Around the nation, organizations are focused on older youth, students in middle and high school. You know the ones—they vote with their feet. If the program is not validating for them, they simply stop coming. In Chicago, the After School Maters Youth Advisory Council has developed a video and online toolkit. In Massachusetts, Boston After School and Beyond’s new framework “Achieve, Connect, Thrive, provides practical information to teen-serving organizations. And in California, C4K has a collection of videos that are geared to middle school providers. Here are a few of them. Click on the links below to check them out.
5 Minutes of Prep: One strategy that you can utilize in middle school to help youth be ready for homework is 5 Minutes of Prep. Learn about how to implement this strategy with your youth.
Building Community: In middle school it is important that you work on the development of community. Creating a positive environment for kids will result in a sense of belonging and ownership.
Encouraging Student Leadership: Creating a space for student leadership in after-school programs is an essential part of the work. Learn how to engage young people in leading the program create opportunities for all young people to develop leadership skills and finally how to give leadership feedback to youth.
Middle School Academic Clubs: Disguised learning and middle school clubs go together. Learn about creating relevant and rigorous clubs that focus on student interest while building academic skills. Learn about designing single lessons and developing projects to engage youth.
Middle School Advisory Periods: Creating a viable middle school schedule is challenging. Consider a variety of options, including setting up an advisory period.
Middle School Approach: Is a Middle School student an “older elementary” student or an “early high school” student? As you would expect, middle school is between these two modes. Explore ways to approach middle school students and engage them in owning the afterschool program.
Middle School Mindset: Working with middle school students can be challenging. They are truly at a “tweener” age. What mind-set do you need to be effective?
Middle School Team Challenge: Team Challenge for middle school students is exactly that, a challenge. Learn how to bring young people into the planning of Team Challenge and how to help them execute on those plans.
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