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Weekly Media Roundup: August 1, 2018

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Weekly Media Roundup: August 1, 2018

Free Camps Help Level Playing Field for Future US Soccer Stars, Voice of America

In Washington, D.C., a free soccer program provides a safe community, mentoring relationships, and quality sports education to low-income students. DC Scores reaches approximately 3,000 third- to eighth-grade students from 42 schools each year with both afterschool and summer programming. Students who wish to pursue soccer more competitively benefit from a partnership with D.C. United, the city’s professional soccer club, and all students benefit from service learning projects and mentorship from highly-trained coaches. “By designing a fun and safe space for the kids, DC Scores becomes an important part of kid’s identity,” executive director Bethany Henderson told Voice of America.

Young scientists get chance to teach passion at Aspen center, Aspen Times (Colorado)

In Colorado, the Aspen Science Center is empowering high school students to share their love of science with younger students. The Intern-Educator Program trains student interns, many of whom are interested in science and education-related careers, to organize STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities for the science center’s summer learning programs. The center hopes to expand the internships to support year-round afterschool programming. Interns showcase their personal scientific interests to younger students by designing their own demonstrations. "We really want it to be something where they also have some responsibility and some intellectual creativity," Aspen Science Center president David Houggy told the Aspen Times.

Boone County finding ways to address child care needs, Norfolk Daily News (Nebraska)

In Albion, Nebraska, the Cardinal Kid’s Club (CKC) has developed nine weeks of summer activities, from archery to pottery to gardening. Each week of the free program has its own theme, and each theme is fueled by partnerships – for example, Animals Week included a visit from a zoo representative and a trip to the local animal shelter. The summer program was created due to the popularity of the CKC afterschool program and aims to inspire students by showcasing opportunities available in the community. Both programs respond to the county’s growing need for affordable childcare, which is driven in part by young people returning to the community to raise their families. “We know this [program] is a good thing,” director Mollie Morrow told Norfolk Daily News. “We know kids are engaged and being taken care of.”

Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative ‘sneaks in learning,’ Valley Breeze (Rhode Island)

In Rhode Island, students at 14 Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative sites are maintaining their academic abilities through hands-on projects that teach valuable life skills. Designed to combat summer learning loss, the six-week program incorporates reading and math skills into fun activities like cooking, art, videography, and community service learning. The program also tracks socio-emotional growth; survey results indicate students feel challenged. “It’s empowering. The kids we have are great kids and they come back every day because they’re having fun, and we’re empowering them to be better people, both inside and out,” pre-teen program coordinator Shirley Rodriguez told the Valley Breeze.

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BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/13/20

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Weekly Media Roundup: March 25, 2020

‘We Have Built a Very Strong Connection to Our Girls’: Girls Inc. Finding Creative Ways to Stay in Touch, Taunton Daily Gazette (Massachusetts) Each weekday, the Girls, Inc. program in Taunton, Massachusetts is offering a ‘virtual afterschool program’ via the video...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/25/20

Weekly Media Roundup: March 18, 2020

Despite Closed Doors, Cooperage Continues to Serve, WNEP-TV (Pennsylvania) The Cooperage Project provides robust afterschool programming to children in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The nonprofit recently had to cancel its afterschool program due to the coronavirus pandemic but, like other...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/18/20

Weekly Media Roundup: March 11, 2020

IPlay Gives San Antonio Kids a Safe Place to Play and Learn After School, KENS 5 (Texas) At iPlay afterschool programs in San Antonio, Texas, students can play basketball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, run track, get academic support and more. Fifty-eight elementary schools in and around San...

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Weekly Media Roundup: March 4, 2020

'Not a Babysitter': After-School Program Keeps Students Engaged After Final Bell Rings, Cumberland Times-News (Maryland) In the Allegany County Public School afterschool program in Cumberland, Maryland, students have learned about cybersecurity from IBM employees, water testing from the...

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Weekly Media Roundup: November 21, 2018

Afterschool Girls + STEAM Program Launches, Fosters (Delaware) In Delaware, girls in the Seymour Osman Community Center afterschool program learn engineering concepts by working with UV reactive beads, building sun-resistant shelters, and more. The new “Girls + STEAM” (science,...

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Weekly Media Roundup: July 18, 2018

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Weekly Media Roundup: June 20, 2018

Campers build confidence at Bricks 4 Kidz (The Bakersfield Californian, California) At a day camp in Bakersfield, children spend their days building all kinds of structures with LEGO® bricks, learning STEM concepts along the way. With a different theme to inspire them each week, campers at...

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Weekly Media Roundup: June 13, 2018

Morristown’s New After-School Program Praised by Assemblywoman Jenne (North Country This Week, New York) The Green Rockets Rising afterschool program was recently visited by Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, who praised the impact the program has on students at Morristown Central School....

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Weekly Media Roundup: June 6, 2018

Gwinnett Mom’s Programming Venture Gives Kids A Code for Fun (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia) After noticing the lack of STEM-related education programs in her children’s school, Nidhi Jain, a skilled programmer, decided to take matters into her own hands. Using a free...

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