LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Summer Learners Enjoy a 5-Star Taste of the Real World, The Westerly Sun (Rhode Island)
Students in the Tower Street Community Center Summer Learning Program explored culinary arts, nutrition, sustainable farming, the hospitality industry and more during a recent trip to Ocean House hotel and resort in Westerly, Rhode Island. The students toured the hotel’s various restaurants and kitchens, learned about jobs at the hotel, and discussed shellfish farming practices with chefs. All summer, the program has engaged students through activities and field trips related to food, the environment, careers and civic leadership; students also visited an organic farm and made veggie burgers from produce they grew themselves. “We try to create as many options as possible for children to have real-world opportunities, but we also want them to have fun and to play,” Joan Serra, Tower Street Community Center's director of family and community relations, told the Westerly Sun.
These Students Are Learning How to Fly Drones – And They’re Only in Middle School, Miami Herald (Florida)
This summer, Florida Power and Light (FPL), a utility company, teamed up with After-School All-Stars (ASAS) South Florida to teach middle school students about careers in technology and engineering, using drones. Students in the ASAS Miami summer program learned how FPL uses drones to tackle power outages and survey dangerous areas to assess storm damage. Then, students built their own mini-drones and practiced piloting them through obstacles such as hula hoops. ASAS provides programming year-round to introduce students to new interests and opportunities. “I think I want to be a drone pilot now that I know I can in a couple years,” 14-year-old Brandon Gutierre told the Miami Herald.
JCPS' New Summer School Program Offers Kids Lessons 'You Can't Learn in a Book', Courier Journal (Kentucky)
When students learn something new in the “Backpack League” summer learning program in Louisville, Kentucky, they document their learning ‘artifacts’ in a ‘digital backpack.’ The four-week, tuition-free program offers more than 850 third- through sixth-grade students a choice of learning “adventures” designed to strengthen math and literacy skills, including music classes and entrepreneurship activities. In one adventure called “Cardboard Empire,” students read a graphic novel about a cardboard creation, then built their own, and wrote and directed films about them. “I finally got a chance to go a little wild with my imagination,” fourth-grader Trey Adams told the Courier Journal.
Boys & Girls Club Seeks to Lessen Summer Learning Loss, Siuslaw News (Oregon)
Each day at the Summer Brain Gain program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Lane County in Oregon, elementary school students exercise, play team-building games, learn about the planets, enhance their academic skills through hands-on activities and more. Once a week, students learn about safety from local civil servants. For example, representatives from Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue visited with a fire engine, and the Western Lane Ambulance District helped students find appropriate bike helmets. “What’s important about that as well is that we want the kids to have a good relationship with first responders,” Executive Director Chuck Trent told the Siuslaw News.
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