Shared goal(s): Establish or Sustain community learning hubs/pods/academic-childcare collaborative, Prevent summer learning loss


youthCONNECT is a group of high-performing nonprofits that collaborate with schools to improve students’ readiness for employment and post-secondary education. youthCONNECT partners check in with youth at least once a week—in some cases almost daily—to provide encouragement, positivity, and a non-family outlet for them to vent. Early in the shutdown, youthCONNECT partners learned that the mode of communication that one student prefers may not work for another and that some students will be more resistant to connecting. youthCONNECT partners have tried individual and group text messages, phone calls, social media, and virtual meetings on different platforms to find the mode that works for each student. For students who don’t respond, partners have reached out to family members or through a student’s friends; in other cases, they can enlist school administrators and teachers for help. And some partners have used other approaches: Urban Alliance created an Instagram account to connect with students they hadn’t heard from, and Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (MMYC) has used food bag delivery as a time to talk to students and families in person from a safe distance.

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Lead organization partners: Urban Alliance, Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (Hillside), Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (MMYC), Peer Forward, and Year Up, Suitland High School

Kinds of organization: Direct Service Non-profit Organization, School/School District

Participant population: Youth (Ages 14-17 or Grades 9-12), Youth (Ages 5-13 or Grades K-8)

Youth development support targetted: Mental Health/Wellness/Mindfulness, Social and Emotional Learning/Character Development, Whole Child/Positive Youth Development

Primary funding source: Government Entity/Grant, Individual Contributions, Private Philanthropic Foundation



Timeframe: Fall 2020 (Academic Year), Spring 2021 (Academic Year), Winter 2020 (Academic Year)

Location: Maryland

Total capacity: Suitland High Population

Health and safety: Not applicable; We are not providing in-person supports.

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