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Weekly Media Roundup: April 15, 2020

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Weekly Media Roundup: April 15, 2020

After School Program Adjusting to Help Kids When There’s No School, QuadCities.com (Iowa)

While in-person programming is suspended due to coronavirus, the Spring Forward afterschool program in the Quad Cities region of Iowa has launched Spring Forward At Home. Through a partnership with Howard Health Quarters, the virtual program includes wellness activities streamed online at 4:00 PM each day, as well as positive messages and activities distributed via social media. “We like to give a message for the kids to encourage them to keep up on their learning,” Aaron Howard, owner of Howard Health Quarters, told QuadCities.com. “But then we also want to help them engage in some activity that’s good for them.”

Despite The Current Crisis, Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Continues Helping Kids In Need, Forbes

Using the video software Zoom, the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in New York City is continuing its drug prevention, literacy, and Imagine Science programs, and other activities while in-person programs are closed due to coronavirus. Staff are also hosting social calls online so students can catch up with their friends while maintaining social distancing. “Parents really appreciate these efforts from Kips Bay to stay engaged virtually,” Executive Director Daniel Quintero told Forbes.

After-School Programs Find Ways to Reach Kids, The Philadelphia Tribune (Pennsylvania)

Both the Mighty Writers and the After School Activities Partnerships (ASAP) programs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are continuing to support students academically and emotionally while schools and programs are closed due to coronavirus. The Mighty Writers program, which helps about 3,500 students develop their writing skills across genres, is distributing boxes with food, writing worksheets in English and Spanish, as well as children’s books and young adult novels. The program is also holding virtual tutoring programs and weekly poetry contests. ASAP, which facilitates afterschool and summer enrichment programs for more than 5,000 students, is hosting daily online activities through its “After School at Home” initiative. “Through this, students are able to engage in chess, Scrabble, debate or drama activities. Everyday there is a different initiative,” ASAP Scrabble Manager Caroline Henley told the Philadelphia Tribune.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest NJ: Efforts Through Crisis, TAPinto.net (New Jersey)

More than 5,200 children are benefiting from twice daily interactive virtual meetups, a Virtual Club and Information Station, and “Zoom Rooms” organized by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest New Jersey while schools and programs are closed due to coronavirus. The meetups include live story time, themed dress-up days, crafts, and educational activities, while the Virtual Club & Information Station features a wide variety of resources, science and technology projects, exercise videos, resources for parents helping children with schoolwork, and more. Through the “Zoom Rooms,” staff host supervised social gatherings and facilitate conversations with students. “Since the closure of their sites on March 17th, the staff has worked diligently to remain connected to their members, and the community,” Director of Resource Development and Marketing Devon Maloney wrote in TAPinto.net.

Weekly Media Roundup: August 26, 2020

Where Atlanta Parents Turn When Children Can’t Do Online School at Home, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia) Afterschool providers throughout Atlanta, Georgia are stepping up to provide safe, supportive environments for students to do distance learning while their parents are...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/26/20

Weekly Media Roundup: August 19, 2020

After-School Programs Adjusting to COVID-19 Challenges, Live 5 News (South Carolina) Several organizations in Charleston, South Carolina are finding creative ways to support students as the start of a new school year approaches. For example, the Metanoia Youth Leadership Academy will offer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/19/20

Weekly Media Roundup: August 12, 2020

Safe Spaces: Back-To-School Options For Cleveland's Working Parents, Idea Stream (Ohio) This fall, when Cleveland schools open remotely, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio is planning to serve more than 500 students with enriching all-day, in-person programming. To do so, the Club...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/12/20

Weekly Media Roundup, August 5, 2020

The After School All Stars Program Provides Support for Both Students and Parents, WSFL-TV (Florida) When schools closed due the pandemic, After School All Stars (ASAS) quickly found ways to support students and families remotely, first with a virtual afterschool program and then with a virtual...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/05/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 29, 2020

Prime Time Palm Beach Continues Programs, Lake Okeechobee News (Florida) When schools closed due to the pandemic, Prime Time Palm Beach County quickly created an online library where families could choose from more than 2,000 learning activities designed to help students discover new interests...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/29/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 22, 2020

ACPS’s Summer Learning Classes Aid Coronavirus Learning Slump, Local DVM (Virginia) This summer, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) in Virginia are offering free virtual summer learning classes to all students to keep them engaged, academically enriched, and connected to one another....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/22/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 15, 2020

Hoops and Homework Centers in Framingham Reopen with ‘Super Duper Excited’ Students, Metrowest Daily News (Massachusetts) When schools and programs closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hoops and Homework afterschool program quickly pivoted to supporting students through...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/15/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 8, 2020

Boys & Girls Club Delivers Camp For Kids, New Haven Independent (Connecticut) This week, about 60 students ages five to 14 started a six-week summer learning camp at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven in Connecticut. Students are divided into small pods, wearing masks and practicing...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/08/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 1, 2020

Learning Center to Have At-Home Learning Sessions, Meadeville Tribune (Pennsylvania) Each Monday through Thursday in July, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mentoring Program in Meadeville, Pennsylvania will hold interactive, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lessons online....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/01/20

Weekly Media Roundup: June 24, 2020

JCPS' New Summer School Program Offers Virtual Adventures, Big-Ticket Prizes, Courier Journal (Kentucky) Through the Jefferson County Public Schools’ online “Summer League” program, students in Louisville, Kentucky can explore new interests and keep their academic skills...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/24/20