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Online Professional Learning and
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21st Century Community Learning Centers



Learn what literacy means and explore the skills students need to be successful. Learn more about integrating literacy-building experiences across your program.

Literacy: An Evolving Set of Skills

Discover how a student's literacy skills — oral language, reading and writing — develop over time in order to meet the needs of the young people you serve.

Why Literacy Is Important

Understand why your contribution to literacy development is so critical. Identify key strategies to implement literacy-building activities in all aspects of your program.

Deepen Your Understanding

Learn more about how to assist struggling readers, promote positive reading behaviors, and support future success and civic participation.

Learn More Library

Visit the Learn More Library to find links to numerous external resources including videos, lesson plans, publications and more.

My Notebook


The Notebook is a useful way to jot down notes as you go through the various topics available on the You For Youth website. If you'd like to use the notebook, please sign in if you already have an account or register now to join the Y4Y community!