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Weekly Media Roundup: April 4, 2018

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Weekly Media Roundup: April 4, 2018

As State’s First Lady Visits, After-School Programs Worry About Funding (KTVF, Alaska)

Alaska First Lady Donna Walker, as part of her role as Honorary Chair of the Alaska Children’s Trust Board of Directors, toured Joy Elementary School in Fairbanks last week to learn more about the school’s afterschool programs. Alaska Afterschool Network director Thomas Azzarella and Joy afterschool program coordinator Marilyn Eggleston led the tour and introduced the First Lady to participating students, according to KTVF. During the visit, Azzarella explained to the First Lady that the constant federal budget battles surrounding education and 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding have taken its toll, some afterschool program staff had to be let go because of the funding instability.

Theater Program Transforms Students into Acrobats in Aldine ISD (KTRK, Texas)

Students are tumbling, dancing, singing, and more through an afterschool arts program at Aldine Independent School District. Students work with highly-trained teachers and professionals to learn acrobatics and explore their physical abilities. “It’s exciting to be able to work with these kids. They have all this talent inside them,” teacher Sarita Salinas told KTRK. “It gives them the opportunity to change who they would be or could be. It gives them another value system and a pride, an incentive to do better in school and get good grades.”

Organization Aims to Enrich the Lives of Local Hispanic Children (Auburn Plainsman, Alabama)

Two afternoons a week, the nonprofit Esperanza House works with Hispanic students on their homework and gives them a safe, nurturing place to spend the afterschool hours. Esperanza House provides youth development, education and mental health programs to Auburn’s Hispanic families by holding weekly dinners for families, donating school supplies and funding scholarships for youths to attend summer camp. “When the kids are healthy and happy, it’s benefiting all of us,” board member Carolyn Fichtner told the Auburn Plainsman. “The kids are happy – the community is happy.”

Mentors Teach Hard Work & Teamwork Lead to Success (CBS Miami, Florida)

Afterschool program Urgent Inc is helping teenagers find their voice through film, photography, visual arts, music, and radio broadcast journalism. The program teaches teens to transform their communities through effort and teamwork, according to CBS Miami. Staff, like Urgent Inc artistic manager Shedia Nelson, empower students to set goals and believe in themselves. “She guides me as if I’m a leader, in that I can accomplish anything in life and that I should never let barriers stop me,” 17-year-old Marcus Williams said of Nelson. The students’ most recent project was a filmed commercial for Urgent Inc, produced and directed by Williams.

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