School and Community Partnerships

On this page, you will find resources and webinar recordings of trainings related to encouraging and forming partnerships with school districts and/or community partners to provide afterschool and youth development programming. NOTE: The titles of the webinars are either registration links or the webinar recordings themselves.

Building Curricula and Activities

Sustainability Planning for After ESSER Funding

Connecting to Community Partners

The Scope of Afterschool

Designing Programming with a Needs Assessment and Asset Mapping

Archived Partnership Webinars

Using Data to Design Afterschool Programs

ACT Now conducted a webinar for school administrators and leaders to help them identify what types of data should be collected, how data should be interpreted, and how to create concrete steps for development from that data. By the end of this webinar, attendees are able to begin data collection processes and understand how to quantitatively interpret results for program creation.

Connecting School Districts to Community Partners

This webinar is geared towards school administrators and leaders. This webinar will provide background information regarding ESSER III funding and requirements, the benefits of partnering with established community-based organizations, and best practices when developing community partnerships. Attendees of this webinar should expect to leave with knowledge of how to conduct a needs assessment, how to identify key community organizations based on student and family need, and how to establish effective outreach to organizations with the intention of partnering.

Creating Afterschool and Partnerships to Support Students Learning

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently announced that it will be awarding ESSER III afterschool and summer learning funding DIRECTLY to school districts. To review ISBE’s ESSER III allocations, click here. In response, along with the Illinois Principals Association, ACT Now hosted webinars for school administrators in order to encourage collaboration between schools and community-based organizations for afterschool and summer learning opportunities.