Safe and supportive environment
The program provides a safe and nurturing environment that supports, social-emotional and physical need of all students.
The program recruits and retains high quality staff and volunteers who are focused on creating a positive learning environment, and provides ongoing professional development based on assessed staff needs
Active and engaged learning
Program and design and activities reflect active, meaningful and engaging learning methods that promote collaboration and expand student horizons.
Clear vision, mission and purpose
The program has a clearly defined vision, mission, goals, and measurable outcomes that reflect broad stakeholder input and drive program design, implementation and improvement.
The program maintains high expectations for all students, intentionally links programs goals and curricula with 21st century skills and provides activities to help students achieve mastery.
The program intentionally builds and supports collaborative relationships among internal and external stakeholders, including families, schools and community, to achieve program goals.
Youth voice and leadership
The program provides and supports intentional opportunities for students to play a meaningful role in program design and implementation, and provides ongoing access to authentic leadership roles.
Continuous quality improvement
The program uses data from multiple sources to assess its strengths and weaknesses in order to continuously improve program design, outcomes and impact.
Healthy choices and behaviors
The program promotes student well-being through opportunities to learn about and practice balanced nutrition, physical activity and other healthy choices in an environment that supports a healthy life style.
The program has sound fiscal and administrative practices supported by well-defined and documented policies and procedures that meet grant requirements.
Diversity, access and equity
The program creates and environment in which students experience values that embrace diversity and equity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, income, level, national origin, physical ability, sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression.
The program builds enduring partnerships with the community and secures commitments for in-kind and monetary contributions.