Planning afterschool summer activities that are fun and engaging is now an easy task! The new Summer Activity Guide offers 150 activities and challenges for youth ages 5-18. The activities and challenges are organized by age group (5-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18), adaptable for in-person, virtual instruction or a hybrid of both, as well as take-home packets, and based in skill building and social emotional learning. Go to Guide
Living and working with COVID-19 can be challenging. PSAYDN has been sending information to its members pertaining to COVID-19 and other OST news and will continue to do so. Stay informed. Sign up for our weekly e-blast by joining PSAYDN for free.
Visit our COVID-19 resource page. This resource page is regularly updated and provides information for OST programs and families — how to stay informed about COVID-19, loans, and informational and handy resources.
Connect with other afterschool and summer learning providers across the state via our new Pennsylvania Afterschool Provider Facebook Group.
Deadline: Friday, August 14, 2020
PSAYDN is seeking afterschool programs who would be interested in participating in the Youth Entrepreneurial Pitch Program. This program encourages middle and high school students to explore creating and developing their own product or business, and pitching their idea to their family, friends, and afterschool partners in an afterschool event.
On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, PSAYDN provided written testimony, in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs Pennsylvania Alliance and the Pennsylvania State Alliance of YMCAs, to a virtual House Education Committee information meeting to discuss plans to safely reopen schools in the fall due to COVID-19. The testimony informed how afterschool can support schools in their reopening, shared various learning models across the state, and provided recommendations in spacing, funding and support.
A message from the Center for Schools and Communities.
The past weeks have again highlighted social injustices in our society. We stand in solidarity with our communities of color, vulnerable youth and marginalized populations. We mourn the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others who have died unjustly because of systemic and institutionalized racism, implicit bias and prejudice.
Every black parent has numerous, ongoing talks about racism with their kids. Nothing will change until white parents start talking to their kids about racism all the time, too.
Join us for the “What’s Hot in STEAM this Summer” webinar series presented by the PSAYDN. This 6-part series will share ways to bring STEAM to life for out-of-school time youth through exploration of entrepreneurship, career paths, empathy in engineering, service learning and more.
On May 21, 2020, Pennsylvania youth leaders and student advocates held a Virtual Town Hall with Lt. Gov. and Second Lady Fetterman to address concerns about COVID-19 effects on their families, schools and communities; and ask questions about the afterschool and summer learning programs they rely on for academic help, extracurricular activities, service learning and career exploration. The event was organized by PSAYDN and its partners.
Afterschool and summer learning programs are making a difference in the lives of students and their families. Inspire and get inspired by sharing and reading stories of programs.