Creating Program Pride: Organization and Community Culture

Included in this strand are sessions that examine how programs can create a system of shared assumptions, values, beliefs, and protocols that contribute to overall student success, staff buy-in, and school, family, and community engagement.

8 Habits of Highly Effective Afterschool Leaders

Mike and Chelsea Ashcraft, Children’s Choice

Explore the traits, passions, and habits required to be a highly effective afterschool leader. These 8 habits are essential for afterschool professionals leading kids, mentoring colleagues, or supervising staff. Come investigate these powerful elements and learn practical approaches to enhance these traits and transform yourself and others into extraordinary afterschool leaders.

Grades K-8


A More Perfect Union Café

Sarita Sashington and Dena Chapman, Be Strong Families

Organized around the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors, this café mobilizes shared civic values of peace, freedom, prosperity, safety, justice, and healing to assist parents in talking to their children about difficult issues and brainstorming how to keep their families safe. In this session, participants will be engaged in the small-group conversation process that promotes peer-to-peer learning and self-reflection. Learn how to get a successful Café effort launched in your program.

Grades 9-12


Accurate Reporting: The Right Information to Tell Your Program’s Success Story

Robin Mattaini, Eleyo

When it comes to reporting the success of your program, what are some of the best ways to gather information? Join Eleyo as we explore different ways to get the information you need to show how successful your program is.

Grades K-12


Art of the Remix – Building Culture and Pride in Programs

JoAnna Rozier-Johnson, JoRo Organizing

This session will introduce attendees to engaging activities and methods to building a program culture or restructuring a program’s climate by instilling pride and a sense of community in all students and staff. It is designed to help youth development workers and supervisors tap into their creative sides and resourcefulness to practice the “Art of the Remix.” This workshop is reflective, high energy, requires thinking, and needs attendees to actively participate. It’s not for the ordinary worker. It is for those who want EXTRAordinary pride and culture built into your extended-learning-time program.

Grades K-12


Blending Culture and Community

Angela Thomas, 21st CCLC – Honokaʻa School Complex, Hawaiʻi; Te Benioni and Stasia Nauka, Kanu o ka ʻĀina Learning ʻOhana; Chelsea LaFrance, Friends of the Future; and Art Souza, Hawaii Department of Education

This workshop will describe a partnership between two 21st CCLC programs, from a rural community, that came together to provide richer summer programming for our community. The two programs differ in that one is a Hawaiian culture-based public charter school and the other was written for an entire DOE school complex. By sharing resources, teachers and staffing, we eliminated competition and increased collaboration ultimately benefiting the students and their families. Learn how this partnership led to the largest summer program enrollment in the area.

Grades K-8


College Preparation the Key to Student Success

Stephen Jones, Villanova University/SAJ Publishing

Dr. Stephen Jones will provide an interactive workshop that will enhance each participant’s knowledge of how to prepare their high school students for college success. Participants will be involved in hands-on activities and group discussions about students’ college preparation habits. It takes a village to prepare a student for college success.

Grades 9-12


Connecting the Dots: Managing Your Program

Monique McDowell and Dave McConnell

Whether you are new or an experienced OST provider, the U.S. Department of Education’s You for Youth (Y4Y) portal has something from you! Join members of the Technical Assistance Team as they help you connect the dots of program planning. From assessing needs, to staffing and recruiting students, from start to finish, Y4Y has hundreds of tools and resources will help you plan and facilitate a successful 21st CCLC program.

Grades K-12


Connecting to Your Program’s Needs: Recruiting and Retaining Staff

Jenn Conner and Dave McConnell, Foundations, Inc.

Great programs begin with a great team. In this workshop geared towards new directors and site coordinators, learn how to identify your needs and create job postings and descriptions to help fill the gaps in your program. Gain training tools and resources to understand employee’s strengths and areas of growth after you’ve hired the right candidate to set your team up for continued success!

Grades: K-12


Engaging Families and Communities with Summer and Afterschool Meals

Clarissa Hayes, Food Research and Action Center

Did you know that there are federal nutrition programs that provide funding to programs to serve meals and snacks to children when the school day ends? These programs are critical for supporting children’s health and academic achievement while also drawing more children into afterschool activities. Join this session to learn how the programs work and how you can get started serving meals this year!

