your staff provide high-quality 21st CCLC programming. Browse or search the database to find the latest information on afterschool research, best practices, tools, conference proceedings, policy briefs, professional development tools, and activities.

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Why the Adolescent Brain Should Be Revered, Not Feared
This article from ExpandEd Schools by TASC summarizes some of the research on adolescent brains. It explains what happens to the brain during adolescence and what types of discipline policies, schedules, and programming work best for adolescents.

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Diverse Learners
Wild Bird Club
The Wild Bird Club website features informative articles, Bird Brains Bird Identification Quizzes, a bird of the month feature—and several live bird cams! Supported by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and the Pennington bird food company, the site’s offerings include activities for beginner, intermediate, and advanced bird lovers, as well as free newsletters from the Wild Bird Club and the Cornell Lab.

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Academic Enrichment
Working With School Districts, Other Community Partners
Most afterschool programs share space and resources with a school district or community organization. This resource from the National AfterSchool Association discusses how afterschool practitioners can improve collaboration and communication with the organizations with whom they share resources. The article provides strategies for communication and emphasizes the benefits of working with community partners, even in challenging situations.

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Program Management
Y4Y Showcase: College and Career Readiness
This webinar recording from You for Youth presents tools, resources, and implementation strategies of the portal’s new course on college and career readiness. The strategies are designed to help afterschool practitioners and the students they serve move college and career readiness into practice, including setting goals and keeping projects focused on student needs.

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College and Career Readiness
You for Youth College and Career Readiness Resources
Provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st CCLC web portal, this You for Youth online professional learning course explores ways to incorporate college and career readiness into 21st CCLC afterschool and summer programs. Learn how to use existing activities to build and reinforce skills, work with stakeholders to strengthen your program, tap into various funding sources, and help families become more informed.

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College and Career Readiness
Youth Civic Engagement Programs
Afterschool civic engagement programs offer learning experiences that benefit students, the afterschool program, and society as a whole. This article from the National AfterSchool Association outlines steps your team can take to implement a civic engagement program in your afterschool program.

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Academic Enrichment
Youth Running Clubs
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation offers three easy steps to help afterschool program staff create a campus running club for youth. The steps are based on a running club the alliance launched with Edison Elementary, a school in San Diego that joined the Healthy Schools Program in 2014. With 99% of the student population eligible for free and reduced lunch, organizers point out the club is not expensive or time-consuming for staff or parent volunteers.

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Diverse Learners

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Five Ways to Build Strong Relationships with Families

In a fast-paced culture, where families are busy and sometimes overwhelmed with job and school responsibilities, family engagement is still important. National AfterSchool Association’s professional development series, Talk Tuesday, offers new materials to guide an afterschool staff training session on family engagement. This resource focuses on five quick techniques that help afterschool practitioners build strong relationships with families.
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You for Youth College and Career Readiness Resources

Provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st CCLC web portal, this You for Youth online professional learning course explores ways to incorporate college and career readiness into 21st CCLC afterschool and summer programs. Learn how to use existing activities to build and reinforce skills, work with stakeholders to strengthen your program, tap into various funding sources, and help families become more informed.
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