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Advancing Equity and Inclusion in Hiring and Staff Development

Research shows that staff is critical to afterschool program quality, and staff diversity yields important outcomes for children and youth. Youth-serving organizations must create inclusive environments for staff of all identities to thrive. Join this webinar to learn more and explore the OST Leader’s Guide to Equitable Hiring and Staff Development Practices.

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Challenging Youth Development Professionals to Lead with Empathy

The new issue of the Journal of Youth Development, co-sponsored by NAA, opens with a thought leader commentary from NAA Board Member, Dr. Tasha Franklin Johnson. Read the issue to learn more about how we can challenge youth development professionals to lead with empathy in a post-pandemic world.

New Summer Learning Study: Perspectives on Planning and Implementing District-Led Programs

A new study finds that mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations can support successful school-district-led summer programs. Research tells us that these programs can play a vital role in supporting students academically and providing them with enriching activities they may not otherwise experience. Learn more about how they do it!

5 Things You Can Do Today to Support LGBTQ Youth

The urgency in which we as youth-serving professionals and caring community members need to show up for LGBTQ youth cannot be understated. To be in solidarity with any community takes intentionality, practice, and time. It is never a checklist but rather a value system for how to be in the world. Here are five value-based commitments to keep in mind this Pride month and beyond.

Power of Us Workforce Survey

We want to hear from you and learn more about the “Youth Fields” workforce. These are people like summer camp counselors, sports coaches, music teachers, and afterschool program staff; anyone who works with youth in any capacity outside of the regular school day.