Weekly Media Roundup: August 24, 2022


Weekly Media Roundup: August 24, 2022

Local School Program Helps Students Succeed, Expands to Midland, WNEM (Michigan)

Throughout the pandemic, R1SE Education & Recreation in Freeland, Michigan provided before- and after school programs and tutoring support to students to help keep them engaged and learning. This fall, they are opening a second location in Midland, Michigan and both sites already have waitlists. “I can see R1SE making education fun and exciting for kids,” Nick Horn, the new director at R1SE in Midland, told WNEM. “I think we want to see them grow as students, young people, grow confidence in themselves.”

NYC Brings Camp to the Classroom in Summer Rising, Chalkbeat

All 110,000 spots in New York City’s Summer Rising program were filled days after applications opened this year. Boosted by federal COVID-19 relief funds, the free program was facilitated through partnerships between schools and community organizations. Students sharpened their literacy and math skills while also participating in outdoor activities, arts, field trips and more. During a recent visit to the P.S. 7 site in Queens, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said the students were “Ready for the school year. They’re full of confidence. They have more social skills.”

Holmes County Schools Start a New After-School Program in Place of WINGS, WJHG (Florida)

Despite the loss of federal funding, the Holmes County School District in Florida has secured additional funds to reopen its popular afterschool program this fall. “There are only so many hours in the given school day. The afternoon program gave us another hour, hour and a half to provide some extra support,” Holmes County School Board Superintendent Buddy Brown told WJHG. Elementary and middle school students attending the program will receive homework assistance and snacks and enjoy a variety of extracurricular activities.

Portland Struggles to Recruit Staff Needed for After-School Program, Portland Press Herald (Maine)

More than 150 elementary school students are on a waitlist for the Before & After the Bell program in Portland, Maine, which is facing a staffing crisis. Program leaders say unless they hire an additional 10 staff members before the start of the school year, administrators may have to step in to run the program, which would make it unlikely that any waitlisted children will get a spot. The city is offering tuition discounts to local college students as well as child care stipends to try to recruit qualified workers to the program. Parents have a lot at stake. “Normal people’s hours don’t go with school hours, so having that aftercare is super helpful for me to be able to continue on with my work and also know my child is taken care of and enjoying his time,” parent and surgical technician Kim England told the Portland Press Herald. “My son comes back after school happy, having learned new things and having met new people.”

Weekly Media Roundup: October 19, 2022

Boston's Investment in Summer Learning Converts into High Participation this Year, WBUR (Massachusetts) A new report from Boston After School and Beyond shows nearly 16,000 students in the Boston area attended summer learning programs at schools and community organizations this summer, with...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/19/22

Weekly Media Roundup: October 12, 2022

An After-School Program that Enriches Learning Academically, Socially and Emotionally: Cleveland’s Promise, (Ohio) At Almira Elementary School’s afterschool program in Cleveland, Ohio, students are now taking boxing lessons in addition to drawing, digital animation,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/12/22

Weekly Media Roundup: October 5, 2022

Afterschool Programs Mobilize in Wake of Mass Shootings, Youth Today As communities grapple with horrific mass shootings such as those in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, afterschool programs are focusing on mentorship and social and emotional learning activities to help children heal. For...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/05/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 28, 2022

Project S.T.I.N.G. Unveiled at Goodyear School, West Valley View (Arizona) Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, students at Desert Star School in Goodyear, Arizona now have access to a free afterschool program that offers science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/28/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 21, 2022

Many Children are Regularly Exposed to Gun Violence. Here's How to Help them Heal, National Public Radio In the Cameron Community Ministries afterschool program in Rochester, New York, students learn leadership skills, take part in community-oriented projects, and connect with mentors...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/21/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 14, 2022

In- and After-School Programs Aim to Combat Mental Health Effects that COVID-19 Worsened, Youth Today The National Center for Health Statistics reports that in 2021, seven in 10 public schools saw a rise in children seeking mental health services. To support student wellbeing, schools and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/14/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 7, 2022

After-School Program Blends Tutoring, Circus Training, WBBM Newsradio (Illinois) At the CircEsteem afterschool program in Chicago, children ages 3 to 18 build their self-confidence by learning aerial arts, tumbling and juggling, alongside academic tutoring and mentorship. The program partners...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/07/22

Weekly Media Roundup: August 31, 2022

Boys & Girls Clubs Help Fill Need for After-School Programing, Fox 2 Detroit (Michigan) Amid historic unmet demand for afterschool, the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan is helping close the gap for students and their families with programming that includes tutoring, meals,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/31/22

Weekly Media Roundup: August 24, 2022

Local School Program Helps Students Succeed, Expands to Midland, WNEM (Michigan) Throughout the pandemic, R1SE Education & Recreation in Freeland, Michigan provided before- and after school programs and tutoring support to students to help keep them engaged and learning. This fall, they are...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/24/22

Weekly Media Roundup: August 17, 2022

North Carolina YMCA Afterschool Programs Growing Students Critical Skills, WFMY (North Carolina) Recent assessments of North Carolina Alliance of YMCAs’ afterschool programs found that two-thirds of participating students improved in two or more character development skills this past year....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/17/22