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Overview: PASA Lessons at a Glance

A successful city program offers this guide to creating a full-time-learning system in your area.

January 20, 2009

Lesson 1: Developing Relationships

Forming relationships with members of the community, all of whom are focused on championing youth, is the cornerstone of making an after-school system work. Learn how to build a core group.

What's inside:

  • Tips on whom to involve
  • The role of the intermediary
  • PASA history

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Lesson 2: Resources and Funding

Learn how you can obtain funding for after-school programs from private and public markets, modeled after PASA.

What's inside:

  • Breakdown of grants and resources for PASA
  • Ideas for funding and resources

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Lesson 3: Developing Standards

Standards set forth the direction of after-school programs. Learn how to build a set of standards, which will serve as a guide to funding, assessment, and program development.

What's inside:

  • Outline of PASA's standards
  • Standards covering five key areas of after-school programs
  • Avenues for getting started

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Lesson 4: Student Assessment and Tracking

After-school programs require constant quality improvements to adapt to youth needs. Learn ways to assess community campuses so they're fresh to youth and to funders.

What's inside:

  • Techniques for quality improvements
  • Data-tracking tool
  • Assessment tracking sheets and kits

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Lesson 5: Organization and Staffing

Building a citywide network of schools and communities takes an enormous amount of organization – from the school to the community to the citywide level. See how the PASA staff and representative bodies are structured.

What's inside:

  • Organizational flow chart
  • Descriptions of staff-member roles and responsibilities
  • Structure of planning and operations committees

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Lesson 6: Grant Distribution

After-school program providers operate through grants. Learn the different types of grants and ways in which PASA and its partners allocate them to eligible program providers.

What's inside:

  • Grant types
  • Requirements and eligibility information
  • Sample grant applications

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Lesson 7: Programs and Logistics

Get a taste of the procedures and logistics behind running an AfterZone, including transportation, orientation, and scheduling. This part of the tutorial focuses on details.

What's inside:

  • An in-depth look at the programs
  • Registration, orientation, and scheduling
  • Day-to-day happenings plus lots of supplemental documents

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Lesson 8: Branding

Youth continue to participate in AfterZones largely due to the success of the AfterZone brand identity. Learn how to market after-school programs that engage youth.

What's inside:

  • Branding techniques
  • Ideas for participation through showcases and celebrations
  • Branding 101 presentation

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  • Family Engagement
  • 6-8 Middle School

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