After School Program Resources

Help Youth Continue Learning...after 3pm

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.

On Their Own & OK

This program is designed for youth in 4th-6th grade to stay home before or afterschool for short amounts of time.  The program is available as a training workshop for participants to direct deliver to youth. Application for DHS licensure credit for staff training has been submitted. 

Curriculum, Parent Guide, and Program Leader's Guide for On Their Own & OK can be found on our extension store.



Freezing Sandwiches
Healthy Snacks for Kids
Recipe Basics
Involving Children in the Kitchen
Reading a Food Label


Healthy Living Resources for Youth

Powerpoint from November 2015 sharing healthy living ideas with 4-H clubs and out of school environments

Cooking With Kids November 2015 Youth Fest Presentation

Recipes from Youth Fest 2015

Kids in the Kitchen Outline- features produce used for each week and take home ideas


Healthy Living Arts/ Crafts Ideas

Sweet Potato - Stories in Motion
Sweet Potato - Garden Scene Note Card

Strawberry - Decorated Garden Bags

Sugar Snap Peas - Row Marker

How to Make a Seed Tape


On-site Staff/Volunteer Development Workshops

Summer is right around the corner full of wonderful opportunities in our county for all of our kids. Kids deserve to interact with highly skilled volunteers and paid staff – one way to ensure this is through high quality professional development. If your program works with youth in summer, and you would like to enhance your current staff/volunteer training, consider this hosting a session.  This opportunity is open to all who work with school age kids – sports groups, faith-based groups and youth development agencies.
To register for an on-site workshop, download and complete registration form, then contact Ann to complete your registration.

Tips to Make an After School Program Successful

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.

Positive Behavior Begins and Ends with Good Relationships
Use these suggestions as part of staff development for your new members.

Tips on Technology

Technology used well can add to your local 4-H program or afterschool program.  Remember, to have appropriate social media releases before using Facebook Live or Periscope.   Here is a quick slide series to get you started!  If you have questions, please let me know!  Happy to help!

Tools to Evaluate your After School Program

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.

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 tools to create, and what format your results will be distributed. 
Evaluation Tips
(editable Microsoft Word document)
Use this to enrich your knowledge of research of 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)

After School Program Kids Thank You

Examples from a Successful After School Program
Eureka Notebook
This was used by summer staff as a way to collect stories of daily success shown by our students.
Swimming Rubric
This was used to show progress of  individual students when teaching them swimming skills.
Parent Survey
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.
Teacher Survey
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).
Parent Survey

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.

Family Involvement

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
Family Meal Ideas to Connect Kids and Parents
Spend Smart Eat Smart is a great resource to link parents to.

4-H Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

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