Becoming a Youth Leader – An Afterschool Journey


By Derrick Hatch, National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award 2018 Winner

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Mr. Derrick with his YAB leadership students.

A Job Or A Career?

When I began working in the afterschool field, I didn’t quite know what I was signing up for. Sure, I was excited about the job; but at the time, it was a placeholder until something better came along.

Oh how wrong I was.

In the beginning, I didn’t think I was quite cut out for the work. Here I was, a white 23 year-old from suburban Southern California. Was I really qualified to be working with kids and teens in the inner-city? What if they laughed at me? What if they made fun of me?

Well, they did laugh, and they did make fun of me. And I joyfully embraced it all. Continue reading

Indoor Activity Ideas for Senior Residents


Are your residents feeling “stuck” indoors during the cold or rainy weather? If your residents are bored or are suffering from cabin fever, create some fun activities that use their mind, their hands, and their creativity. Here are a few to test out today:


To stimulate the mind, start off with matching games for residents to play, like a memory match game with real life images and thick foam pieces to make them easy to grasp. In addition, try out several new trivia games for your residents, like a Jingles and Taglines trivia game, a legends of the Old West trivia game, or a 1960s trivia game.

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How to Make a Modern DIY Dream Catcher


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Create a modern day style dream catcher using acrylic yarn, craft rings, and liquid watercolor.


You’ll also need:

DIY Dream Catcher Tutorial

Follow along with the video below, or read through the step by step tutorial to learn how to make your own modern dream catcher! Continue reading

Easy Ideas for Read Across America Day


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March 2nd is Read Across America Day!

Read Across America Day has been a day created by the National Education Association (NEA) to celebrate reading since 1998. The NEA chose the beloved Dr. Seuss’s birthday to get children excited about literacy and reading, much like a pep rally for football. So, we want to help cheer children on as they develop a love for reading and provide you with some easy, hands-on and fun actvities. We’ve gathered together our favorite crafts and ideas to engage your students and bring their reading to life on Read Across America Day. Continue reading

Featured PE Teacher – Christopher Jordan


This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Christopher Jordan!

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About Christopher:

I am a Physical Edication at Newbury Elementary School in Newbury, MA. I teach Kindergarten through 6th Grade, and a total of 405 students. I have been at Newbury Elementary School since I graduated college in January of 2016. I am currently working on a gymnastics unit with grades 2nd-6th.

PE Focus for 2018:

This year my school has introduced a new program called Life Skills for grades 4th-6th. It is essentially a class that promotes health in the area of personal development. Continue reading

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