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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The Update Edition - January

We took a holiday break in December and are back with an early post in January.  Learn how to join the State of MN’s new Covid-19 resource hub, apply for an AmeriCorps member, jump into program improvement with Ignite, and check out some new equity toolkits and learning cohorts!

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Pop-Up Perks of Pop-Up Parks

"Everybody needed Pop-Up Parks." This COVID-inspired collaboration met young people's needs as expected -- and met a surprising range of unexpected needs too.

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The Update Edition - November

This month there are great opportunities to engage in advocacy, support youth voice and leadership, build program capacity, and get support through professional development.

The Scoop on PD

Professional Development: Nov. - Dec. 2020

There is no better gift to give yourself this holiday season than some great PD to help you improve your youth work craft!

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Pop-Up Parks: No Space? No Problem. (When You’ve Got Strong Partnerships.)

"We were literally meeting young people where they're at." How seven organizations came together to serve youth in neighborhood parks across Minneapolis against the backdrop of a pandemic.

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The Update Edition - October

Wow, there was so much to share during this month’s MN Afterschool Connect virtual meeting!  Keep reading for new Covid-19 guidance, a survey you really need to take, everything Lights on Afterschool, and some really amazing trainings.

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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.