LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
With New Bradenton Facility, Boys & Girls Clubs Will Serve Even More Youth in Manatee, Bradenton Herald (Florida)
This week, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County in Florida cut the ribbon for a new, 37,800-square-foot facility where students will be able to learn healthy behaviors and discover new interests year-round. The new facility, which will house afterschool and summer learning programs for up to 550 children, includes art studios, computer labs, a gymnasium, basketball court, and a commercial kitchen where students will learn about culinary arts and nutrition through hands-on cooking lessons. The program has also added a graduation and career coach to help students chart their life paths. “The kids walk in [to the new facility] and go wow,” Chief Operating Officer Beth Clark told the Bradenton Herald. “There were these two little boys that kept spinning around as they walked to take it all in.”
After-School LGBTQ Art Program Provides Community for Queer Youth, Philadelphia Gay News (Pennsylvania)
An arts collective in Philadelphia has created an afterschool program for LGBTQ+ high schoolers to learn about and express themselves. The Young Artist Program meets Monday through Thursday and includes academic support, college tours, snacks, discussions, and art instruction. Students attend rallies together and learn from local artists who belong to marginalized communities. “Outside of that space, I kind of have to censor myself, the parts in me that I can’t express because I don’t know how it’ll be received in certain places,” a student named Ivy told the Philadelphia Gay News. “But in this space, it’s safe for me to be me and near people who can relate to the things that I say because it’s stuff that they're going through also.”
Hope and Homework Help, The Post Star (New York)
When the Revive Whitehall Committee in Whitehall, New York surveyed community members, 99 percent of the 200 respondents said an afterschool program would help the community’s youth. Thus the “Hope After-School” program was born. When it launches in October, it will provide homework help, tutoring, social etiquette lessons, cooking instruction, field trips, and more to students in third through fifth grades. “We want to … make people feel like they have hope, they can thrive, the community is growing, everybody has good potential and possibilities and a positive attitude in general for the psychology of the community,” the Rev. Jim Peterson told the Post Star.
This West Philly Weightlifting Club Is Making Fitness More Accessible for Inner-City Youth, Philadelphia Magazine (Pennsylvania)
A free afterschool program called the Freedom Barbell Club in West Philadelphia combines Olympic weightlifting, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, and social-emotional learning to help students grow holistically. Students learn weightlifting techniques and connect them to situational math and science problems. They also develop coping skills through yoga and meditation. “The barbell has been my most consistent friend and support system [these past two years],” Jibri Douglas, co-creator of the program, told Philadelphia Magazine. “I began to realize that Olympic weightlifting is both inaccessible and inequitable for black and brown people in my local neighborhood.”
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
JCPS' New Summer School Program Offers Virtual Adventures, Big-Ticket Prizes, Courier Journal (Kentucky)
Through the Jefferson County Public Schools’ online “Summer League”...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 11/21/18
Program connects young minds with learning at Boys & Girls Club (Lowell Sun, Massachusetts)
At a STEAM makerspace in Billerica, Mass., hands-on experiences with cutting-edge technology stimulate students’ love of learning. Created by the local Boys & Girls Club and supported by...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/18/18
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...
BY: Emily Hecker 06/20/18
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...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/01/18
Ten Significant Accomplishments of the African Community Learning Program in 2018, The Philadelphia Sunday Sun (Pennsylvania)
University of Pennsylvania senior Aminata Sy founded the African Community Learning Program in October 2017 to inspire academic achievement among 1st to 8th grade...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/09/19
Making a model of Math Corps
In Detroit, Michigan, the Math Corps academic and mentoring program is looking to expand to Detroit public schools, several new states and potentially two West African countries. In its 26-year-history, Math Corps has reached approximately 3,000 low-income students...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/08/18