Register Now for the Spring 2024 Site Leader Institute!

The Site Leader Institute helps new managers grow into their new role. Learn the skills of a supervisor, from clarifying job duties to addressing performance issues to managing your own time and paperwork.

Who should attend?

Site directors, program directors, or other new site-level leaders in afterschool, summer, expanded learning, or grant-funded programs (such as Advantage After School, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Extended School Day/School Violence Prevention, and the Empire State After-School Program).

Where will it be held?

The Institute will be held virtually using the Zoom platform.

When does it happen?

  • Six total sessions for 15 OCFS-approved training hours (must attend all sessions to earn credit):

Tuesday, March 12th, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Thursday, March 14th, 9:30 AM—12:30 PM
Tuesday, March 19th, 9:30 AM—12:30 PM
Thursday, March 21st, 9:30 AM—12:30 PM
Tuesday, March 26th, 9:30 AM—12:30 PM
Thursday, March 28th, 9:30 AM—12:30 PM


  • The three-hour time frame includes breaks, which are not counted in training hours.

About the Site Leader Institute

Site directors in afterschool programs often have skills at working with children and youth but little to no training in program operation and management. In order to build the best foundation for programs, the Network for Youth Success will deliver training and support to site directors and leaders.

The goal of this training is to expose new directors to the knowledge base and skill set of effective afterschool supervision and management. The training will focus on the skills and techniques of a supervisor and manager. This includes managing staff roles, supporting staff development, and addressing problems effectively. Participants will also explore techniques for managing themselves, their work, and the work of others (i.e., time management and project management skills).

In order to promote positive youth development in afterschool programs, the trainers will model and utilize those same approaches for the adult learners. Webinars will utilize the chat and polling features in order to promote engagement and critical thinking of participants. In-person trainings will use multiple grouping strategies, and various techniques for multiple learning styles, both to teach content effectively and to show supervisors methods they can use with their staff and the youth they serve.

The Site Leader Institute is an engaging and participatory event. Participants will engage with each other and with the content. This is not a passive learning experience!

All training events will be led by Professional Development Director Timothy Fowler. Read about his qualifications and experience here.

What participants had to say about the Site Leader Institute:
“I loved the workshop. It’s going to help me not only in my professional life but also my personal life.”

“[This training] made me reflect on what type of supervisor I am, and how I can improve to help out my staff.”

“The small setting was great and it helped digest the content effectively.”

“If you are considering Site Leader Institute, you will not be disappointed! Be prepare[d] to participate in an insightful, thought-provoking training. Allowing yourself to be fully present will provide meaningful engagements, self-reflection, self-revelation. You will leave with significant recourse and skillsets that will support you[r] desire to be an organized and intentional supervisor.”

What participants had to say about the trainer, Timothy Fowler:
“Timothy is an incredibly supportive and effective presenter. He turns everything into a positive and redirects comments and conversation with such ease. I want to be like Timothy! I love the touch of personal experience and stories of his own growth…made the processes more relatable, mixed with proven/researched methods.”

“Timothy has been THE BEST presenter, trainer, etc. He’s always clear, concise, and makes everything easier to understand & made sure that we did before we moved on.”

“Tim is an amazing instructor! He’s inviting, knowledgeable, open to new ideas, and most of all interactive. Very high energy. Learned so much and it was also a refresher on what I may have been doing right which is a nice acknowledgement…it’s not an easy task to keep adults engaged for 3 hours on a screen. Job well done!”

Beyond the Bell

Participants will receive access to Beyond the Bell 4th Edition. American Institutes for Research (AIR) created the book Beyond the Bell as an aid to the many afterschool directors across the country who needed support in operations. Beyond the Bell 4th Edition offers a straightforward guide to planning, decision making, recruiting, and communications in an afterschool setting.

Professional Membership

Each participant will receive a membership in the Network for Youth Success and a national level membership in the National Afterschool Association (NAA). These memberships include discounts on conferences and members-only newsletters, among other benefits.


$700.00 per person. Click here to complete Part 1 of registration. If you wish to pay via invoice or means other than a credit car, please email Timothy directly:

Registration is a two-part process. Part one includes payment and identifying participants; part two enters each participant into Zoom, and gathers address information to send training materials.

Scholarship funding to participate in this training may be available through the Educational Incentive Program (EIP). For more information or to apply for a scholarship, please visit You may also contact EIP by email at or by phone at either (800) 295-9616 or (518) 442-6575.

Training Policies: Read our full training event policies here.


Register Here for the Spring 2024 Site Leader Institute!