Youth Today's Out-of-School Time Hub links latest research to practice

by Robert Abare

Youth Today, a national publication for those working in the field of youth services, has recently launched a new Out-of-School Time (OST) Hub for engaging articles on the latest research and emerging issues in the out-of-school time field. The new resource is funded by a grant from the Robert Bowne Foundation, and "reflects the Foundation's belief in the critical importance of building bridges between research and practice."

The OST Hub is broken into two primary sections, Language and Literacy and Program Quality. The Language and Literacy section provides resources, articles, research, program examples and professional development opportunities focused on literacy eduation in out-of-school time settings. The Program Quality section provides similar resources related to the continual improvement of out-of-school time programs, including evaluations, family engagement and school-community relationships.

Take advantage of webinars exploring afterschool innovations

The OST Hub also provides a number of webinars for professionals to engage directly with experts in the out-of-school time field. This Wednesday, June 15th at 1 PM, the OST Hub is hosting a webinar on "Documenting youth outcomes with badges and portfolios," part of Youth Today's "From Research to Practice" webinar series. The webinar focuses on ways afterschool programs can offer trusted certifications to participants who gain specific skills, focusing on Mouse, Inc. 

Mouse, Inc. is a nonprofit that involved high school students in an afterschool computer project.  The participating students, upon completion, were able to earn a badge recognized  by the admissions department of Parsons School of Art. The webinar's presenters are Marc Lesser of Mouse, Inc. and Sarah Zeller-Berkman, Ph.D of Mozilla.

Add your voice to the Hub!

The OST Hub is looking to hear from you! In particular, the publication seeks writing from afterschool practitioners in the OST Fieldnotes section, in every topic area. If your program is embarking on an innovative project and you'd like to share insights from your work, contact the OST Hub editor Sara Hill at

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