“In these uncertain times with new threats emerging to our physical and emotional well-being, our shared mission to change the odds for young people has never been so important. We are more committed than ever to building a field of allies all working together, using the best of what we know from science, to help all young people thrive.”
– Karen Pittman, President and CEO, The Forum for Youth Investment

As we all navigate this pandemic, the Forum seeks to offer reflections, tools, and resources – both our own and those from other leading national organizations – to help us all keep children and youth at the center as we’re adjusting. For example, in Karen’s recent blog, “What Happens When Out-of-School Time is All the Time?”, she ponders the critical questions of how we handle learning in this new age of social distancing.

We are closely monitoring the youth-serving field’s response and will be regularly updating the resources and tools organized below. In addition to this resource page, we are sharing tools and best practices on our social media channels. Follow @forumfyi on Twitter for regular updates and tools from the field. If you have resources you’d like to share, please email us at youth@forumfyi.org.

  • Let’s Talk the Future of Afterschool, a biweekly interactive conversation on Zoom, provides timely updates and resources to our membership and informs policymakers, funders, and other decision-makers about the state of the afterschool field's efforts and needs.


  • SEL Resources During COVID-19 includes social and emotional learning resources provided by CASEL and designed to support educators, parents, and anyone who works with children.

  • Managing Anxiety Around COVID-19 Tips from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Team offers a few ideas for managing the anxiety and uncertainty we’re all feeling.

  • The Virtual Facilitation Guide from Equity Meets Design is designed for organizations and people who are learning how to better facilitate in a virtual space, especially given the current challenges facing organizations.



  • Turnaround for Children Resource Page is a curated list of resources for parents and caregivers, teachers, educators and leaders—for any adult who has a trusting, supportive relationship with a child—and for children and young people themselves.

  • Building Positive Conditions for Learning at Home is a new resource from AIR that highlights four related concepts that are essential to consider: (1) adult readiness to support their child’s learning; (2) emotional safety; (3) supportive spaces; (4) engagement in learning.
  • The Three Rs (relationships, routines and resilience) from Pamela Cantor and Turnaround for Children offer tips and resources to help parents and families enrich the lives of young people in these three domains.

  • COVID-19 Resource Sheet for Opportunity Youth United is a dynamic, collaborative sheet to share resources among the OYUnited & youth organizing community. It includes events and opportunities, funding opportunities, general resources and supports, and a space for community asks.

Changing the odds for young people has never been more important