February is Heart Month, and it’s a perfect time to promote cardiovascular wellness at your after-school program. The American Heart Association (AHA) encourages all Americans to find a fun way to increase their heart health, starting in February and working year-round. Continue reading
For busy parents, finding the right activities for their kids involves so much more than great programming. These days families also look for high-level communication and efficiency. Online registration and payments, as well as mobile access, are among the tools that pave the way. Continue reading
The number one concern of a camp manager or recreation director is safety, full stop. As the digital world becomes as important to managing your organization as the physical assets you own, you have more concerns than ever before.
We believe prevention is the key to a truly safe environment, whether it be your digital assets or your facilities. Here are a few recommendations on being proactive in your safety measures rather than reactive. Continue reading
Random Farms Kids’ Theater fits the “upstart” profile to a tee: A teenager started a theater in her parents’ basement in Chappaqua, New York. That was more than 20 years ago. RFKT has since become a widely publicized success, with a long list of actors going on to professional careers on the stage and in TV/film. Continue reading
You’re about to plunge deep into marketing your summer programs. As you do, are you finding your messaging and tactics a little stale?
As you set goals for a new season, it’s a good time to revisit your marketing strategies with these 3 steps: Continue reading
Everybody loves a good TED Talk. And you can find “playlists” all over TED.com with talks focused on particular topics and audiences. As inspiration for 2018, we decided to make a “Let’s Talk Kids” playlist, curated especially for YOU.
This idea required no small amount of digging. As youth leaders in schools, camps and enrichment opportunities, you’re a diverse audience with vast interests. But there’s something for everyone on this list. Check out these “ideas worth spreading,” according to TED. Continue reading
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This time of year traditions take center stage. We revisit certain foods, activities and practices that come ’round only in December. But traditions and rituals impact our lives more than we sometimes think. Continue reading
Imagine a child who’s frustrated, angry or agitated. Normally, she might throw a tantrum, speak sharply to a friend or sit in sullen rebellion, refusing to participate in the activities around her.
But what if this time, instead of reacting to or internalizing her feelings, she retreats to a quiet corner of the room. She picks up a water bottle full of glitter and shakes it. She breathes slowly, in and out, while watching the glitter slowly settle to the bottom of the bottle. How does this make her feel? Continue reading
Sexual predators have been at the center of national conversations this fall, with #MeToo going viral on social networks in the wake of Hollywood scandals. With 12 million comments, posts and reactions in less than 24 hours, #MeToo shed light on the numbers of those victimized by sexual harassment and assault.1
The issue is especially relevant for educators and administrators working with children, as there’s no higher priority than keeping kids safe. Continue reading
Social media is rapidly influencing the tone, tools and methods traditionally used for all kinds of communication—including fundraising. Last spring the website Nonprofit Tech for Good reported that 21% of peer-to-peer fundraising dollars are the result of a direct click-through on social media.1
But social media has a way of making us feel agitated and overwhelmed, especially when it comes to developing and managing effective strategies for our bottom line. So, let’s take a deep breath, and consider the long game. You may not be a social media expert, but if you’re at the helm of a private school, youth organization, or camp, you already possess the foundational skills for an effective social strategy. Continue reading