Improve Your Program

Access resources that help afterschool programs and youth workers improve their practices.

The Blueprint

Youth workers play a key role in the strength of programs and the lives of youth, but they need support to grow their abilities, skills, and knowledge.

That’s why Minnesota is getting serious about better coordination of Professional Development opportunities for youth workers. When we coordinate, we act on the simple belief that an investment in youth workers is an investment in young people.

To learn our plan for investing in Minnesota's youth workers, view the Afterschool Blueprint which guides our network's efforts to build a professional development system for youth workers across Minnesota.

The Afterschool Blueprint

Ignite Afterschool is excited to introduce Be It, a new section in our signature guidebook, Believe It. Build It.

Be It includes youth worker values and thriving strategies.  It is integrated into the Believe It. Build It. download below.  Enjoy!

Minnesota's Guide to Effective Afterschool Practices.
A shared language for afterschool program practitioners, funders, and supporters.

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Ignite Afterschool is introducing Be It. An expansion pack for Believe It. Build It. Minnesota's Guide to Effective Afterschool Practices. Be It includes six thriving strategies that level up your youth work.

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Get ready to do Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in your afterschool program.

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M3®Making Meaning with Multiple Data Sets

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Continuous Improvement for School Age Care Programs

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Unlock a World of Youth Development Excellence Today! Take the First Step Towards Transforming Lives and Elevating Your Skills.


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Connect with people and organizations who can help you take your program quality to the next level.

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