Spotlight in the Mission

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SPOTLIGHT

Hillcrest World Fair

In it’s 3rd year, May’s Mission YMCA Hillcrest World Fair is a culminating event and showcase for a month-long world cultures exploration.

After School teachers pick a country and design enrichment activities encompassing many different learning styles and modes of learning. Parents/Caregivers and the entire Hillcrest Community are invited to view student work and engage in interactive activities which span the globe!

Read story and watch a video produced by Hillcrest staff on our website.

 

Best Practices: End Of Year

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ENDING THE YEAR WITH A BANG!

Some tips and tricks to consider:

Thank Your Community
Remember all those in your school community that have impacted your program, like principals, receptionists, custodians, cafeteria staff, teachers, etc.  Make them cards, bring them a healthy treat or flash mob them! They will appreciate being recognized.

Invite Parents to the Party
Make sure to invite families to any closing events or even just to come by during the last week of program. They will appreciate celebrating with their children. Try parent/staff vs. student sporting events, movie nights, or just let them hang out in their child’s activity.

Reflect
We have put in the time and energy to build relationships and connect with youth all year. Put the same effort into reflecting on the year and saying goodbye. Emphasize that you will be looking forward to seeing them next year!

Celebrate Wellness
Let’s think creatively about the treats that we serve during the end of the year celebrations. Our “deconstructed pizza” made with a granola crust, yogurt, and fruit was delicious! Also try all-fruit ice pops, fruit kabobs, 100% fruit juice leathers, frozen smoothies, and dark chocolate dipped pretzels and strawberries.

Recognize Your Staff…
…For anything and everything they do for us, the kids, the families and the program. They are the ones that keep our programs going. The ones that are flexible when plans change. The ones that plan amazing lessons on a budget. And the ones who day in and day out just show up. Appreciate their awesomeness with a thoughtful Thank You note, email or Shout Out. Give your staff the chance to appreciate each other in a closing circle before the year ends.

Best Practices: Self-Efficacy

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TEACHING THE SKILLS OF SELF-EFFICACY

Some tips and tricks to consider:

Make It Meaningful to the Students – Connect activities to previous knowledge and experience, highlight the value of activities in personally relevant ways, and connect the learning to real life.

Foster a Student’s Sense of Competence in Themselves – Create activities that are slightly beyond students’ current levels of proficiency, have students demonstrate understanding throughout the activity, show peer coping models and peer mastery models, and include feedback that helps students to make progress.

Provide Opportunities for Students to have Autonomy – Nurture a student’s sense of control over their behaviors and goals by: welcoming students’ opinions and ideas, using informational, non-controlling language, and giving students the time they need to understand and absorb an activity by themselves.

Embrace Collaborative Learning – Ensure that students know how to communicate and behave in a collaborative setting by: having teacher model collaborative behaviors, avoiding homogeneous groups and grouping by ability, assigning different roles, and evaluating both the student and the group performance.

Establish Positive Teacher-Student Relationships – Teacher-student relationships can be facilitated by: caring about students’ social and emotional needs, displaying positive attitudes and enthusiasm, increasing one-on-one time with students when possible, treating students fairly, and avoiding deception or promise-breaking.

Foster A Student’s Desire to Master a Skill – Encourage a mastery orientation mindset by: framing success in terms of learning rather than performing, and placing the emphasis on individual progress by reducing social comparison and recognizing student improvement and effort. language.If you use language that is not authentic to your identity when building relationships with youth, it can be endearing or it can back fire. Being true to yourself is the best way to build relationships within your community.

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