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Weekly Media Roundup: December 23, 2020

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Weekly Media Roundup: December 23, 2020

Lack Of Afterschool Program Access In Indiana Could Impact Education, Economic Recovery, WBAA (Georgia)

A recent household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance, America After 3PM, found that more than 400,000 children in Indiana cannot access the afterschool programs they need. Advocates say afterschool programs are essential to helping families recover from the pandemic, because they support students’ learning and enable parents to work. Lakshmi Hasanadka, CEO of the Indiana Afterschool Network, noted that unequal access to afterschool exacerbates other inequities. “Studies show that affluent youth experience 6,000 more hours of enrichment and learning compared to their low-income peers by the eighth grade,” Hasanadka told WBAA.

Educator Continues Visual and Performing Art Education Programs Throughout Pandemic, The Atlanta Voice (Georgia)

When budget cuts resulted in the elimination of arts programs in Atlanta schools during the 2008 recession, art teacher Ty Woods started Artportunity Knocks to give students a safe place to learn new skills and express themselves. The nonprofit serves more than 20,000 Atlanta students through afterschool programs at schools and recreation centers. During the pandemic, Artportunity Knocks has kept students engaged through online art classes and is making plans to expand its ‘learning pods,’ where students can do online learning in small, socially distanced groups. “It’s more than a babysitting place or a place for kids to do online school,” Woods told the Atlanta Voice. “It’s a place for them to learn and create. I want kids to come and also take up a guitar class or an acting class.”

How an NJ Boys & Girls Club Did 'Whatever it Takes' to Fight for Kids While Facing COVID, Asbury Park Press (New Jersey)

When the pandemic hit and in-person programming closed, the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County in Asbury Park, New Jersey quickly launched BGCM Boundless, an online learning center, and began distributing more than 150 meals each evening to students and the broader community. Since then, the Club has reopened with strict social distancing measures to offer students a safe place to do online school, take acting, writing and music classes, and more. “Little did we know that [our motto] 'whatever it takes' was really something that put us to the test when COVID hit. Many of our staff lost family members. But day in and day out, they came in with passion and creativity,” Executive Director Doug Eagles told Asbury Park Press. “It’s not just about homework help. It’s about the love and support we can provide kids.”

Community First Credit Union Partners with YMCA to Introduce After School Programs at 4 Northwest Jacksonville Schools, Jacksonville Business Journal (Florida)

About 340 children at four schools in Jacksonville, Florida will benefit from comprehensive afterschool programming provided by the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast, thanks to a $40,000 grant from Community First Credit Union. The programs will focus on character development, nutrition, physical fitness, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). The grant is part of an effort by the Credit Union to combat systemic racism, particularly in response to recent Black Lives Matter protests. “Community First looked at what was happening in our country, and looked at what was happening in our community, and asked what organization has a track record of working with young people in Northwest Jacksonville,” YMCA of Florida’s First Coast CEO Eric Mann told the Jacksonville Business Journal

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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...

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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...

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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, 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...

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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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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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