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Challenges of being a Director of a New York City After School Program

  • Jan 15, 2019
  • Leadership

After school programs for youth have become increasingly popular as policymakers are suggesting it as a solution for various juvenile problems. But there are certain challenges unique to such programs. There is a need on the part of policymakers, federal government and financiers to balance their expectations of these programs with the realities which they […]

Creating a Learning Culture-Quality After-School Program in NYC

  • Dec 05, 2018
  • Leadership

Creating a learning culture among your staff is crucial for the growth and stability of your quality after-school program in NYC. With a learning culture, you can encourage progressive learning. You can also develop beliefs with your staff that systems can impact each other. The constant process of learning elevates the status of the employee […]

Creating SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures)

  • Oct 24, 2018
  • Leadership

What are Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)? Standard Operating Procedures, or SOPs, are a set of instructions that have been clearly defined at a business, organization or institution that have to be followed to achieve optimal quality and efficiency at the work place. These guidelines are crucial in ensuring that the staff are performing as per […]

Conducting a Performance Analysis to Understand Your Staff.

  • Oct 17, 2018
  • Leadership

Analyze and Understand Your Staff! As the director, you need to ensure that you carry out routine performance evaluations to check the performance levels of your staff. This way, not only will your staff know that you are serious about their work but are also serious in ensuring that everyone is up to the mark […]

Understanding Your Workforce

  • Oct 09, 2018
  • Leadership

Understand the Needs of Your Staff! The most important assets of any institution are your employees. They are the ones who work day in day out to make sure that everything is working optimally. It is for this reason that it is important to analyze their feelings and requirements, to understand their needs and strengths […]

Building Your Team for an After-School Program – Knowing Your Why!

  • Oct 02, 2018
  • Leadership

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins A majority of people live life as it happens. We wake up in the morning, get ready for work, go about our routine job, face our boss, and come back home, make money, manage problems of personal life, go […]

The Credential Experience as Opportunity

  • Aug 03, 2018
  • Leadership

I spend my days training after-school program directors and line staff. One of the trainings I am most excited to lead is Dignity of Children’s New York State School-Age Care (SAC) Credential Preparatory Course.

Parenting in the 21st Century Part III

  • Feb 20, 2018
  • Leadership

In our final installment we will be looking at the story of Abdul, a 16 year old who took what could have been a negative situation and turned it into an opportunity to support his community.

Parenting in the 21st Century: Part II

  • Feb 15, 2018
  • Leadership

Parenting in the 21st Century is not easy but its doable. In this article from Dignity of Children we look at three unique young people who solved problems in their community through the use of 21st Century skills.

Parenting in the 21st Century: Part I

  • Feb 13, 2018
  • Leadership

Childhood can be a wonderful, magical, and illuminating journey for each child that leads into a deeper connection to self and the outside world. This unfolding also leads to more challenging realities such as grappling with gender and racial identity, fighting for community resources, dismantling discrimination, and even coming to grips with the consequences of […]