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Weekly Media Roundup, April 8, 2020

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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 academic support and mentorship from college students in their community. To continue to support students’ academic growth while schools and programs are closed due to coronavirus, the program gave each student a 70-page booklet that included crafts, games, educational activities and more, along with school supplies. They were so popular that additional packets are being distributed to students outside the program. “Now is the time we have to circle the wagons,” Rudy Ruth, executive director of the Holleran Center, which created the program, told the Reading Eagle. “We have to all look out for each other.”

Amid Coronavirus Crisis, Few Are More Essential than the Child-Care Teams at Long Beach’s Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA, Press Telegram (California)

Children of essential workers are engaging in schoolwork, art projects, games, educational programming, fitness activities and more all day at the YMCA of Greater Long Beach in California and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach while schools are closed due to coronavirus. The afterschool staff are providing safe, educational spaces while employing social distancing measures, such as keeping students in small groups and six feet apart, while their parents are at work. “When the schools closed, I got worried about child care,” Celinda Cerda, a patient services technician, told the Press Telegram. “Now, when I leave my boys at the Boys & Girls Club, I leave with peace of mind, knowing my boys are safe and happy.”

Boys and Girls Clubs Still Serving At-Risk Youths During Stay-At-Home Order, Daily Herald (Illinois)

While schools and programs are closed due to coronavirus, Boys and Girls Clubs in the Chicago area are hosting daily social-emotional check-ins using the video conference platform Zoom. At these virtual gatherings, students discuss how they are feeling, share information about academic or art projects they’ve completed, and connect with friends and Club mentors. The Clubs are also working to meet the immediate needs of students and their families through activity kits, meal deliveries and more. “One of the biggest unique challenges is this sense of separation the kids are experiencing from the norm,” Drew Glassford, CEO for the Dundee Township chapter, told the Daily Herald. “The virtual program allows that emotional connection to continue when kids are feeling the most stressed they've felt in a long time.”

With Doors Closed, Boys & Girls Clubs Still Reaching Out, San Antonio Express-News (Texas)

Each weekday, the San Antonio Boys & Girls Clubs in Texas are providing a daily virtual ‘Power Hour’ to help students with their school assignments. The club is engaging in a variety of activities to support families while schools are closed due to coronavirus, including distributing healthy snacks, toilet paper, games and projects, streaming fitness-oriented YouTube videos, and more. “We asked, ‘What do you need most?’” Renee Garvens, chief development officer for the San Antonio Boys & Girls Clubs, told the San Antonio Express-News. “We knew that families were being overwhelmed by the virtual school experience.”

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