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Weekly Media Roundup: February 12, 2020

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Weekly Media Roundup: February 12, 2020

Trump Budget Would Again Ax Afterschool Programs Despite Strong Congressional Support, Youth Today

The White House again asked Congress to defund 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) – the chief federal funding stream for afterschool and summer learning programs –in its FY2021 budget proposal. Rather than defunding it, Congress provided $1.25 billion for 21st CCLC in FY2020. “Afterschool programs improve educational outcomes, provide safe places for young people, and help working families make ends meet,” Rep. Nita Lowey (NY) said in response to the proposal. Researchers quickly spoke out to emphasize the value of afterschool programs and advocates vowed to preserve 21st CCLC funding again this year.

After-School Program Brings Ocean to Students in Edinburg, Northern Virginia Daily, (Edinburg, Virginia)

Students at the Spring Forward afterschool program in Edinburg, Virginia dissected dogfish sharks and learned about whales when J. Michael Williamson, director of WhaleNet, visited. WhaleNet is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education resource that focuses on marine mammals, environmental science, ocean literacy and more. Pastor Katie Gosswein of the Zion Lutheran Church, which runs the program with the Hamburg Ruritan Club, invited Williamson. “We see the needs of the community and how families are needing extra support for the education and the safety of their kids,” Gosswein said. Another guest speaker recently educated students about the genetics of apples.

AccelerateKID's After-School Program Introduces Kids to Tech and Entrepreneurship, Detroit Driven (Detroit, Michigan)

Founded in 2013 as Kidpreneur, AccelerateKID is working to prepare students to become the next generation of innovators by teaching technology and entrepreneurship skills. Coding, robotics, digital arts, and game design are the focus as instructors provide STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education through hands-on experiences and real-world applications. “This is about exposing kids to opportunity,” instructor Q. Thang Do said. “If you don’t know about technology, then you’ll never know about the opportunities that are out there … It’s very purposeful, doing the offline portion of the course before going online. We don’t want them addicted to the virtual world. This is all about the real world.”

Scuola Vita Nuova Students Collaborate for Design Thinking Project, Northeast News (Missouri)

Sixth graders working with the Latinx Education Collaborative in Kansas City, Missouri used a “Shark Tank”-style design thinking competition to brainstorm solutions to problems in the educational system. One group in the competition considered whether students become anti-social if they have no afterschool programs. This group noted that kids need to be healthy, social and active, and that afterschool programs need more adult volunteers. “I hope [the students] leave knowing that their voices are incredibly important, their voice matters, and when they come together as a community, they can actually solve some issues and demand some change,” Collaborative founder Edgar Palacios founder said.

Weekly Media Roundup: March 18, 2020

Despite Closed Doors, Cooperage Continues to Serve, WNEP-TV (Pennsylvania) The Cooperage Project provides robust afterschool programming to children in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The nonprofit recently had to cancel its afterschool program due to the coronavirus pandemic but, like other...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/18/20

Weekly Media Roundup: March 11, 2020

IPlay Gives San Antonio Kids a Safe Place to Play and Learn After School, KENS 5 (Texas) At iPlay afterschool programs in San Antonio, Texas, students can play basketball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, run track, get academic support and more. Fifty-eight elementary schools in and around San...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/11/20

Weekly Media Roundup: March 4, 2020

'Not a Babysitter': After-School Program Keeps Students Engaged After Final Bell Rings, Cumberland Times-News (Maryland) In the Allegany County Public School afterschool program in Cumberland, Maryland, students have learned about cybersecurity from IBM employees, water testing from the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/04/20

Weekly Media Roundup: February 26, 2020

Charlotte Motel Offers Free After-School Program, Spectrum News (North Carolina) Several families experiencing homelessness stay at the Southern Comfort Inn in Charlotte, North Carolina while they seek permanent housing. To support the children in these families, the motel’s owners began a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/26/20

Weekly Media Roundup: February 19, 2020

Training, Support Unlocking WA After-School Programs' Potential, Public News Service Afterschool programs in Washington state use a wide variety of supports to increase program quality and inclusivity, such as outside assessments, professional development and more. For example, Open Doors...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/19/20

Weekly Media Roundup: February 12, 2020

Trump Budget Would Again Ax Afterschool Programs Despite Strong Congressional Support, Youth Today The White House again asked Congress to defund 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) – the chief federal funding stream for afterschool and summer learning programs –in...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/12/20

Weekly Media Roundup: February 5, 2020

Hancock Students Create Films One Picture At a Time, The Daily Star (New York) The Hancock Central School afterschool program in Hancock, New York, recently teamed up with Box of Light, an artist residency program, to teach students about media production. Students in kindergarten through ninth...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/05/20

Weekly Media Roundup: January 29, 2020

New After School Program in Syracuse Helping Children of All Abilities, Local SYR (New York) At the ARISE Syracuse afterschool program in New York, students of all ages and abilities complete art projects, play games and learn together. The program’s classroom includes unique features to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/29/20

Weekly Media Roundup: January 22, 2020

“A Day On, Not a Day Off” for Boys and Girls Club of Harrisburg, Fox 43 (Pennsylvania) In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, sixth- through 11th-grade students in the Boys and Girls Club of Harrisburg afterschool program in Pennsylvania spent their day off from school participating...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/22/20

