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National After School Matters Practitioner Fellowship Opportunity

Individuals working part-time or full-time at an afterschool program or community-based youth program in Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay area or in Minneapolis are eligible to apply for the National After School Matters Practitioner Fellowship.The Practitioner Fellowship Program is a professional development and leadership initiative for mid-level career professionals. Participants in the Practitioner Fellowship are selected by application. Participants will engage in activities that inform program quality and improve practice through a year long process of reflection and inquiry.

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Implementing High-Quality Youth Programs

Child Trends recently released three research briefs that present research findings and effective strategies to implement high-quality out-of-school time programs.  The titles of the three briefs are How Program Administrators Can Support Out-Of-School Time Staff, Building Systems-Level Partnerships, and Data-Driven Decision Making in Out-Of-School Time Programs. These briefs complete a six-part series on the drivers for implementing evidence-based practices in out-of-school time programs.

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Foundations Inc.

A non-profit professional development, training, technical assistance, assessment and research organization committed to increasing the quality of nationwide youth programs.

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Team-Up For Youth Quality Self Assessment Tool for Sports Programs

Team-Up for Youth Recently released a new Quality Self-Assessment Tool for Sports Programs. This tool, modeled after the California Afterschool Program Quality Self-Assessment Tool (QSA) can be utilized as a stand-alone sports program assessment tool, or as a supplement to the California QSA Tool. The tool consists of 29 indicators focusing on strong program design, skilled and caring coaches, equity and inclusion, as well as youth development, educational, and health outcomes.

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Lessons From the CORAL Inititative

Public Private Ventures recently released a series of reports based on an eight year research and evaluation study of the Communities Organizing Resources to Advance Learning (CORAL) Initiative funded by the James Irvine Foundation. The series contains a number of publications including What Matters, What Works: Advancing Achievement After-School, Supporting Success: Why and How to Improve Quality in After-School Programs, and an After School Toolkit: Tips Techniques and Templates for Improving Program Quality.