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Just because you built it, doesn't mean they will come. Afterschool is no field of dreams. Even with a wonderful curriculum, enthusiastic staff, abundance of supplies and unwavering support from the regular school staff, your program cannot be labeled a success if nobody attends it. Recruitment issues exist at all…
There are many times in my life that I can think back to and attribute success solely to what I have done by myself, for myself, or for someone else, but accomplished just by me, alone. These are excellent moments for self-reflection and acknowledgment of individual accomplishment, and although individuals…
Monday, 05 April 2010 00:00

If I’d Only Known...

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Have you ever had an "if only I'd known..." episode? This happened to me when I learned some simple ways I could have helped a hearing-impaired student join my YMCA afterschool program with much less stress and fuss—had I only known. Basically, this is what happened: In the fall of…
Monday, 29 March 2010 00:00

We ARE the hope we’ve been waiting for!

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A career? After School? What?! Yes folks, believe it or not, the career pathways in youth work are out there! It is not an esoteric profession that only a few elite have access to. It is much attainable for anyone that is willing to work, network and advocate for youth.…
Monday, 15 March 2010 00:00

Walking the Walk

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"A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself."– Oprah Winfrey "Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves."--Stephen Covey, The 8th habit The two quotes above speak so powerfully to the importance of having…
Due to the nature of my job, I visit a lot of afterschool programs throughout the country. A common element I've noticed at any program, whether they are in schools, community buildings, or churches, is the smell. It is the same no matter where I go. There's always a hint…
Monday, 01 March 2010 00:00

The Importance of Being Intentional

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Sue, an afterschool staff member, races into the school at 2:30 p.m. She came from a school across town where she has been a substitute all day. Sue gives a hurried "hello" to the school administrative assistant as she signs in for the day. Now, Sue runs down to the…
Monday, 22 February 2010 00:00

Heroes Through Collaboration

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Quick, name any movie you can think of that's about education. Here are a few that immediately come to my mind: To Sir With Love...Stand and Deliver...Dangerous Minds...Dead Poets Society...Freedom Writers Diary. As you made your list did you notice that they all tell a similar story – the story…


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