Cultural Relevance

Students of Color

Aboriginal Access to Engineering (2013)
Aboriginal Access to Engineering aims to provide parents and educators with the tools they need to engage the youth in their lives with the idea of a future in engineering and the applied sciences. Site includes resources, learning modules, and stories from Aboriginal engineers. Order FREE hard copies or find an on-line comic book here: Read More

SACNAS (Society for Advancing Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) (2015)
SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science. As a national nonprofit, SACNAS brings together individuals and organizations interested in quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research, teaching, leadership, and policy. The organization provides a variety of resources, including scholarships, internships, fellowships, leadership development, evaluation and research, and mentoring. Read More

The Importance of Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs in African-American and Latino Communities (2013)
The national economy is slowly recovering from the Great Recession, yet a deeper examination of its effect on African-American and Latino households reveals that these communities are facing higher rates of unemployment, poverty, homelessness and food insecurity. This issue brief looks closely at the current economic state of African-American and Latino communities, the far-reaching impact of poverty on academic achievement and highlights the important role afterschool and summer programs play in supporting youth and families in these communities. Afterschool and summer learning programs provide youth who are most in need of support with a safe and supervised space, healthy snacks and meals, and an academically enriching environment. However, this issue brief outlines the challenges these programs confront to keep pace with demand for their services, as well as ensure their doors stay open to continue to provide essential resources that are highly valued in African-American and Latino communities. Download PDF

Indian Health Services - Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) increasingly face health challenges from lifestyle choices such as physical inactivity, poor diet, and substance abuse, and from conditions such as obesity and injury. The IHS Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) program aims to improve health by enhancing preventive efforts at local, regional, and national levels. By developing and implementing effective health promotion and chronic disease prevention programs, HPDP can increase the health of individuals, families, and communities across Indian country. Read More

Differently-abled Students

Afterschool Supporting Students with Disabilities and Other Special Needs (February 2014)
The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with MetLife Foundation, is proud to present the second of four issue briefs in our sixth series examining critical issues facing middle school youth and the vital role afterschool programs play in addressing these issues. This brief addresses the importance of a high school diploma for students with disabilities and other special needs, and how afterschool programs can provide an inclusive learning environment that supports students of all abilities. Read More

Teaching Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Instructional Strategies and Practices
Scholastic (2016)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects many students in our schools today. These children suffer from inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, which affects them academically as well as socially. This resource for teachers provides pertinent information centered around three components of a successful program for children with ADHD: academic instruction, behavioral interventions, and classroom accommodations. Read More

Kids Included Together (2011)
At Kids Included Together (KIT), we strive to help recreation, child development, and youth enrichment programs to better support inclusion. Our trainers and inclusion specialists offer a wide variety of strategies for giving children with and without disabilities access to participation. Although there are many strategies that can be used, professionals can focus on three key steps: provide a welcoming attitude, promote communication, and practice flexibility. Read More

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