Weekly Media Roundup: April 26, 2023


Weekly Media Roundup: April 26, 2023

Local After School Care Program Aims to Help Kids Regain Knowledge Lost Due to COVID, KFDA (Texas)

At the Bear Paws afterschool program in Amarillo, Texas, middle school students are participating in engaging activities to tackle learning loss from the pandemic. “We’re trying to approach it from all different angles to help those students fill in those academic gaps that were missed during the COVID years,” Darlene Martin, the director of Bear Paws, told KFDA. The program provides daily meals to the students and invites community leaders to come to the program and share their talents.

Afterschool Boys & Girls Club Program Targeting Substance Abuse Coming to Hanford Next Fall, The Sentinel (California)

This fall, the Boys & Girls Club of Hanford, California will open an afterschool program for middle and high school students focusing on drug prevention and incorporating a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities. “We’re going to give them hands-on experience using cutting-edge technology,” Hanford Parks and Community Services Director Brad Albert told The Sentinel. “Hopefully that will translate into students pursuing STEM degrees and careers right here in the Central Valley.” The program received a 5-year $2.45 million grant through Proposition 64, the California state ballot initiative that legalized the adult use of marijuana.

Report Finds ‘Huge Unmet Demand’ for Afterschool Programs Among Native American Families, Youth Today

Nearly half of Native Americans families surveyed as part of the 2020 America After 3PM study said they would enroll their child in an afterschool program if they could, but they did not have access to one. In addition to program availability, cost and transportation remain significant barriers to afterschool in Native American communities. “These kids are missing out on participating in programs and all the opportunities that programs afford,” Nikki Yamashiro, vice president of research at the Afterschool Alliance, told Youth Today. “There needs to be more done in terms of helping families overcome the barriers.” Programs such as the Two Feathers Native American Family Services afterschool program in Northern California are seeking to fill the gap with accessible, culturally relevant programming.

Connecticut's Summer Enrichment Program is Awarded $11.5 Million to Continue, Connecticut Public Radio (Connecticut)

Since its inception in 2021, Connecticut’s Summer Enrichment grant program has awarded funding to more than 400 summer learning programs across the state. This year, the State Department of Education announced it will allocate $11.5 million in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to provide transportation and scholarships so more students can participate. “This program is helping provide a safe and enriching summer experience for our kids and will benefit our communities for years to come,” Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont told Connecticut Public Radio.

Weekly Media Roundup: May 10, 2023

D.O.V.E.S Afterschool Program Builds Self-Esteem, Confidence in Local Elementary Students, WMDT (Maryland) At the D.O.V.E.S. (Daughters of Value, Excellence and Success) afterschool program in Salisbury, Maryland, young girls are empowered to be themselves and support one another and others in...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/10/23

Weekly Media Roundup: May 3, 2023

Rally at the Capitol for Funding Afterschool Programs, Fox 43 (Pennsylvania) Afterschool providers, parents and advocates gathered on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg today to urge the state legislature to pass House Bill 795, which would provide state funding for afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/03/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 26, 2023

Local After School Care Program Aims to Help Kids Regain Knowledge Lost Due to COVID, KFDA (Texas) At the Bear Paws afterschool program in Amarillo, Texas, middle school students are participating in engaging activities to tackle learning loss from the pandemic. “We’re trying to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/26/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 19, 2023

After-School Program and City Officials Celebrate Arbor Day, Cumberland Times-News (Maryland) In honor of Arbor Day, elementary school students from Allegany County Public Schools’ afterschool programs participated in a tree planting ceremony at Gene Mason Sports Complex in Cumberland,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/19/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 12, 2023

Schools Used ESSER Funds for After-School Programs. What Happens When the Money Runs Out? Education Week With the assistance of ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding, afterschool and summer programs throughout the country were able to expand and serve a greater number...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/12/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 5, 2023

After-School Programs Financed with Pandemic Funds Making a Difference in Chester County, Daily Local News (Pennsylvania) Funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is helping Mighty Writers and Coatesville Kids to College, two afterschool programs in Chester County, Pennsylvania, expand...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/05/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 29, 2023

Commentary: SC Afterschool Programs Can Help Close Gender Gap in STEM Industries, The Post and Courier (South Carolina) In a recent guest column for the Post and Courier, South Carolina Afterschool Alliance President and CEO Zelda Waymer notes the overlap between Women’s History Month and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/29/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 22, 2023

Non-Profit Helps Lynn Students Prepare for Careers in Human Services, CBS Boston (Massachusetts) At the Pathways to Opportunities afterschool program at Lynn Classical High School in Massachusetts, high schoolers explore careers in human services with help from mentors from the Northeast Arc, a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/22/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 15, 2023

Youth Invited to Reimagine Sioux Falls with City Build 2040 Event, Dakota News Now (South Dakota) Elementary schoolers attending the South Dakota Afterschool Network’s two-day City Build 2040 event in Sioux Falls will work with local experts to create models that showcase their vision for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/15/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 8, 2023

STUDENT VOICES: We Need More Women in STEM Fields, and We Have Ideas for Making that Happen, The Hechinger Report In a guest column for the Hechinger Report, high schoolers Henrietta Rasmusson and Emerald Yankey list three priorities for increasing women’s participation in science,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/08/23