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Weekly Media Roundup: February 20, 2019

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Weekly Media Roundup: February 20, 2019

After-School All-Stars Program Provides Safe Environment, Boosts Students Academically, KTNV (Nevada)

Students in After-School All-Stars programs in Clark County, Nevada grow zucchini, write code, sew, and more. The organization serves 6,500 elementary and middle school students from 16 elementary schools. Partnerships with local businesses and the Nevada Ballet Theater increase students’ exposure to diverse activities, and the program provides much-needed relief for working families. Parents “know that their students are safe here. They are learning. They are getting help with their homework. They are getting physical activity. They are getting fed,” Executive Director Jodi Manzella told KTNV.

‘My Company Day’ Teaches Business Basics, Half Moon Bay Review (California)

At a recent culminating event for the Workshop Education afterschool program in Half Moon Bay, California, elementary students sold products and services they had been developing since the start of the year. The program teaches business sense, marketing and design thinking by helping students craft their own business plans and create their own inventory. Products ranged from unicorn treasure boxes to personalized self-portraits to lemonade served with a joke. “They’ve done a lot of different trials,” Founder Alexa Frisbie told the Half Moon Bay Review. “I think the teachers do an amazing job of encouraging that patience to keep improving and problem-solving. It’s the idea that you don’t just do it and it’s done. There’s always ways to improve it.”

STEM+C After-School Initiative Inspires Minority Girls to Solve Global Challenges, Ed Glen Today (Illinois)

Through a set of unique partnerships, girls in an afterschool program in East St. Louis, Illinois are learning how to use computational thinking to tackle issues like public health, environmental sustainability, and world hunger. Funded through a National Science Foundation grant, the project brings together several community organizations and a university. It aims to spark students’ interest in science through hands-on experiments such as testing for macronutrients in food. “This program is a great example of how universities and community partners can work together to enrich the STEM education of local youth, helping them to see a clear pathway that leads to STEM degrees and careers,” Professor Georgia Bracey told Ed Glen Today.

Pathways, Only Afterschool Program for Native American Youth in Flagstaff, Navajo-Hopi Observer (Arizona)

Each year, the Pathways Youth Program in Flagstaff, Arizona creates a safe and empowering community for 125 Native American youth ages six to 13. Through mentoring relationships, culturally relevant programming, and academic support, the program seeks to prevent substance abuse and foster pride in Native American culture. “I’ve been here for over 10 years and enjoy working with the youth and community,” Coordinator Aaron Secakuku told the Navajo-Hopi Observer. “The work is rewarding when we see past participants completing high school and [going] onto further their education or seeing some jump right into the workforce, and be successful at what they do.”

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