Partnership for After School Education

Issue 97

April 01, 2015

Here to Listen Website

Youth Communication has launched a new website, Here to Listen, which offers expert guidance, stories, and activities to help youth workers and educators talk with young people about mental health challenges and difficult emotions. The website's Expert Advice section consists of advisory board of mental health professionals and educators giving tips on how to successfully support teens and connect them to professional mental health services. The True Stories by Teens index helps adults better understand and empathize with the youth they serve, and helps teens see how their peers got help, which can result in them feeling less stigma around their mental health challenges. The Activities for Youth section helps to explore the feelings that emerge from reading one of the teen-written stories and to build social and emotional learning.

April 01, 2015

Youth Today OST Hub Seeking Submissions

The Youth Today Out-of-School Time Research and Resource Hub is seeking submissions from youth practitioners on the topics of family engagement, evaluation, professional development, school-community relationships, and other topics. The Hub accepts a range of formats, including essays, photo-essays, video logs, and podcasts. The Hub is particularly interested in practitioners writing about their work for the Voices from the Field section, as well as in case studies of programs. It is also looking for commentary and op-eds for Youth Today itself. If interested, or for more information, contact

April 01, 2015

Resources from the National After-School Summit

Resources from the National After-School Summit, which took place at the University of Southern California's Schwarzenegger Institute on March 24, 2015, are now available. The summit included speeches by Arnold Schwarzenegger and former US Secretary of Education Rod Paige, student performances, many other distinguished speakers, and the unveiling of a video on afterschool programs. The video supports a new website,, which will continue to have weekly tweets on afterschool that can be easily shared. Read more about the summit here and view a recording here.