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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: June 10, 2020

Total Trek Quest Announces New Virtual Summer Program, ABC 13 (Michigan) Total Trek Quest engages boys in third through fifth grades in Grand Rapids, Michigan with afterschool programming focused on goal setting, social-emotional learning, physical activity and health education. This summer,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/10/20

Weekly Media Roundup: June 3, 2020

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Youth Stay Active With Virtual Services, Encinitas Advocate (California) While in-person programming is suspended due to the pandemic, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sandieguito in California is offering tutoring, music classes and sports practice to keep...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/03/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 27, 2020

L.A. School District Plans Star-Studded Summer Learning for Students — with James Cameron Teaching ‘Titanic’ and a Book Group with Alicia Keys and Others, The Washington Post This summer, students in Los Angeles will learn to draw and animate from the studio behind...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/27/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 20, 2020

Burlington Provides Care at School — or at Home — for Essential Workers' Kids, Seven Days (Vermont) Afterschool staff and paraeducators are providing a safe, enriching learning environment for children of essential workers in Burlington, Vermont while schools and afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/20/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 13, 2020

OCCA Develops “Art Kits” For 21st Century After School Program, The News Guard (Oregon) This school year, the Sam Case Elementary 21st Century Afterschool Program in Newport, Oregon partnered with the Oregon Coast Council of the Arts (OCCA) to facilitate four-week art classes for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/13/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 6, 2020

Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Program Makes House Calls, Augusta Free Press (Virginia) On Monday, the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Adventure Club in Augusta County, Virginia delivered care packages to students. They included handwritten notes, sidewalk chalk, and materials...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/06/20

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/29/20

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/15/20

Views from VISTAs: Updates from March 2020

Photo by Pragyan Bezbaruah, courtesy of Picnoi. AmeriCorps’ Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) work to alleviate poverty by providing indirect service to their communities. Our afterschool VISTAs and the work they do are essential to the expansion of afterschool access for the...

BY: Marisa Paipongna      04/13/20

Weekly Media Roundup, April 8, 2020

With Coronavirus Shuttering Its After-School Program, South Reading Youth Initiative Sends Help to Students' Homes, Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania) At the South Reading Youth Initiative afterschool program in Reading, Pennsylvania, about 100 first and second grade school students receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/08/20