Creating a Positive Program Climate through RULER

A Community Commitment is a tool to help create and sustain positive climates in OST programs. The Community Commitment creation process helps us learn more about our peers and youth. It also helps us work together to make our site a safe and enjoyable workplace. Periodically revisiting our Community Commitment reminds us of the culture we want to cultivate in our program.

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Staff Reflections

After viewing the video, find relevance and meaning by making connections between the video and your OST experience by reflecting. Feel free to respond to the prompts below by writing in a journal, sharing in small/large groups, or taking a moment to sit with your own thoughts. Use the approach that fits best in your setting. 

Prompt 1

How do you want to feel while you are at work? What can you do to feel this way more often?

Prompt 2

How do you think your program’s emotional climate impacts youth engagement, relationships, and behavior?

Staff Activities

After viewing the video, engage staff in activities to practice and explore key RULER concepts. Click the thumbnails below to download the activities and tip sheet.

A Joyful Time

Developing a Staff Community Commitment

Creating a Positive Program Climate through RULER Tip Sheet

Youth Activity

Developing a Community Commitment

Elementary School

Middle/High School

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Learn More

RULER in OST videos and resources are available at no cost. Any organized program that works with youth outside of school time (e.g., afterschool programs, camps, clubs, sports, parks, recreation programs, etc.) will be able to take advantage of RULER in OST.

Are you looking to train new RULER implementation team members at your school during the 2024-25 school year? Applications for our upcoming RULER Training Institutes are now open.

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