ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

STYA: Adult-Supervised Activities

STYA: Adult-Supervised ActivitiesSTYA programs offer youth opportunities to be engaged in adult-supervised activities and to learn and practice new skills (STYA component 1B). Offered within a positive youth development framework, these activities are intended to promote learning and growth, build on participants' strengths, and connect youth to new possibilities for the future. They also provide a context for the development of positive relationships with adults and other youth. Examples of activities include:
  • Workplace visits, job shadowing, or career exploration
  • Cultural events (e.g., concerts, plays, art exhibits)
  • Sports and other physical activities (e.g., individual and team, competitive and noncompetitive)
  • Performing arts (e.g., live theatre and dance)
  • Visual arts (e.g., films that are appropriate for the age and developmental stage of the youth)
  • Scientific exploration (e.g., robotics, computers, science centers, experiments, and field studies)
  • Mentally stimulating games (i.e., games that challenge the mind and encourage deep interaction among participants, such as chess and selected computer games)
  • Nature-focused outdoor activities (e.g., hiking, gardening, and bird-watching)
  • Service-learning activities


Building Skills

Building Skills for Adulthood
This section of the ACT for Youth website links to a wealth of youth development activities, curricula, and other resources designed to support young people in transitioning to adulthood. Skill-building areas include: healthy development, parent-child communication, relationship skills, healthy life skills, career success, and financial literacy.

Youth Engagement

Youth Engagement
This section of the ACT for Youth website describes authentic youth engagement, youth engagement in programs and organizations, and youth-adult partnership. You'll also find links to additional resources on these pages.

Quality After-School Programs

New York State Network for Youth Success
The New York State Network for Youth Success is dedicated to building a youth-serving system that increases the quality and availability of afterschool and expanded learning programs. The Network supports all programs that promote young peopleƕs intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development outside the traditional school day.

Putting It All Together: Guiding Principles for Quality After-School Programs Serving Preteens
This report identifies characteristics of quality after-school programs that are linked to positive outcomes for preteens.

A Resource Guide for Planning and Operating Afterschool Programs
Now in its third edition, this guide from the National Center for Quality Afterschool describes readily available and inexpensive resources that support afterschool programs. Topics include management, communication, programming, community building and collaboration, and developing connections between K-12 educational and afterschool programs.

National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST)
NIOST's mission is to ensure that all children, youth, and families have access to high quality programs, activities, and opportunities.

Harvard Family Research Program: Out-of-School-Time Publications and Resources
The out-of-school time (OST) work of the Harvard Family Research Program is geared toward promoting the quality, accessibility, and sustainability of OST programs and activities across the nation.


Service-Learning: An Overview
This ACT for Youth article provides an overview of service-learning, including a summary of benefits to youth, and principles to guide the design of service-learning programs.

National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC)
The mission of NYLC is to create a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world with young people, their schools, and their communities through service-learning. NYLC sponsors an annual conference, publishes research, and offers service-learning curricula.

A project of NYLC, this multimedia website contains hundreds of resources: videos showing service-learning in action, interviews with teachers and students, model projects, and much more. Modules include Meaningful Service, Link to the Curriculum, Reflection, Diversity, Youth Voice, Partnerships, Progress Monitoring, and Duration and Intensity.