Professional Development

NAA publishes fresh, new content every week covering a wide variety of topics related to the field of aftershool. In addition, NAA offers a variety of opportunities for virtual professional development (PD) through meaningful content, conversations and connections. Click here to see full descriptions of virtual PD offerings.

12 Resources for AAPI Heritage Month and Beyond

Tuesday, 10 May 2022 13:08

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. This is a time to pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success. Use these resources during Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and throughout the year.

Celebrate Pride Month, Equity, and Inclusion This June!

Tuesday, 10 May 2022 13:05

June is a time to learn about, celebrate, and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. #Pride lives in our history, our homes, our communities, and our hearts every day. Below are resources you can use to celebrate Pride Month this June and all year long. 

Juneteenth: A Time to Reflect, Educate, and Advocate

Tuesday, 10 May 2022 13:00

Juneteenth is a time to reflect and a time for advocacy and recognizing historical and ongoing injustices Black communities experience. Below are Juneteenth resources you can use to support your efforts. 

15 Resources to Support Mental Health in Afterschool

Monday, 02 May 2022 13:46

May is mental health awareness month. Mental health and SEL are key components of education and systems supporting youth. Use these resources to support mental health in all aspects of your programming.

An Afterschool Program Grew by 207% by Improving Their Registration and Payment Processes with SmartRec by Amilia

Monday, 25 April 2022 08:06

You have a lot going on: staffing is a challenge, the safety of students is top priority, and the growth of your business is necessary for you to be able to provide more value to even more children… just to name a few things. While you're busy with the day to day, it can be extremely difficult to decide how to tackle all these issues. But you can do it all, with the right support!

Bringing STEM Engagement to Young People Through Community-Based Organizations

Monday, 25 April 2022 08:05

Many young people consider community-based organizations, like yours, a home away from home. Whether your organization is local or within a national network, you give students a safe place to go after school, on weekends, and during summer vacations. Today, organizations are increasingly incorporating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities into their program offerings and providing opportunities for students to grow new skills. Community-based organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, YMCA, Girl Scouts, 4-H, and local nonprofits can introduce young people to STEM ideas and engagement activities that are not always available in their homes and schools.

Top Ten Earth Day Resources!

Monday, 18 April 2022 15:19

April 22, 2022 is Earth Day! Check out these resources and strategies to plan activities and celebrate in your community.

National Youth Violence Prevention Week (April 25-29, 2022)

Monday, 18 April 2022 15:18

Afterschool programs are shown to reduce youth violence. For National Youth Violence Prevention Week, April 25-29, 2022 (and throughout the year) use these articles and resources focused on violence prevention, SEL, and trauma-informed practices to support your work.

Be Gentle With Other People's Names

Tuesday, 22 March 2022 14:02


Our names are one of the first indicators of our personal identities, often representing individual, familial, and cultural meanings that are significant for many reasons.

Taking the time to learn the correct pronunciation and spelling of someone's name and consistently using it is a first step to convey sincere and authentic interest in relationship building.

Hire Up with The Opportunity Project

Tuesday, 22 March 2022 14:01

In 2017 when The Opportunity Project (The Opp) launched as the new out-of-school time intermediary (OSTI) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, their priority was to build and support OST systems and structures in service of elementary and middle school youth. These initiatives - Relate 918 (a PSELI community) and AfterOpp (The Opp’s signature middle school program) - gained support from both Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) and Tulsa’s youth-serving organizations. Building upon past learnings and current research, in 2021, The Opp expanded its reach in service of high school youth.

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