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Weekly Media Roundup: April 29, 2020

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Weekly Media Roundup: April 29, 2020

YMCA to Finish '7 Habits of Happy Kids' Series Via Video, The Sentinel-Record (Arkansas)

This year, the Hot Springs Family YMCA Successful Children Out-of-School Recreation and Education (S.C.O.R.E.) afterschool program in Arkansas has facilitated a social-emotional learning series titled ‘7 Habits of Happy Kids’ to help students develop positive character traits. Since in-person programming was suspended due to coronavirus, the program has continued this series through online videos.  The video “shows the community we are committed to helping to develop the character development of our youth. The youth is our future, and we want to make a positive impact on their lives,” Program Director Jennifer Moore told the Sentinel-Record.

YWCA Pasadena To Kick Off After-School Programs Online With High-Altitude Balloon Launch, Pasadena Independent (California)

The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley Girls Empowerment After-School Program is partnering with Magnitude.io to bring science and technology enrichment to its students online, while in-person programming is suspended due to coronavirus. On May 1, the program will launch a high-altitude balloon that has the potential to travel around the globe. Girls in the program will track the balloon’s movements and scientific measurements from their homes while chatting with engineers via Zoom about the balloon’s progress. The program is already meeting online each Monday through Thursday for homework help, discussion groups and more. “We’re really excited to continue to be a safe place for girls to explore the STEAM [science, technology, engineering, arts and math] disciplines, while receiving the emotional and educational support that they need right now,” Jomie Liu, program manager, told the Pasadena Independent. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston’s Family Wellness Check-In Program Provides Valuable Information About Club Families During COVID-19 Health Crisis, Houston Style Magazine (Texas)

Since suspending in-person programming in mid-March, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston (BGCH) has contacted 5,241 families to check in about their needs during the pandemic. These calls have informed BGCH’s efforts to develop new programs including drive-through food pantries, a virtual afterschool program and more. “We have a responsibility and a commitment to our more than 26,000 kids, teens, families, and staff to ensure that basic needs are met over the coming weeks and beyond,” President and CEO Kevin Hattery told Houston Style Magazine.

Inside a Childcare Program for Essential Workers, Addison County Independent (Vermont)

In the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) Essential Persons’ Childcare program in Bristol, Vermont, children are landscaping, drawing, flying drones, cooking, making and flying kites, dancing, building bird feeders and benches, and more. The program is facilitated by the MAUSD Expanded Learning Program to provide a safe, enriching environment for children of essential workers during the pandemic. Strict health precautions are in place, including daily screenings by nurses and keeping students six feet apart. “I’m incredibly thankful for the people who are here using their talents and skills to make a really scary time for these kids feel safe and fun and joyful,” teacher-leader Jennifer Gordon told the Addison County Independent.

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