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Weekly Media Roundup: August 30, 2023

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Weekly Media Roundup: August 30, 2023

Oldest Home in Spartanburg Gets $200K for Transformation in an After-School Program, WSPA (South Carolina)

Built in the late 1700s, the Seay House in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is undergoing a major renovation this fall and will reopen as the Brown Girls Read afterschool program early next year. The program provides reading, English and math support to local girls and was looking for the ideal location to house its program. “[We were] wanting to be in a neighborhood where there was access to those people that have issues with transportation and parents that may work long hours,” Brown Girls Read founder Nicke Haney told WSPA. “To be able to provide an education in a historical building that had been run in its later years, by two sisters, by two females, I think is very impactful.”

Lahaina After-School Program Offers a Path to Healing Through Surfing, NBC Nightly News (Hawaii)

Tamara Conniff founded Mana Mentors, a nonprofit afterschool program in Lahaina, Maui, to support students’ wellbeing through surfing, skating and mentorship. After wildfires devastated Maui this summer, she knew the program had an important role to play in helping students and their families heal.  Recently, Mana Mentors organized a family surf day to bring West Maui families together for the first time since the fires. “They don’t know where they’re going to live. They don’t know when their kids’ school is going to be ready. There’s so many unknowns right now. We want to give some certainty in a time when there is no certainty,” Conniff told NBC Nightly News.

Fairfield Receives Grant to Continue After-School Program, Southeast Iowa Union (Iowa)

Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, the Fairfield, Iowa school district is expanding its before- and afterschool programs to include an additional elementary school. The programs offer hands-on educational activities, group activities and field trips. “It’s not just free play. The kids think they’re just playing, but they’re also learning,” Katie Boatright, Fairfield’s director of after-school programming, told the Southeast Iowa Union. “It’s kind of like sneaking vegetables into their meals.” The programs also provide local high school students with paid job opportunities and/or community service hours.

Afterschool Expo Allows Parents to Examine Program Benefits, Lufkin Daily News (Texas)

At the Lufkin, Texas Independent School District’s Afterschool Expo last week, parents learned about the 21st Century Texas Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) programs at ten schools. Children and their families explored offerings including strings, age-appropriate books, crafts, tutoring and more, as well as a volunteer-led Parent Café where parents will meet to share concerns. “We want to ensure parents have somewhere safe where they can just talk about their experiences without being judged,” parent volunteer Samantha Lawson told the Lufkin Daily News.

Weekly Media Roundup: January 31, 2024

Advocates of Afterschool Opportunities Rally in Albany for $119M Funding Boost, Spectrum News 1 (New York) On Tuesday, afterschool leaders, students, and lawmakers gathered in Albany, New York to press for an additional $119 million in state funding to ensure universal access to afterschool. At...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/31/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 24, 2024

'Articulate Their Pain': Preventing Teen Suicide Through the Power of Music, Spectrum News 1 (North Carolina) DDAAT-App, a mental health nonprofit with an afterschool program in Charlotte, North Carolina, is partnering with The Bridge, a music studio, to give students access to recording...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/24/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 17, 2024

Bessie Coleman After School Aviation Program to be Tested in Oklahoma, General Aviation News (Oklahoma) Sixth and 7th graders in Tulsa, Oklahoma are exploring careers in aerospace and aeronautics by building planes, flying drones, and participating in other hands-on projects thanks to a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/17/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 10, 2024

Glendale Middle School Coach Who Inspires All Gifted With Dream Team Surprise, Fox 13 (Utah) This week, Fox 13’s “Dream Team” in Salt Lake City surprised Glendale Middle School physical education teacher, coach and afterschool program director Lucas Tucker at a school assembly...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/10/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 3, 2024

Robbinsville Extended Day Program is Much More than Childcare, Communitynews.org (New Jersey) At the Sharon Elementary School’s Robbinsville Extended Day (RED) program in New Jersey, students take part in yoga, financial literacy courses, robotics, cooking classes, sign language...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/03/24

Weekly Media Roundup: December 20, 2023

Numerous Metro Detroit Before- and After-School Programs to Receive Portion of $50M MiLEAP Grant, WXYZ (Michigan) Thanks to $50 million in grants from the Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP), 67,000 Michigan students will be able to attend...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/20/23

Weekly Media Roundup: December 13, 2023

Federal Grant Helps Restart University of Tulsa Partnership With Kendall-Whittier Elementary, Tulsa World (Oklahoma) Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, college students from the University of Tulsa will once again help lead the Youth Scholars afterschool program at...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/13/23

Weekly Media Roundup: December 6, 2023

Wakeman Boys & Girls Club's Financial Literacy Program Aims to Give Bridgeport Teens Life Skills, The Register Citizen (Connecticut) Teens in Bridgeport, Connecticut will learn about credit cards, loans, budgeting, college financial planning and more as part of Wakeman Boys & Girls...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/06/23

Weekly Media Roundup: November 29, 2023

Tackling Absenteeism: Kalamazoo Schools and Community Programs Unite to Keep Students Engaged, WWMT (Michigan) With absenteeism at a historic high of 27 percent in 2022, Kalamazoo Public Schools in Michigan are working with local afterschool programs to develop relationships, improve attendance,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      11/29/23

Weekly Media Roundup: November 22, 2023

Bend Park District Helps Student Workers with College Tuition, The Bulletin (Oregon) At Bend Park and Recreation District’s Kids Inc. afterschool program, college students from Central Oregon Community College (COCC) and Oregon State University-Cascades are leading STEAM (science,...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      11/22/23