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The Georgia ASYD Quality Standards highlight the important components of high quality programs and are based on national research and best practices.


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Georgia ASYD Quality Standards

Programming & Youth Development

1. Promotes a strength-based approach to programming that fosters the relationships, opportunities, and personal qualities that youth need to thrive

2. Offers project-based, experiential and hands-on activities

3. Ensures that youth experience a balance of group sizes across the program day

4. Provides activities that feature an array of instructional approaches

5. Offers access to materials that effectively support program activities and meets staff and youth needs

6. Solicits and incorporates youth voices in the planning, development & implementation of programming

7. Integrates opportunities that foster responsibility, autonomy and leadership throughout the program

8. Includes opportunities for reflection and promotes critical thinking and problem solving skills

9. Includes opportunities for youth to build like skills

10.Promotes self-competence and teaches youth responsible decision-making

11. Incorporates opportunities for youth to gain competency in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and music

12. Ensures that programming is culturally appropriate and linguistically sensitive

13. Provides opportunities for college, career readiness, vocational preparation, and workforce development

14. Includes opportunities for youth to engage in international education and gain global competency

Linkages with the School Day

1. Establishes and maintains strong and intentional links to the school day

2. Supports Georgia Common Core Standards and local performance benchmarks

3. Provides hands-on learning opportunities for participants to develop knowledge in content areas that complement the school day

4. When appropriate, incorporates academic support, including homework assistance and/or tutoring

5. Ensures that youth develop key academic skills, including research and study skills

Environment & Climate

1. Has a physically safe and clean environment

2. Ensures that the space, equipment, and materials are suitable for the ages and skill levels of youth and meet the program’s needs

3. Adheres to state and local licensing requirements

4. Supports youth in navigating the learning space independently, taking initiative, and exploring their interests

5. Offers frequent access to nature and/or an outdoor space when possible

6. Has a physical environment that reflects the work and interests of youth and the programs’ activities

7. Allows for the inclusion and engagement of differently-abled youth

8. Reflects and incorporates the culture and language of youth and their families

9. Provides intentional character education and opportunities for moral action that promote core values in all domains of youths’ lives


1. Builds positive relationships with youth that are supportive and nurturing

2. Ensures that staff are role models of positive and respectful adult relationships

3. Incorporates relationship-building opportunities among peers and ensures that youth interact with one another in positive ways

4. Teaches and encourages use of conflict resolution skills among youth

5. Reinforces positive behavior and employs strength-based techniques to address behavior issues

Health & Well Being

1. Provides a socio-emotionally safe and supportive environment that is free of bullying and harassment for youth

2. Offers regular opportunities for youth to engage in physical fitness and build health and nutrition knowledge and skills

3. When suitable to program duration, incorporates nutrition snack and/or meal options, if provided

4. Communicates with families to ensure that staff are aware of the individualized needs and special health concerns of youth

5. Seeks to connect families and caregivers with information and community resources to support the well-being of families and youth

Staffing & Professional Development

1. Utilizes a performance evaluation system for staff and volunteers and provides appropriate supervision support and feedback

2. Offers all staff and volunteers ongoing professional development and fosters a commitment to continual growth

3. Ensures that staff and volunteers are competent in academic and skill-based domains, as appropriate to their positions

4. Trains staff to plan and implement programming and activities that are appropriate for the age, skill level and interests of youth

5. Monitors and maintains staff-to-youth ratio as per state and local regulations

6. Holds regular staff meetings

7. Offers training to ensure compliance with OCGA 19-7-5(c) (1) (Mandated Reporter of Child Abuse or Neglect)

Organizational Practices

1. Clearly defines the organizations’ mission, vision, values and goals and aligns this framework with specific outcomes to measure progress

2. Develops and employs an employee handbook that specifies internal policies and procedures

3. Establishes program policies and procedures and makes them available to families and caregivers and stakeholders

4. Establishes and maintains clear attendance and participation expectations

5. Maintains a system for the collection and monitoring of youth attendance data

6. Has a disciplinary protocol and makes clear the expectations for youths’ behavior

7. Maintains confidential records on all youth and ensures records are up-to-date

8. Adheres to state and local licensing requirements (e.g. health certificate, security clearance, insurance, etc.)

9. Maintains a sound budget; reviews and adjusts budget periodically and as necessary

10. Completes all required reports and submits them in a timely manner

11. Ensures that lesson plans are available and accurate, and the program schedule and room assignments are posted

Evaluation & Outcomes

1. Delineates measurable program goals and objectives that reflect the organization’s mission

2. Selects and implements appropriate assessment tools to measure the effectiveness of program practices and status of youth outcomes.

3. Obtains and analyzes data and compares findings to the organization’s mission, goals, and objectives

4. Employs data to design and implement an improvement plan that has measurable goals and objectives

5. Continually engages in data-driven decision-making and regularly reassesses findings

6. Develops the capacity in staff to carry out the data-driven decision-making process as a team

Family & Community Partnerships

1. Builds meaningful relationships with families and caregivers and interacts with them in respectful and welcoming ways

2. Develops and maintains community collaborations to improve and extend programming

3. Communicates with families and caregivers regarding youths’ needs and well-being

4. Solicits and incorporates the input of families and caregivers in decision making