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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: June 10, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: June 3, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: May 27, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: May 20, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: May 13, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: May 6, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: April 29, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: April 15, 2020

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

Views from VISTAs: Updates from March 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup, April 8, 2020

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