Weekly Media Roundup: February 15, 2023


Weekly Media Roundup: February 15, 2023

US Education Chief Visits Jackson Touting ARPA-Funded Out-of-School Programs, WAPT-TV (Mississippi)

This week, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited the afterschool program at Casey Elementary School in Jackson, Mississippi to highlight how federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act have supported out-of-school time programs as they help students recover both academically and emotionally from the pandemic. “We want to highlight the fact that when these dollars were made, (they were intended) to rescue what students lost during the pandemic,” Cardona told WAPT-TV. “There are some examples that really shine brighter than others, and this is one of them.”  Secretary Cardona also met with out-of-school time leaders from Bean Path, the Children’s Museum and the Mississippi Afterschool Network.

Atlanta Awards $1M in Youth Development Grants, 11 Alive (Georgia)

In January, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens introduced the “Year of the Youth” initiative, a project to expand resources and programs for Atlanta’s youth and to reduce gun violence. In February, the initiative awarded $1 million in grants to 19 youth development and afterschool programs. “Just weeks into our Year of the Youth, we are making direct investments into the local non-profit organizations who know their communities personally,” Mayor Dickens told 11 Alive. “Atlanta is a group project, and these community partners will help us ensure all of Atlanta’s youth have the cradle-to-career support they deserve.”

12 Black Leaders to Know: Ray Funnye, The Post and Courier (South Carolina)

When civil engineer and Georgetown, South Carolina County Director of Public Services Ray Funnye noticed youth in his community didn’t have many recreation options after school, he and his wife began hosting baseball games outside their home. That effort led them to form the Village Group nonprofit to provide comprehensive afterschool and summer learning opportunities, including science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), sports, academics, career exploration and more. “It’s about career readiness,” Funnye, an Afterschool Alliance Afterschool Ambassador, told the Post and Courier. “That’s the whole idea.” Funnye was named one of “12 Black Leaders to Know” by the Post and Courier in recognition of his work with the county and with Georgetown’s youth.

Art Tatum Zone Seeing Major Success With Afterschool Program, Has Even Bigger Plans, WTOL (Ohio)

At the Art Tatum Zone afterschool program in Toledo, Ohio, students receive academic support and participate in activities focused on social and emotional learning. The program, named after Toledo’s legendary jazz musician Art Tatum, also includes art, theater and music enrichment. "We understand that education opens so many doors and provides so many choices. What we also understood is that it's more than just reading, writing and mathematics, we wanted to create a love for learning in all of our students," Executive Director Christine Sweeney told WTOL. In addition to afterschool programming, Art Tatum Zone provides educational opportunities for adults and organizes neighborhood revitalization projects.

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D.O.V.E.S Afterschool Program Builds Self-Esteem, Confidence in Local Elementary Students, WMDT (Maryland) At the D.O.V.E.S. (Daughters of Value, Excellence and Success) afterschool program in Salisbury, Maryland, young girls are empowered to be themselves and support one another and others in...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/10/23

Weekly Media Roundup: May 3, 2023

Rally at the Capitol for Funding Afterschool Programs, Fox 43 (Pennsylvania) Afterschool providers, parents and advocates gathered on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg today to urge the state legislature to pass House Bill 795, which would provide state funding for afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/03/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 26, 2023

Local After School Care Program Aims to Help Kids Regain Knowledge Lost Due to COVID, KFDA (Texas) At the Bear Paws afterschool program in Amarillo, Texas, middle school students are participating in engaging activities to tackle learning loss from the pandemic. “We’re trying to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/26/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 19, 2023

After-School Program and City Officials Celebrate Arbor Day, Cumberland Times-News (Maryland) In honor of Arbor Day, elementary school students from Allegany County Public Schools’ afterschool programs participated in a tree planting ceremony at Gene Mason Sports Complex in Cumberland,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/19/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 12, 2023

Schools Used ESSER Funds for After-School Programs. What Happens When the Money Runs Out? Education Week With the assistance of ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding, afterschool and summer programs throughout the country were able to expand and serve a greater number...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/12/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 5, 2023

After-School Programs Financed with Pandemic Funds Making a Difference in Chester County, Daily Local News (Pennsylvania) Funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is helping Mighty Writers and Coatesville Kids to College, two afterschool programs in Chester County, Pennsylvania, expand...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/05/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 29, 2023

Commentary: SC Afterschool Programs Can Help Close Gender Gap in STEM Industries, The Post and Courier (South Carolina) In a recent guest column for the Post and Courier, South Carolina Afterschool Alliance President and CEO Zelda Waymer notes the overlap between Women’s History Month and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/29/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 22, 2023

Non-Profit Helps Lynn Students Prepare for Careers in Human Services, CBS Boston (Massachusetts) At the Pathways to Opportunities afterschool program at Lynn Classical High School in Massachusetts, high schoolers explore careers in human services with help from mentors from the Northeast Arc, a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/22/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 15, 2023

Youth Invited to Reimagine Sioux Falls with City Build 2040 Event, Dakota News Now (South Dakota) Elementary schoolers attending the South Dakota Afterschool Network’s two-day City Build 2040 event in Sioux Falls will work with local experts to create models that showcase their vision for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/15/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 8, 2023

STUDENT VOICES: We Need More Women in STEM Fields, and We Have Ideas for Making that Happen, The Hechinger Report In a guest column for the Hechinger Report, high schoolers Henrietta Rasmusson and Emerald Yankey list three priorities for increasing women’s participation in science,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/08/23