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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CLUES YA!: COVID-19 Reshapes College Mentoring Program

“Our main goal is to help young people work toward their dreams by getting them through high school and into college".  Read more to learn how Youth in Action at Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES) reshaped their mentoring program during Covid-19.

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CLUES: Focusing on Mental Health Needs

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, young people struggled with isolation, uncertainty, and anxiety.  Read about how one program at Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES)  partnered with a school to help young people manage their stress during this time.

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Hope Community: Sit in to Breathe, A Youth-Led Protest

After George Floyd was killed last year, three teens at Hope Community stepped up to lead a youth-led day of peaceful protest at the Minnesota State Capitol.

Hope Community: Accountability is Key to Keeping it Real

When COVID-19 put an abrupt end to in-person programming last year, one organization stepped up to get hot spots and laptops into the hands of young people who needed it most.


MN Afterschool Connect

The Update Edition - June

On this month's Minnesota Afterschool Connect call we shared resources to partner with schools for afterschool and summer learning, support families to access the enhanced Child Tax Credit, and help demonstrate the role of afterschool programs during the pandemic by participating in an Afterschool Alliance survey. 

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Neighborhood House: Getting Families Real Help in a Virtual World

"I didn't realize how much support a family needs!"  How Neighborhood House and its staff got creative during Covid-19.

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Neighborhood House: Bringing Distance Learners Together (While Staying Six Feet Apart)

“A lot of effort went into providing the structure of a classroom in a COVID-safe manner."  How one St. Paul transformed their practices to meet the needs of St. Paul students.

MN Afterschool Connect

The Update Edition - April

Support the Covid-19 Vaccine roll-out by connecting youth workers and 16 & 17 year-old young people, find resources to support young people in times of crisis, and learn about events and parent at-home toolkits created by youth-serving organizations in Minnesota.

MN Afterschool Connect

The Update Edition - March

This month is all about getting staff signed up in the MN Vaccine Connector, checking out some great conferences and ensuring you are represented in a Search Institute and National Afterschool Association survey.

MN Afterschool Connect

The Update Edition - February

Ready for some February updates!  Make sure to sign up on Minnesota’s Vaccine Connect, become a summer food site, find important resources to share with families, connect young leaders to one another, and hop on a national policy call with the National Summer Learning Association.