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Weekly Media Roundup: December 16, 2020

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Weekly Media Roundup: December 16, 2020

Column: Hawaii Behind on Afterschool Programs, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Hawaii)

Although data from the household survey America After 3 PM showed Hawaii was a national leader in afterschool participation in 2009, the 2020 America After 3 PM report shows unmet demand for afterschool has increased dramatically in the state since then. In a recent guest column for the Honolulu-Star Advertiser, Hawai’i Afterschool Alliance Program Director Jennifer Masutani noted that barriers to afterschool participation including cost, availability and lack of transportation are hurting children and families. The pandemic has created additional challenges and put many programs in danger of closing. “We need to recognize that afterschool programs can help students catch up and keep up from COVID-19,” Masutani wrote. “To prevent thousands of afterschool spots from disappearing, state leaders need to act now. Specifically, the state needs to grant more flexibility so we can strategically leverage federal funds already allocated to our afterschool programs.”

Why More Families Need ‘Afterschool’ Programs to Cope with Pressures of Pandemic, Deseret News (Utah)

Since the pandemic hit, afterschool programs have stepped up to meet the changing needs of their communities by serving as socially distanced sites for being schooled remotely, distributing meals, connecting families to resources, and more. At the same time, programs are facing increased operating costs and inadequate funding, putting three in five programs in danger of closing permanently or laying off staff, according to a new report from the Afterschool Alliance. Public funding is needed to close the gaps and ensure all families can access programs. “Unmet demand has never been higher,” Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant told the Deseret News.

After-School Program Prevails in Trying Times, Newport This Week (Rhode Island)

At the Team-FAME afterschool program in Newport, Rhode Island, students learn essential life skills including teamwork, conflict resolution and more through tennis practice, nutrition education, academic enrichment and mentorship. During the pandemic, the program has kept students engaged through creative activities such as online Pictionary parties, one-on-one tutoring on Zoom, and virtual tennis challenges. “To me, the most important tool in this program is the respect present in every interaction. This foundation will lead to healthy relationship building and to developing great future leaders for Newport,” volunteer Kathy Longson wrote in a letter to the editor for Newport This Week.

Connecting With NASA: Falcons Flyers Afterschool Program Selected for STEM Challenge, Williams-Grand Canyon News (Arizona)

Elementary and middle school students in the Falcon Flyers 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool program in Williams, Arizona are connecting with real NASA engineers and solving challenges using real mission data as part of the NASA STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Challenge. The initiative helps students explore STEM careers while practicing problem solving and collaboration. According to science teacher Trina Siegfried, students have already sorted themselves into committees to tackle the challenges. “They knew that each person would need to be responsible for something and then we would need to collaborate. My eighth graders are used to doing that in the lab. They’ve already started to own it, which I’m really proud of,” Siegfried told Williams-Grand Canyon News.

Weekly Media Roundup: August 26, 2020

Where Atlanta Parents Turn When Children Can’t Do Online School at Home, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia) Afterschool providers throughout Atlanta, Georgia are stepping up to provide safe, supportive environments for students to do distance learning while their parents are...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/26/20

Weekly Media Roundup: August 19, 2020

After-School Programs Adjusting to COVID-19 Challenges, Live 5 News (South Carolina) Several organizations in Charleston, South Carolina are finding creative ways to support students as the start of a new school year approaches. For example, the Metanoia Youth Leadership Academy will offer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/19/20

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/12/20

Weekly Media Roundup, August 5, 2020

The After School All Stars Program Provides Support for Both Students and Parents, WSFL-TV (Florida) When schools closed due the pandemic, After School All Stars (ASAS) quickly found ways to support students and families remotely, first with a virtual afterschool program and then with a virtual...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/05/20

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/29/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 22, 2020

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....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/22/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 15, 2020

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 pandemic, the Hoops and Homework afterschool program quickly pivoted to supporting students through...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/15/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 8, 2020

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 of New Haven in Connecticut. Students are divided into small pods, wearing masks and practicing...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/08/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 1, 2020

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....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/01/20

Weekly Media Roundup: June 24, 2020

JCPS' New Summer School Program Offers Virtual Adventures, Big-Ticket Prizes, Courier Journal (Kentucky) Through the Jefferson County Public Schools’ online “Summer League” program, students in Louisville, Kentucky can explore new interests and keep their academic skills...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/24/20