Youth Development (Back to Top)
- An adult who volunteers time to mentor or tutor a young person;
- A school that partners with community-based organizations to keep its doors open to provide all youth a safe, supervised place to be with homework support, activities, physical and mental health services;
- A leadership development program that offers rival gang members neutral territory where they can relate to one another as individuals and build skills;
- A county government that engages youth in the policy making process through youth councils and youth positions in government departments;
- A religious institution that provides youth access to computers and the necessary training; and
- A local business which employs youth in meaningful and relevant work. (from Center for Youth Development and Policy Research, AED)
Community Information (Back to Top)Useful Information for Parents and Caregivers of School-age Children
- What to Look for in an After School Program Advice for parents of elementary, middle and high school student from the Afterschool Alliance
- Helping children cope in unsettling times The economic crisis, tips for students from the National Association of School Psychologists
- Stress in Children and Adolescents Tips for parents from the National Association of School Psychologists
Sites with Information on Youth DevelopmentPresented here are sites with information on youth development initiatives and programs, as well as links to key research and information that can inform programming for youth.
- Afterschool.gov Connecting afterschool providers to Federal resources that support children and youth during out-of-school hours.
- Afterschool Alliance An alliance of public, private, and nonprofit groups committed to raising awareness and expanding resources for afterschool programs.
- FindYouthInfo.gov The U.S. government Web site that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs.
- Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) Provides national leadership on youth and family issues.
- Governor’s Office for Children Works collaboratively to create and promote an integrated, community-based service delivery system for Maryland’s children, youth and families.
- Institute for Youth Development Dedicated to ensuring the best possible future for America’s children by promoting positive choices and behaviors.
- Kids.gov Links to government and other kids’ sites
- Maryland Kids Page Maryland Secretary of State Kids’ Page containing information and the history of Maryland
- Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) MCHP uses federal and state funds to provide health care coverage to low-income children up to age 19 and pregnant women of any age.
- Maryland State Department of Education Information about the divisions within the Maryland State Department of Education.
Information for Professionals (Back to Top)To learn more about other quality after school programs, resources available and advocacy efforts, please explore these other great websites we have highlighted below just for you.
To improve the well-being of children, youth and families in Montgomery County, Maryland through collaborative partnerships.
Every student will have the academic, creative problem solving, and social emotional skills to be successful in college and career.
To provide high quality, diverse, and accessible programs, services and facilities that enhance the quality of life for all ages, cultures, and abilities.
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) established Maryland Hunger Solutions (MDHS) as a project to fight hunger and improve the nutrition, health, and well-being of children and families in Maryland.
The MOST Network is a statewide youth development organization, dedicated to more and better opportunities in the out of school hours for all of Maryland’s young people. MOST Network also offers a variety of youth development professional training, professional development and networking.
21st Century Community Learning Centers
The After School Institute (TASI) The After-School Institute is a Baltimore-based capacity-building organization whose main mission is to provide after-school programs with the training and support they need to offer children and youth quality after-school and out-of-school time opportunities.
Has online tutorials for finding funding and long-term sustainability for afterschool programs.
ACA’s Professional Development Center is built on a framework of knowledge, skills, and abilities identified with and related to work in the camp and youth development profession.
Provides evidence based tools and trainings to increase positive outcomes for youth in out-of-school time programs.
Builds systems of support in cities to help share and strengthen relationships between after-school programs, public schools, community organizations, and funders.
An excellent source of information on youth issues including bullying
Their mission is to foster development, provide education, and encourage advocacy for the out-of-school time community.
NIOST’s mission is to ensure that all children, youth, and families have access to high quality programs, activities, and opportunities.
Provides research, guidance and expertise to the summer learning community.
Improves the quality of afterschool programs for children and teens living in poverty. PASE recognizes the crucial role afterschool programs play in fostering young people’s intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual growth.
Provides research, resources, and expertise to help our partners in organizations, schools, and community coalitions solve critical challenges in the lives of young people.
Provides latest news from across the web on afterschool and youth development.
A national philanthropy that seeks to improve education and enrichment for disadvantaged children.