Weekly Media Roundup, January 8, 2020

Afterschool Program Launching Podcast Project with Internet Radio Station, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel (West Virginia) This year, students in the Patch 21 afterschool program in Spencer, West Virginia are building a recording studio in a classroom, learning to use recording and sound...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/08/20

Weekly Media Roundup: January 9, 2019

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

Weekly Media Roundup: July 18, 2018

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

Weekly Media Roundup: June 13, 2018

Morristown’s New After-School Program Praised by Assemblywoman Jenne (North Country This Week, New York) The Green Rockets Rising afterschool program was recently visited by Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, who praised the impact the program has on students at Morristown Central School....

BY: Emily Hecker      06/13/18

Weekly Media Roundup: May 23, 2018

Express Yourself Milwaukee 'Moves It!' and Makes Magic (WUWM, Wisconsin) During the afterschool program Express Yourself Milwaukee, artist and coordinator Holly Haebig teaches students how to perform, dance and express themselves. Students in the program are currently preparing for their...

BY: Emily Hecker      05/23/18

Weekly Media Roundup: May 16, 2018

After School Club Teaches Students Patience and Discipline (Tapinto.net, New Jersey) The Korean martial art of Kumdo has made its way to a Camden afterschool program. Kipp Lanning Square Middle School students learn a lot more than simple fighting tactics from their sparring sessions –...

BY: Emily Hecker      05/16/18

Weekly Media Roundup: May 9th, 2018

Forestview After-School STEM Clubs Highlight Need, Booming Popularity (Pine and Lakes Echo Journal, Minnesota) The afterschool programs at Forestview Middle School are overwhelmingly geared toward STEM. Many students are currently participating in the robotics club; others are learning to...

BY: Emily Hecker      05/09/18

Weekly Media Roundup: April 4, 2018

As State’s First Lady Visits, After-School Programs Worry About Funding (KTVF, Alaska) Alaska First Lady Donna Walker, as part of her role as Honorary Chair of the Alaska Children’s Trust Board of Directors, toured Joy Elementary School in Fairbanks last week to learn more about the...

BY: Luci Manning      04/04/18

Weekly Media Roundup: November 21, 2018

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

Weekly Media Roundup: July 18, 2018

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

Weekly Media Roundup: June 20, 2018

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

Weekly Media Roundup: June 13, 2018

Morristown’s New After-School Program Praised by Assemblywoman Jenne (North Country This Week, New York) The Green Rockets Rising afterschool program was recently visited by Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, who praised the impact the program has on students at Morristown Central School....

BY: Emily Hecker      06/13/18

Weekly Media Roundup: June 6, 2018

Gwinnett Mom’s Programming Venture Gives Kids A Code for Fun (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia) After noticing the lack of STEM-related education programs in her children’s school, Nidhi Jain, a skilled programmer, decided to take matters into her own hands. Using a free...

BY: Emily Hecker      06/06/18

Weekly Media Roundup: May 9th, 2018

Forestview After-School STEM Clubs Highlight Need, Booming Popularity (Pine and Lakes Echo Journal, Minnesota) The afterschool programs at Forestview Middle School are overwhelmingly geared toward STEM. Many students are currently participating in the robotics club; others are learning to...

BY: Emily Hecker      05/09/18

Weekly Media Roundup: May 2, 2018

How an After-School Program Helps Girls of Color See Themselves as Beautiful (Lansing State Journal, Michigan) After moving to Detroit, Sheri Crawley, a mother of two girls of color, noticed a glaring lack of role models for her daughters. She decided to take matters into her own hands by...

BY: Emily Hecker      05/02/18

Weekly Media Roundup: July 18, 2018

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

Weekly Media Roundup: May 30, 2018

Event Connects After-School Programs with Colleges (Youth Today) Students from the Brooklyn afterschool program Stoked and other local programs attended a college fair to network with recruiters, meet with college admissions counselors and receive plenty of help in planning their academic...

BY: Emily Hecker      05/30/18

Weekly Media Roundup: May 16, 2018

After School Club Teaches Students Patience and Discipline (Tapinto.net, New Jersey) The Korean martial art of Kumdo has made its way to a Camden afterschool program. Kipp Lanning Square Middle School students learn a lot more than simple fighting tactics from their sparring sessions –...

BY: Emily Hecker      05/16/18

Weekly Media Roundup: May 2, 2018

How an After-School Program Helps Girls of Color See Themselves as Beautiful (Lansing State Journal, Michigan) After moving to Detroit, Sheri Crawley, a mother of two girls of color, noticed a glaring lack of role models for her daughters. She decided to take matters into her own hands by...

BY: Emily Hecker      05/02/18

Weekly Media Roundup: April 4, 2018

As State’s First Lady Visits, After-School Programs Worry About Funding (KTVF, Alaska) Alaska First Lady Donna Walker, as part of her role as Honorary Chair of the Alaska Children’s Trust Board of Directors, toured Joy Elementary School in Fairbanks last week to learn more about the...

BY: Luci Manning      04/04/18