Register now for the

2019 Site Leader Institute!

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?

New York State Network for Youth Success Offices
415 River Street, Second Floor
Troy, New York 12180

When does it happen?

  • Orientation webinar: July 17th, 10 AM
  • Content webinar, “Beyond the Bell” resource: July 31st, 10 AM
  • In-person session (two days): August 19th & 20th
  • Community Check-In Meetings (virtual):  September, November, January, April

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 positive youth development approaches and the supervision of those approaches. The training will also review practices on resource management, family and community partnerships, project management, and coaching techniques for supervisors.

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.

Beyond the Bell

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.

Ongoing Technical Assistance

Following the in-person session in August, the format of the sessions will shift. Instead of focusing on new content, sessions will be timed to allow participants to digest what they have learned, apply it in their programs, and bring questions and challenges back to their training partners (the trainers and co-participants). This method will give participants the chance to apply what they have learned to their specific context, school, and community, and still receive professional development support in implementation. While the Network for Youth Success has resources and knowledge to share, the application and implementation of the knowledge is the most important and most challenging part of the learning process. The trainers will encourage group sharing of ideas and resources during these sessions, but the focus will be on responding to specific challenges and concerns raised by members of the group. This will allow deeper learning of the material, while also giving participants the chance to benefit from the scenarios and expertise of other participants.


$900.00 per person



Participants must register in advance unless otherwise noted. ◆ Those not registered (including children) will not be permitted into the training space. ◆ Any fees must be paid in advance in order to guarantee registration at the training event. ◆ Refunds will not be given for “no shows” or those cancelling less than two weeks prior to the event. ◆ A transaction fee of $20 will be charged on any refund given. ◆ Trainers have the right and responsibility to refuse credit for attendance to anyone who does not stay for the entire session, or who does not participate fully. ◆ By registering, participants agree to have their image used in Network for Youth Success promotional materials, including but not limited to social media, websites, and print.


Webinar 1: Intro

Webinar 2: Beyond the Bell

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