Our goal is to provide local, state, and national resources to help identify and meet the needs of youth in Clark County as well as to enhance and assess the effectiveness of programs. Check back frequently for new information.


Promising Practices

One of the goals of the OJJDP (Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention) grant is to build a self-sustaining collaborative of afterschool providers, working together to address the needs of at-risk youth.  One way to collaborate is to share program practices that are proven to work.  Sharing has the potential to quickly increase performance.  As a result, we encourage programs to share promising practices or proven techniques with the afterschool community.

Click Here for Descriptions of Promising Practices, Promising Practices Applications, and Training Plans.

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Ohio Afterschool Network (OAN): The OAN brings together policymakers, educators, parents, and service providers to support youth, families, and communities by advocating and building capacity with a unified voice for sustainable investments in safe, healthy, and nurturing afterschool experiences.

National Afterschool Association (NAA): NAA is the membership association for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours.

Harvard Family Research Project: HFRP helps stakeholders develop and evaluate strategies to promote the well being of youth, families, and their communities by working primarily within three areas that support children’s learning and development—early childhood education, out-of-school time programming, and family and community support in education.

Red Tree House:Red Treehouse established its roots in a partnership between Ohio Family and Children First (OFCF) and the Ronald McDonald House® of Cleveland, Inc. (RMH). Explore resources to help children and young adults, prenatal through age 25.

Wittenberg University: Wittenberg University provides a liberal arts education dedicated to intellectual inquiry and wholeness of person within a diverse residential community. Wittenberg challenges students to become responsible global citizens, to discover their callings, and to lead personal, professional, and civic lives of creativity, service, compassion, and integrity.

Hagen Center for Civic & Urban Engagement: The Center provides students a link to the local community and beyond so that they may explore hands-on experiences in their major field of study, their future career path, or their personal area of interest. By connecting students with government agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses, the Center empowers students to take an active role in addressing challenges faced in American cities today.