After School Program Resources
Help Youth Continue Learning…after 3 pm
Time in school matters – but so does time spent out of school. How that time is spent can make the difference in a youth graduating from high school or not. Research shows that for low resource youth, engagement in additional learning opportunities – either through an organized programs, care by a neighbor, or the support of an engaged volunteer or mentor make a difference.
Those who either work, mentor, or volunteer with youth after 3pm can depend on this site to share best practices in out of school time.
Tips to Make an After School Program Successful
Ann Torbert shared these tips and resources when she presented "Head Story Teller - Learning the Basics of Evaluation" at the 2013 National Conference on Summer Learning hosted by the National Summer Learning Association.
Ten Transition or Wait Time Games
Transitions are tough for kids. Use these ideas from the National After School Association.
How to Deal with a Difficult Student
Working with some youth can leave those who care about them frustrated. Check out this site that looks at how to deal with defiant students.
Meeting Youth Needs
Use this tip sheet for strategies when settling up your after school program so all your kids will be successful.
Tools to Evaluate your After School Program
Autographs Group Ice Breaker (Email Ann if you would like an editable form of this document.)
This activity is a great way to get adults/kids talking. Having something for people to do helps them focus and be engaged in what you are sharing.
Logic Model Template (editable Microsoft Word document)
Use this to organize your thoughts around evaluation. Good logic models help evaluations happen in an easy manner.
Evaluation Planning Template (editable Microsoft Word document)
Use this to think through who to share your results, style of tool to create, and what format your results will be distributed.
Evaluation Tips (editable Microsoft Word document)
Use this to enrich your knowledge of research based resources in the area of youth evaluation.
Drawings as Evaluation
Reflect and Improve:
This is a toolkit for engaging youth and adults as partners in program evaluation .
Social Capital Evaluation with Youth (ripple effect mapping)
Examples from a Successful After School Program
This was used by summer staff as a way to collect stories of daily success shown by our students.
This was used to show progress of individual students when teaching them swimming skills.
This tool was shared with parents in our program as a way to hear from them. Think about strategies you will use to collect your data from parents. Parents tend to be a challenging audience to collect large samples.
Summer Student Evaluation
We used the student survey with our older students to hear their opinions. We used it collect information not relating to attendance or behaviors.
Social Skills Survey
This was a tool created by summer staff, site director and 4-H Youth Specialist. We wanted a way to measure student growth during summer learning. Youth were evaluated 3 times during the summer program by the same staff member.
Make sure to check with your 21st Century Community Learning Center grant leaders or building principals for suggestions on surveying teachers. Questions to use for surveying teachers look at – student helpfulness in the classroom, academic progress, social skill progress, organizational skills (keeping track of supplies).
The partner survey was created to help us as an organization learn what we should change in our practices of working with others on projects in the community.
Get Families Involved
These are some great tips from the National AfterSchool Association on how to engage families in an after school program.
You for Youth
They have a great template to share when it comes to creating a family guide book for your program!
Encourage time for Breakfast
Family Meal Ideas to Connect Kids and Parents
Spend Smart Eat Smart is a great resource to link parents to.
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