The Afterschool Blog

Tools, tips and trends in youth work, programming, professional development, policy, and special events for Minnesota's afterschool community. 


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BrookLynk: Socially Distant Summer Internships

“When crisis hits, you don’t cancel, you respond." How BrookLynk did a rapid-fire remodel of their summer internship program.

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UNITED 21CCLC: Program Innovations In A Pandemic

UNITED 21CCLC was gearing up for their inaugural summer — making plans for a mobile express trailer packed with high-tech science activities, in-person theater experiences for youth, identity building groups and much more. And then COVID-19 happened.

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Edina Give & Go: Partnerships Are Key to Participation

“We’re used to removing financial barriers. But with COVID-19, we learned the importance of removing information barriers." How Edina Give & Go worked with partners old and new to keep young people engaged in afterschool. 

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BrookLynk: Get Ready! On Teachable & Schoology

“I’m not in the business of canceling opportunities for youth." How BrookLynk quickly pivoted to offer its Get Ready! workforce training online.

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Edina Community Education: A New Summer Staffing Model

'The way it's always been done' didn’t work well for Edina Community Education's summer staffing needs in the new COVID-19 realities.

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K.E.Y. Zone : When “Afterschool Time” Suddenly Becomes All The Time

COVID-19 meant that K.E.Y. Zone needed to quickly recalibrate to provide dependable full-day child care during what would normally be their “part-time season.” 

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UNITED 21st CCLC: Getting Technology Back to Students

“We don’t fully believe in no when it comes to kids." How UNITED 21CCLC got devices back into the hands of students for the summer.