The Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center (SNBC) produced The Best of Both Worlds: Aligning Afterschool Programs with Youth Development Principles and Academic Standards to contribute to the growing body of work that is deepening the quality of afterschool programming. This document contains samples of SNBC’s application of California Department of Education content standards to innovative project-based learning clubs. It provides samples of project club outlines, single lesson plans, and blank templates for creating a program’s own club outlines and lesson plans. It also includes the youth development framework for practice that guides much of SNBC’s work.

We offer online samples of The Best of Both Worlds free of charge, and you can download select pages here in two different versions:Publications

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SNBC’s work was recently the basis of a report written by the Youth Development Institute in a recent publication series. Click here to download Practices to Keep in After-school and Youth Programs: Engaging Middle School Youth Through Project Based Learning Clubs (PDF).

SNBC was also highlighted in a publication produced by the Learning in Afterschool Project. Clickhere to access Afterschool Programs that Reflect the Learning in Afterschool & Summer Learning Principles.

Our afterschool program at A.P. Giannini Middle School was selected as one of six programs in the nation to profile in an Afterschool Alert Issue Brief produced by the MetLife Foundation and the Afterschool Alliance. Read about our work in this paperAfterschool: Providing Multiple Benefits to Middle School Students.