Grades K-12

#SummerMeals and #AfterschoolMeals

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About 21st CCLC!

Hershawna Turner and Allyson Bullock

Have you ever wondered when the 21st CCLC program began? Or where the acronyms come from? Or which laws or regulations you need to pay attention to? Join the U.S. Department of Education’s You for Youth (Y4Y) Technical Assistance Team as they help you answer those questions and more while walking through the program’s history, as well as the benefits and the importance of following the laws, regulations and guidance when planning, designing and sustaining your 21st CCLC program.

Grades K-12


Experience Speed Stacks Skillastics – A Movement-Based Group Activity

Matt Burk, Speed Stacks, Inc.

Speed stacks uses sport stacking to promote movement, physical fitness, the development of motor skills, and the enjoyment of physical activity. This session combines basic stacking patterns and fitness activities using lessons from the NEW Speed Stacks Instructor’s Guide. Participants will learn how to stack and will gain the knowledge of how to incorporate this unique sport into their daily physical education activities. Featured activities include fitness exercises, individual and partner challenges, and fun relays. Combined with fitness and team-building activities, sports stacking provides fun and creative ways to reach students of all athletic abilities.

Grades K-12


Faith Community and School Partnerships

W. Wilson Goode, Amachi Mentoring

This workshop will present step by step processes by which schools can engage faith-based organizations including churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, etc. It will also cover how faith leaders can engage schools.

Grades K-12


Focusing Federal Funding to Develop Program Pride

Erik Peterson, Afterschool Alliance: and Tiffany Miller, Communities in Schools

Did you know that the latest federal education legislation includes several funding streams that can help support your afterschool or summer learning program? Did you know other education, human services and related federal funding streams and programs can be leveraged to strengthen your program? Did you know that states are holding schools accountable for factors on which afterschool and summer learning programs have a direct impact? Participants will leave this workshop with the knowledge and tools needed to partner with their schools and school districts and community-based organizations to take advantage of a variety of federal opportunities to sustain and grow their programs.

Grades K-12


Get in the Game! Building Family Connections that Win!

Michelle Owens and Jonathan Wallace, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

It’s no secret that parents have a significant impact on their children’s success. So how do our programs empower parents to reinforce the goals you are trying to achieve? Unfortunately, the parent handbook isn’t enough. This session includes practical strategies you can use to promote and build positive relationships with families.

Grades K-12


Growing Great Staff: Creating a Culture of Commitment

Mike and Chelsea Ashcraft, Children’s Choice

Do you want some powerful and practical strategies you can use to create a system of shared values, increase staff buy-in, and improve staff performance? In this session, we will share our best tips and techniques that have been proven to be effective at creating a positive and productive organizational culture, resulting in being named a Top 5 Workplace in New Mexico six years in a row! We will share our best secrets that have helped reduce turnover, increase program and organizational pride, and facilitate strong and positive relationships among our staff.

Grades K-12


Hire for Attitude – Train for Skill

Randy Mehrten, Central Valley After School Foundation; and Mike Snell, California /Teaching Fellows Foundation

Today, many Fortune 500 companies employ the adage, “hire for attitude, train for skill.” In the after school world, this means ditching the traditional job interview and employing techniques to find the best “real models – not role models” your community has to offer.

Grades 4-12

#Hire Right!

How Marietta Community Schools Fixed Inefficiencies in Reporting, Invoicing, and Program Management

Robin Mattaini, Eleyo; Kristen Felix, and Jennifer Marletta, Marietta School District

Marietta Community Schools had created their own homegrown software solution in 1999 and at the time it worked great. As the school system grew, it outgrew the software. Systems were no longer speaking to each other making reporting a nightmare. Join us as we discuss how implementing Eleyo’s new technology made reporting, invoicing, and program management easier.

