Quality Element 4: Relationships

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A quality program fosters and nurtures positive relationships and interactions among staff, youth, families, and communities; provides a tolerant and respectful environment that is safe from teasing, bullying, and violence; and promotes diversity.

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Featured Resource

7 Tips to Positive Behavior

Positive behavior begins and ends with relationships—not with the rules. The National Afterschool Association’s 7 tips will help you cultivate an environment of meaningful connections between staff and youth at your program.

Curriculum

Barriers to Building Effective Youth-Adult Partnerships Advocates for Youth

 Tips for Partnering with Youth – Advocates for Youth

Communicating with Children: Principles and Practices to Nurture, Inspire, Excite, Educate and Heal UNICEF

Youth Participation Guide: Assessment, Planning, and Implementation UNICEF

Creating Youth-Adult Partnerships the Innovation Center

Ask-Listen-Encourage Guidebook David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

Reframing Conflict Guidebook David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

Building Supportive Relationships in Afterschool SEDL

Resources from the Coalition to Support Grieving Students

Assessing Staff Relationships Among Out-of-School Time Program PractitionersChild Trends

Putting it All Together: Guiding Principles for Quality After-School Programs Serving Preteens Public/Private Ventures

Ensuring Accessing to Mentoring Programs for LGBTQ Youth Williams Institute

Collective Leadership Works: Preparing Youth & Adults for Community Change Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development

Creating Youth-Adult Partnerships: Training Curricula for Youth, Adults and Youth-Adult Teams  Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development

Reflect and Improve: A Tool Kit for Engaging Youth and Adults as Partners in Program Evaluation Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development

Research & Best Practices

Building Supportive Relationships in Afterschool American Institutes of Research

Supporting Social and Emotional Development Through Quality Afterschool Programs (Issue Brief) – American Institutes of Research

Ready for Work? How Afterschool Programs Can Support Employability Through Social and Emotional Learning American Institutes of Research

Effective Practices to Cultivate Social and Emotional Learning in the Middle and High School Years (Recorded Webinar) Afterschool Alliance

The Impact of After-School Programs That Promote Personal and Social Skills Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

Assessing Self-Regulation: A Guide for Out-of-School Time Program Practitioners Child Trends

Youth-Adult Partnership Rubric – Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative

How to Build A Successful Mentoring Program Using the Elements of Effective Practice National Mentoring Partnership

Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring – National Mentoring Partnership

 

Professional Learning Opportunities

Social and Emotional Learning Practices: A Self-Reflection Tool for Afterschool Staff American Institutes of Research

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (Resources and Training)

Six Tips for Teaching Social and Emotional Skills After School – Edutopia

My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Webinar Series

Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series


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