Summer Activity Guide
Summer Activity Guide – 2020
We see youth development and summer learning providers across Indiana preparing for a summer filled with uncertainty and stepping up in innovative ways to support youth, families, and communities. We have heard your concerns about how to maintain engagement throughout an atypical summer, and we understand your anxieties as you navigate these uncharted territories.
To support your hard work, we have been developing a suite of fun and engaging activities and challenges designed specifically to accommodate COVID-19 summer. We hope that as you read this, you will feel that planning for summer just got a whole lot easier.
Summer Activity Guide Coming the Week of May 25
The Summer Activity Guides have been developed for the 50 State Afterschool Network – with leadership from the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network – to engage and support children and youth nationwide.
What You Can Expect
150 Activities and Challenges
• Segmented by age (5-9) (10-12) (13-15) (16-18)
• Adaptable for in-person or virtual instruction
• Based in skill building and social emotional learning (SEL)
Instructional Webinars for Providers
• Getting to Know the New Summer Activity Guide (May 28 | 3:00 PM EST)
• Keeping Youth Engaged This Summer (June 2 | 1:00 PM EST)
• Answering Questions and Sharing Ideas for “Who I Am” (June 4 | 3:00 PM EST)
Quick Guides for Providers
• Strategies to Implement Activities in Different Settings
• Safety Considerations for Virtual Facilitation
• How to Recognize Signs and Symptoms of Stress & Trauma in Youth
• How to Manage Staff Stress and Self-Care
• How to Adapt Programming Based on Feedback
Tool to help programs evaluate and continue to adapt their summer programming
Pre-recorded videos walking program staff through an overview of each “Activity Batch,” highlighting specific activities, and providing tips for modification.
Quick Guides for Families
• How to Recognize Signs and Symptoms of Stress and Trauma in Youth
• Help and Support for How to Implement Summer Programming at Home
• Guidance on How to Support Positive Youth Development
When You Can Expect It
This resource will be released gradually over the course of ten weeks, beginning the week of May 25 and running through the week of August 14. Activity batches will be provided every two weeks with supplemental materials throughout to support providers and families in preparation and implementation.
Week of May 27
• Summer Activity Guide: Who I Am – Ages 5-9
• Summer Activity Guide: Who I Am – Ages 10-2
• Summer Activity Guide: Who I Am – Ages 13-15
• Summer Activity Guide: Who I Am – Ages 16-18
• Supply List: Who I Am
• Quick Guide: Strategies to Implement Activities in Different Settings
• Quick Guide: Safety Considerations for Virtual Facilitation
Week of June 15
• Summer Activities Guides, Weeks 3-4
• Quick Guides
Week of June 29
• Summer Activity Guides, Weeks 5-6
Week of July 13
• Summer Activity Guides, Weeks 7-8
Week of July 27
• Summer Activity Guides, Weeks 9-10
Getting to Know the New Summer Activity Guides
May 28, 2020 | 3:00 PM EST
Hot off the press! This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the new Summer Activity Guides. We will dive in to the structure and various elements of the activities for each age group so that participants feel comfortable facilitating every component of these lessons. We will also discuss the unit themes and all of the exciting content you can look forward to this summer! Register here.
Keeping Youth Engaged This Summer
Jun 2, 2020 | 1:00 PM EST
Youth development programs are serving youth using a mix of approaches this summer, including in-person, virtually, or take-home activities. Regardless of the approach, programming will be most effective when positive youth development is practiced. This webinar will address a range of practices and tips for ensuring that your programming is engaging and fun. We will discuss how to use the new Summer Activity Guide and other resources in order to effectively engage with youth through different delivery models. We will discuss ideas for modifying in-person programming to ensure the health and safety of your youth. Lastly, we will cover tips and tools for driving youth engagement through virtual programming and address ideas for maintaining consistent connections with youth through digital programming and take-home programming. Register here.
Summer Activity Guide: Answering Your Questions and Sharing Ideas for “Who I Am”
Jun 4, 2020 | 03:00 PM EST
A chance to dive deeper into the first Summer Activity Guide unit: “Who I Am.” Resource creators Jennifer Bateman and Rachel Green-Wilber join the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network in a conversation to provide ideas and implementation strategies to best utilize the resource. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions and will be encouraged to share ideas on how they will use the resource within their summer programming. Register here.