Grades K-12


iGen, Digital Natives, & HOMELANDERS: What Every Provider N2K About “Gen Z”

Eric Rowles and Fred Baker, Leading to Change

Move over Millennials, we’re talking about the first generation BORN into digital technology (after 2002). They are a generation that does not know life without Homeland Security, iPads, cell phones, and even SnapChat. And this generation fills our classrooms and playgrounds… while their Millennial and Gen X parents and caretakers navigate a whole new world of internet safety, youth culture, and academic accountability. Don’t miss this cutting edge and rapid-paced workshop as we dive into the trends and mindset of our next group of young people – Generation Z!

Grades K-12


Impact Charleston: Leveraging Community Resources to Close the Opportunity Gap

Rachel James and Frances Welch, College of Charleston; and Lauren Herterich, Kids on Point

This session will empower participants to see OST programs as change agents within their community. Participants will consider how to (a) align a program mission with broader community-based needs, (b) leverage existing local resources through partnerships, and (c) build capacity and commitment through best practices and evaluation.

Grades K-12


Listening Session: Y4Y Course Update: Strengthening Partnerships

Jenn Conner and Allyson Bullock

Through the You for Youth (Y4Y) portal (, the U.S. Department of Education provides a wide range of free educational and professional development resources for out-of-school time professionals. As part of the process of continual improvement, Y4Y regularly updates course offerings. In this listening session, you’ll have the opportunity to help shape the update of the Strengthening Partnerships course by describing challenges you’ve encountered and successes you’ve achieved with both partnerships and program sustainability. Whether you’re a youth worker, an experienced site leader, or a brand-new program director, Y4Y has something for you.

Grades K-12


MASLOW WAS A WORKING PARENT: Engaging Caretakers Beyond the Carpool

Eric Rowles and Fred Baker, Leading to Change

If it takes a village to raise the child, how do you get the villagers to partner with you beyond permission slips and carpool pickup? Don’t miss this FAST, FUN, and tool and example filled workshop to showcase six different strategies and approaches to effectively attract and engage parents and caretakers!

Grades K-12


Staff Development: Giving them Skills – Keeping them Motivated

Gale Gorke, Kids Kan, Inc.

Sometimes, it is not “what you teach,” but “how you teach it.” Equipped staff members build better and longer lasting relationships with their students, but staff training sometimes feels like pushing boulders uphill! This session presents techniques and strategies on how to conduct effective staff development that ensures that the knowledge you share turns into practice.

Grades K-12


Taking The Time To Create Company Culture

Erika Petrelli, the Leadership Program

In the day to day of our busy program implementation, in can be easy to dismiss the importance of creating and maintaining a strong company culture. But without that, we won’t survive for long- much less thrive. In this workshop participants will learn strategies for putting culture first, and will deepen their understanding of the importance of creating a company culture that supports vibrant programming.

Grades K-12


The Eyes to Supervise!

Yasmine Lockett, Freazier Revitalization; and Eunice Cervantes, Trinity River Mission

Supervisors need super EYES! It’s all in the name: superVISION. The most effective supervisors are present! In this workshop, we will explore best practices for directors, managers, coordinators, and site leaders when it comes to supervising adult staff. It is important to understand how to give and receive feedback to site staff that is effective for direct reporting and communication. Join us and learn new strategies that will build and enhance management effectiveness for any position of authority.

Grades K-12


The Secret of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL): Emotional Intelligence and You

Eunice Cervantes, Trinity River Mission

Want to effectively implement SEL within your program? I’ll tell you the secret…it’s Emotional Intelligence and it starts with you! In this training you will be hands-on in discovering the best practices to promote Emotional Intelligence with your staff to create a positive culture at all levels of your organization; kids, staff, and leadership. We will explore how to introduce adults to Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning for kids by being your best self!

Grades K-12


You’ve Got it so Use It!

Wendy Weisbart and Danielle Bowen, Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate!!!

How well do you know your staff? Who’s working for you? Are you utilizing your staffs’ talents? Does your staff feel valued as professionals? Discover talents, knowledge, skills and life experiences of staff as a solid foundation for helping students’ experience unique learning. When all commit, everyone benefits.

Grades K-12