Youth Today and the National AfterSchool Association will partner to present a series of short webinars developed specifically to advance promising practices for Out of School Time (OST) practitioners in the next year.
The project will provide four webinars in the next year under the umbrella, “Engaging Youth in Language and Literacy During the Out-of-School Time.” Some topics will include “Using the Arts to Engage Children and Youth in Language and Literacy” and “Using Sports Debates as a Way to Engage Children and Youth in Language and Literacy.”
In addition, the National AfterSchool Association will develop a series of Google Hangouts for researchers, policymakers and practitioners about critical issues in OST. The dialogues will be available to the general public via YouTube.
Youth Today is also building an OST Research and Resource Hub. The Hub and first webinar are targeted to launch in November 2014. The partnership projects are underwritten by the Robert Bowne Foundation.
“Now people will come to the Youth Today website, get news, commentary and, thanks to the NAA partnership, training,” said Lena Townsend, executive director of the Foundation in New York. “Thanks to the OST Hub, they will have access to research and resources. All these elements will add up to a complete learning experience for anyone who works with children and youth during their out of school time.”
For more information, see the press release.