Afterschool programs are dedicated to OUSD's Community Schools vision through our focus on Youth Development programming, including:
Youth are actively engaged through community-based projects. Youth will continue learning and having fun after school, and meaningfully engage with their communities. We are aligned with the Oakland Community Schools vision: that all students graduate college, career, and community ready.
Youth and adults come together in the community to create change. Youth will be leaders in their community and for their voices to be heard. When youth are the ones creating change, and when adults partner with youth to help create that change, the entire community benefits.
Social & Emotional Learning
Youth are safe and supported through positive relationships. Youth are safe and supported in all of their programs, and all programs emphasize social and emotional learning in addition to academic learning. Through this focus, we can ensure our youth graduate with the essential life skills needed to succeed in college, career, and community.
Additionally, we are dedicated to OUSD's commitment to continuous improvement and accountability through:
Diverse School & Community Partnerships
Our school partners are experienced community organizations that specialize in youth development. Together with the Afterschool Programs office, each organization annually completes a Youth Program Quality Intervention cycle by reviewing data, developing quality action plans, and implementing action plans for improvement.
Quality Standards & Continuous Improvement
We use a research-based Program Quality Assessment tool to design and evaluate our programs. With this tool, we measure each of our program’s quality of youth experience, learning environment, and staff practices. The PQA is designed to identify developmental experiences that young people need to thrive and grow into healthy adulthood.
Leadership & Staff
We collaborate with afterschool staff to continuously improve practices through training and support. We have a comprehensive system of staff supports, including professional development, collaboration toward authentic self-assessment processes, and an afterschool staff to teacher pipeline. Additionally, the Afterschool Programs Office utilizes social and emotional learning standards in facilitation of meetings and professional learning.