Weekly Media Roundup: April 24, 2024


Weekly Media Roundup: April 24, 2024

Nonprofit Gives Penn Hills Kids a Safe Place to Gather After School, KDKA News (Pennsylvania)

At the Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens afterschool program in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, students conduct science experiments, play indoor and outdoor sports, and are paired with adult mentors who offer support and guidance. Kahlil Darden founded the program five years ago after the local YMCA closed. He was a student at the time, attending Penn Hills High School. “I faced a lot of traumatic experiences over the last few years, and for me, it was being able to take that pain and turn it into purpose and provide spaces for young people who might be experiencing the things that I went through,” Darden told KDKA News. Thanks to additional funding, the program will soon have a computer lab and art studio.

School Districts Across CT Likely to Cut Jobs, Programs in Coming Months as Money Runs Out, Register Citizen (Connecticut)

As the federal COVID relief funding expires, many afterschool, summer learning, and tutoring programs in Connecticut will face deep cuts or elimination, finds a new School and State Finance Project survey of state superintendents. “Now we’re actually seeing what it means from a student standpoint and a program standpoint and a staff standpoint,” Michael Morton, deputy executive director of the School and State Finance Project, told the Register Citizen. “You’re seeing the actual impact of the cuts and what is going to be lost and how it’s going to impact students.”

Extension Office Takes 4-H Into the Urban Classrooms, Tribune Chronicle (Ohio)

Through its Extension in the Classroom program, the Ohio State University Extension is partnering with four afterschool programs and four public schools in Mahoning County to bring 4-H programming to students in urban communities. The lessons focus on hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects and career exploration. People used to think that one had to be on a farm to participate in 4-H,” urban extension educator Kristen Eisenhauer told the Tribune Chronicle. “Gaining new 4-H members is not the goal of the classroom program, but we do end up with some kids joining a club.”

Teen HYPE Celebrates 20 Years of Empowering Youth with New Stage Performance, Michigan Chronicle (Michigan)

Since 2004, the Teen HYPE afterschool program has provided more than 35,000 Detroit-area students with mentorship and arts enrichment. Each year, students collaborate to write, stage and perform an original musical. To celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary, Teen HYPE is presenting a public performance of “Strung,” which is set in a beauty salon and explores the impact of social media across generations and socioeconomic classes. “When our young people perform on stage, they get to be seen, celebrated and validated in a world where they are often invisible,” Teen HYPE CEO Ambra Redrick told the Michigan Chronicle. “Our teens are using theater to reverse the wrongs they see in our world. They see firsthand their collective power and through theater their voice is amplified.”

Weekly Media Roundup: May 15, 2024

This Affordable Housing Project Wasn’t Going to Happen – And Then an Unlikely Partnership Formed, Fast Company By teaming up with a new affordable housing development, the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle in New York doubled the size of its facility to 22,000 feet. The new...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/15/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 8, 2024

After-School Programs Expect to Scale Down with Pandemic Aid Ending, K-12 Dive In a new Afterschool Alliance survey of more than 8,800 afterschool programs, about 4 out of 5 providers said they were concerned about children in their communities who need afterschool not having it, and the vast...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/08/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 1, 2024

A Clovis Mother Identifies a Critical Need: More After-School Child Care, The Fresno Bee (California) In a recent guest column for the Fresno Bee, Noha Elbaz shared how post-pandemic staffing shortages at afterschool programs have impacted her family. Before COVID, her family benefited from...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/01/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 24, 2024

Nonprofit Gives Penn Hills Kids a Safe Place to Gather After School, KDKA News (Pennsylvania) At the Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens afterschool program in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, students conduct science experiments, play indoor and outdoor sports, and are paired with adult mentors who...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/24/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 17, 2024

The CARE Center Collecting Snacks, Books for Upcoming Summer Learning Program, WHNT (Alabama) In preparation for its summer learning program, the CARE Center in Huntsville, Alabama is hosting a food and book drive so each of the 300 students participating in its summer program will receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/17/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 10, 2024

Detroit Kids Dance Through School Work at After-School Program, CBS News Detroit (Michigan) At the Let’s Dance afterschool program at Detroit’s Dufree Innovation Society, students work with teaching artists on dance routines with academic concepts built in. Afterward, the same...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/11/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 3, 2024

At IPS School 43, Teaching Kids to Read is a Community Effort, WISH-TV (Indiana) At the Martin Luther King Community Center’s afterschool program in Indianapolis, Indiana, elementary school students are paired with mentors who encourage them to read through a variety of engaging...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/03/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 27, 2024

The Opp Helps Mr. Calloway’s Students Thrive, Tulsa Kids (Oklahoma) Thanks to support from The Opportunity Project, students at the Culinary Arts afterschool program at East Central Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma are practicing cooking techniques while also learning about budgeting and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/27/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 20, 2024

Matthew McConaughey and ASU Are Helping an Arizona School District. Here's How, Arizona Republic (Arizona) Matthew McConaughey and Arizona State University (ASU) have teamed up to help a Phoenix-area school district apply for federal afterschool funding included in the Bipartisan Safer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/20/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 13, 2024

English Learners Stopped Coming to Class During the Pandemic. One Group is Tackling the Problem By Helping Their Parents, Hechinger Report In North Carolina, nearly one third of English language learning students were chronically absent last year, a rate significantly higher than the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/13/24