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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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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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