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Weekly Media Roundup: August 8, 2018

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Weekly Media Roundup: August 8, 2018

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 with free summer and year-round programming. Many students return to the program as mentors and teachers. Tests indicate that Math Corps’ research-based, hands-on activities help students catch up to -- and even push beyond -- grade level math skills. The program also instills life skills and provides a safe and caring community. “Everything starts with believing in your kids. It’s so simple and so easily dismissed,” co-founder Steven Kahn told Crain’s Detroit Business.

Wings for LIFE begins after-school programs later this month

In Roswell, New Mexico, Wings for LIFE is using evidence-based techniques to build students’ socio-emotional competencies. The nonprofit offers free 33-week afterschool programs for elementary- and middle-school students in the Roswell Independent School District. Its programs use strategies like visual analogies, journal activities and music to foster empathy, self-management and relationship skills. “It is rewarding to see the confidence students exhibit after a few weeks,” Building Assets Coordinator Marty Garcia told the Roswell Daily Record. “We reinforce on a weekly basis they matter, that they are important and what they have to share makes a difference.”

Helping youths can be a high-wire act, but it’s one L.A. County Sheriff’s Department is eager to support, Daily Breeze (California)

In Los Angeles County, California, 16 Youth Assistance League sites (YALs) work to keep low-income youth safe and foster positive interactions with law enforcement. Run by the County Sheriff’s Department, YALs serve an average of 1,642 youth each summer day. Afterschool and summer activities including scuba diving, boxing and ropes courses offer participants new experiences free of charge. “Our goal first and foremost is the safety of the youth and character development in making sure that everything that we’re doing is something meaningful to help this individual be the best that they can be,” Lt. Ryan Vienna told the Daily Breeze.

Updating the GIRLS code, The Register-Herald (West Virginia)

In Oak Hill, West Virginia, a college student has created a summer camp to expose middle-school girls to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Girls Interested in Robotics Lego and Scratch (GIRLS) combines face-to-face, online and parent-involved programming to introduce participants to robotics and coding. GIRLS Founder Jordan Bowen, a computer science major at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology, has applied for funding to continue the camp as an afterschool program. “I think if I had a camp like this, I would have discovered my interest in this field much earlier and I could have spent more time planning for it,” Bowen told the Register-Herald.

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Weekly Media Roundup: August 12, 2020

Safe Spaces: Back-To-School Options For Cleveland's Working Parents, Idea Stream (Ohio) This fall, when Cleveland schools open remotely, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio is planning to serve more than 500 students with enriching all-day, in-person programming. To do so, the Club...

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Weekly Media Roundup: July 29, 2020

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 could choose from more than 2,000 learning activities designed to help students discover new interests...

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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 classes to all students to keep them engaged, academically enriched, and connected to one another....

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Weekly Media Roundup: July 8, 2020

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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, Pennsylvania will hold interactive, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lessons online....

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Weekly Media Roundup: June 24, 2020

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