Providers 

Intro to the Active Participatory Approach

Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 10:30-11:45 am

Youth programs can be optimized for youth needs, motivation, and engagement. The Active-Participatory Approach to youth work was designed to address these goals. This youth-centered approach is the foundation for the Youth Work Methods Series

Active Learning

Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 10:30 am-11:45 am

Do you know the difference between active learning and “hands-on” learning? Giving youth materials is just the beginning. This interactive workshop introduces strategies for incorporating active learning and helps participants create more powerful learning opportunities for youth.

Youth Voice

Thursday, December 10, 2020, 10:30 am -11:45 am

Are you providing young people with authentic, meaningful choices throughout your program? Does your program reflect the input of the youth involved? Research shows that quality programs incorporate youth input at both activity and organizational levels. This workshop will emphasize the importance of offering real choices and meaningful participation to youth, and nurturing youth leadership. This interactive workshop is focused on providing meaningful choices within activities and opportunities for youth input within the youth program itself.

Building Community

Saturday, December 12, 2020, 10:30 am-11:45 am

Do you know what it takes to build an emotionally and physically safe space for youth? Building an emotionally safe community of peers and adults is essential for youth to learn and develop as individuals. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to a variety of activities designed to support the community building process.

Ask, Listen, Encourage

Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 10:30 am- 11:45 am

Do you communicate with youth in a way that makes them feel supported and heard? This workshop introduces communication techniques that help you build more supportive, youth-centered relationships. Participants learn how to ask effective questions, listen actively to youth, and offer youth encouragement rather than praise.


Structure and Clear Limits

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 10:30-11:45 am

How do you prevent chaos in a youth environment without stifling the positive energy of youth? Youth need structure and clear limits in order to feel safe. This interactive workshop helps participants analyze the level of structure in their programs and practice identifying and maintaining clear limits.

Active Learning

Saturday, November 7, 2020, 10:30-11:45 am

Do you know the difference between active learning and “hands-on” learning? Giving youth materials is just the beginning. This interactive workshop introduces strategies for incorporating active learning and helps participants create more powerful learning opportunities for youth.

Building Community

Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 10:30-11:45 am

Do you know what it takes to build an emotionally and physically safe space for youth? Building an emotionally safe community of peers and adults is essential for youth to learn and develop as individuals. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to a variety of activities designed to support the community building process.

Ask, Listen, Encourage

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 10:30 am- 11:45 am

Do you communicate with youth in a way that makes them feel supported and heard? This workshop introduces communication techniques that help you build more supportive, youth-centered relationships. Participants learn how to ask effective questions, listen actively to youth, and offer youth encouragement rather than praise.


Join us for the last O2L Quarterly meeting of the year! We’ll have an opportunity to hear from some surrounding school districts on how the school year has been going thus far. Additionally, we’ll hear from a licensed therapist social worker on the topic of compassion fatigue and coping techniques.

When: Tuesday November 3rd

Where: Zoom, please register
Time: 9am- 11am (NOTE: Calendar invite will say 8:00 am as a start time-that is just for presenters. Meeting agenda starts at 9:00 am.)


We are nearly a week away from celebrating the 2020 Lights On Afterschool in Houston. This year will feel very different because of COVID restrictions, but it has NOT stopped us from creating a list of Spirit Week ideas to help you celebrate both safely and socially distanced with your youth. Post your activities on social media and tag us @out2learnhou and #lightsonhou for an opportunity to win prizes.

In addition to Spirit Week, we have included some awesome downloads to get your social media and virtual meetings into the Light On Afterschool Spirit!

Finally, check out the Instagram Filters created by the Afterschool Alliance to celebrate Lights On Afterschool.

HAPPY LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL!


Data and Dish

Although our work varies, we all have an interest in bolstering our community.  One-way United Way of Greater Houston does this is through the release of the ALICE report.  The ALICE report provides county-by-county and community-level data including analysis of how many households are struggling and the obstacles ALICE households face on the road to financial independence.   The ALICE Report provides the data we need to better understand the daily tough choices and risks those struggling to make ends meet must take in today’s economy and unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

Join us for the Data and Dish series where we will feature the 2018 data, explore the intersection of ALICE and community issues, including discussion of how to take the data into action to remove obstacles to financial stability, identify gaps in community resources and build data-informed solutions to help ALICE families achieve economic stability. 

All sessions held from 12:00 – 1:00 pm via Zoom video conferencing. 

RSVP for each Data and Dish session.

Please direct all questions to Jessica Davison,  jdavison@unitedwayhouston.org



With everything that is going on in the world around us, we all can use some positive engagement time and fun! Take some time to unwind, relax, and take a mental break and come play some virtual bingo and other virtual games with A.I.R. Project on our Game Night with AIR! Please note participants must be at least 10 years old.


Ask, Listen, Encourage

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 10:30-11:45 am

Do you communicate with youth in a way that makes them feel supported and heard? This workshop introduces communication techniques that help you build more supportive, youth-centered relationships. Participants learn how to ask effective questions, listen actively to youth, and offer youth encouragement rather than praise.

Ask, Listen, Encourage

Saturday, October 10, 2020, 10:30-11:45 am

Do you communicate with youth in a way that makes them feel supported and heard? This workshop introduces communication techniques that help you build more supportive, youth-centered relationships. Participants learn how to ask effective questions, listen actively to youth, and offer youth encouragement rather than praise.

Youth Voice

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 10:30-11:45 am

Are you providing young people with authentic, meaningful choices throughout your program? Does your program reflect the input of the youth involved? Research shows that quality programs incorporate youth input at both activity and organizational levels. This workshop will emphasize the importance of offering real choices and meaningful participation to youth, and nurturing youth leadership. This interactive workshop is focused on providing meaningful choices within activities and opportunities for youth input within the youth program itself.

Intro to the Active Participatory Approach

Friday, October 16, 2020, 10:30-11:45 am

Youth programs can be optimized for youth needs, motivation, and engagement. The Active-Participatory Approach to youth work was designed to address these goals. This youth-centered approach is the foundation for the Youth Work Methods Series of the Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI).

Active Learning

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 10:30-11:45 am

Do you know the difference between active learning and “hands-on” learning? Giving youth materials is just the beginning. This interactive workshop introduces strategies for incorporating active learning and helps participants create more powerful learning opportunities for youth.

Youth Voice

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 6:30 pm-7:45 pm

Are you providing young people with authentic, meaningful choices throughout your program? Does your program reflect the input of the youth involved? Research shows that quality programs incorporate youth input at both activity and organizational levels. This workshop will emphasize the importance of offering real choices and meaningful participation to youth, and nurturing youth leadership. This interactive workshop is focused on providing meaningful choices within activities and opportunities for youth input within the youth program itself.


The CASE for Kids Virtual Learning Bootcamp/Support Network consists of sequential, pre-recorded videos, pdf worksheets, and supplementary live (virtual) meetings to answer specific provider questions. Walk away with a clear action plan for how to best teach your program in the virtual learning space using a combination of synchronous and asynchronous teaching strategies.

Live Virtual Meetings from 10:00am to 11:00am

Previously Recorded Webinars

Questions? Email: kevans@hcde-texas.org


Tuesday, September 29, 2020 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Join your OST colleagues online to exchange information, build connections, and problem solve as we adjust to the new normal. CASE for Kids resources will be shared and small work-groups will form around your issues.

REGISTER HERE!