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Vision:
All Kalamazoo County youth are ready for career, college, and life by 21.
Mission:
Ensure that all Kalamazoo County youth have access to high quality out-of-school time (OST) programs that are well coordinated and use resources efficiently.
Latest Posts >

Michigan AfterSchool Association - Our very own Deborah Warfield will be at the Michigan AfterSchool Association Spring Conference 2017 on Friday, May 12th to present: Rewiring the Brain; Mindfulness, Music and Color with Social Emotional Learning. #KYDNetwork #OST
4-13 Thought Leader Session with Katie Brackenridge - Listen to this fascinating conversation on how to align Social and Emotional Learning and Out-of-School Time between Karen Pittman and Katie Brackenridge of the Partnership for Children and Youth. (Via Ready by 21/The Forum for Youth Investment) #OST
Mindful Schools - We are using this approach in our OST sector in Kalamazoo. #KYDNetwork #Mindful #OST
Community Post: 13 Children’s Books That Encourage Kindness Towards Others - #MondayMotivation 13 Children’s books that encourage kindness toward others. #KydNetwork
Empathy Is Tough to Teach, But Is One Of the Most Important Life Lessons - Empathy is not found in many official school standards, but it could be one of the most important qualities to develop in young citizens who will go on to be successful actors in a complicated world. #MotivationMonday #KYDNetwork #Empathy
Eastside Literacy Events – Creating a Culture of Reading | Kalamazoo Literacy Council - The Kalamazoo Literacy Council and Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity (KVHH) are partnering up to bring five “Creating a Culture of Reading” literacy events to the Eastside Neighborhood. These five “Creating a Culture of Reading” events will be taking place […]
Summer Learning Day – National Summer Learning Association - National Summer Learning Day is fast approaching! Are you ready? Are you hosting a Summer Learning Day event? If so, be sure to put it on the map so families and media can find you: #SummerLearning #KYDNet #Youth
Summer Learning Day – National Summer Learning Association - National Summer Learning Day is fast approaching! Are you ready? Are you hosting a Summer Learning Day event? If so, be sure to put it on the map so families and media can find you: #SummerLearning #KYDNet from Kalamazoo Youth […]
How One City Is Working to Make Learning Count Outside of School - “What we’ve seen is that students tend to work really hard in these expanded learning opportunities because this is something that they are deeply invested in, and it’s something that’s very personal for them…” #SummerLearning #KydNetwork Read More: from Kalamazoo […]

KydNet Infographic

Kydnet Infographic by Boiling Pot Media

Upcoming Events

Jul
28
Fri
10:00 am Youth Leadership Retreat @ Pretty Lake Camp
Youth Leadership Retreat @ Pretty Lake Camp
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
10:00am – 2:00pm Focus given to key community issues: -Racial Tension -Health & Wellness -Youth Violence/Healthy Neighborhoods -College & Career Readiness 2:00pm – 4:00pm Stay for outdoor fun Open to Kalamazoo County youth ages 14 – 21 Register today! Download[...]
Aug
8
Tue
10:00 am Social Emotional Learning Affini... @ Greater Kalamazoo United Way
Social Emotional Learning Affini... @ Greater Kalamazoo United Way
Aug 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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Sep
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Sep 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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Dec
12
Tue
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Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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Focus Areas -

Quality

Quality matters in the out-of-school time and we know how to build a quality OST organization and program. KYD Network is part of the David Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality’s network of communities that are implementing the Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI).



Social Emotional Learning

Youth, parents, out-of-school time professionals, and educators across the country acknowledge that youth are missing a critical piece of their “education.” We know that in addition to reading and writing, we need to teach resilience and responsibility, respect, and sound decision making.

DARS Survey


Parent Engagement

The out-of-school time (OST) sector will authentically engage with parents and caregivers to develop their leadership skills to support their child’s social emotional development and school success.
 
 
 


Advocacy

KYD Network seeks to advocate for policies and sustainable funding streams that enhance and support high quality OST programming.
 
 
 


Youth Leadership

In 2015, the Kalamazoo County Youth Cabinet was created by KYD Network and other local non-profits to provide youth, ages 14 to 20, with an opportunity to shape their community. The Cabinet is, “Building the community WE want, making the changes WE need” by identifying issues of importance to youth and developing solutions to address these challenges.
Register for the Webinar: Increasing Youth Voice and Leadership