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Weekly Media Roundup: February 7, 2024

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Weekly Media Roundup: February 7, 2024

Rangers Star Welcomes Kids to the Ice in After School Program, NBC4 (New York)

With help from a donation from the Garden of Dreams Foundation, 50 students in the WHEDco (Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation) afterschool program in the South Bronx are lacing up skates and learning to play hockey – many for the first time. Recently retired New York Rangers star Brian Mullen visited the program to share his story, run drills on the ice and encourage students to pursue their dreams. “It brought back a lot of memories for me, because I grew up in a neighborhood like these kids. I fell in love with [hockey] in a gym,” Mullen told NBC 4.

Go! After School Programs Opens New Facility, Helps Kids to Pursue Gifts, News Channel 3 (Michigan)

At Go! After School Programs’ new facility, students can take part in physical activities including dance and basketball, explore robotics and art, take classes in entrepreneurship and babysitting, work with tutors on academic skills, and more. On Saturday, the program threw a block party to celebrate the new space. "What we do is we offer a variety of programs and opportunities for kids to find and pursue their gifts," Executive Director Dan Walsh told News Channel 3. “We try to provide space for kids to find and pursue what it is they love to do.”

Local Foundation Launches Grant Program to Support Out-of-School Time Efforts, Rochester Business Journal (New York)

Thanks to grants from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, eight out-of-school time programs in Rochester, New York will receive $1.5 million to expand their before-school, afterschool and summer programs. The Farash Foundation recently shifted its focus to the power of out-of-school time. “We found there was greater opportunity to reach the youth of today when we focus on time spent outside of school,” Jennie Schaff, Farash Foundation CEO, told the Rochester Business Journal. “Providing safe, enriching and accessible out-of-school experiences gives kids the support they need to be more prepared for success in an academic setting and in life.”

Mental Health and Social Work Program Coming to Auburn High School, WREX (Illinois)

At Auburn High School’s Early Birds Social Work Development afterschool program in Rockford, Illinois, students learn the importance of mental health, develop leadership skills, and explore social justice issues. One of the goals of the program is to encourage the high school students to become mentors to younger students at the Zion West Enterprise afterschool program.  "The idea of the teenagers coming back to help to mentor the younger kids, who better to relate to kids than kids. If they are taught the tools and, can identify them, I'm sure the kids will open up to them,” Marvin Hightower, Pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, told WREX.

Weekly Media Roundup: January 31, 2024

Advocates of Afterschool Opportunities Rally in Albany for $119M Funding Boost, Spectrum News 1 (New York) On Tuesday, afterschool leaders, students, and lawmakers gathered in Albany, New York to press for an additional $119 million in state funding to ensure universal access to afterschool. At...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/31/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 24, 2024

'Articulate Their Pain': Preventing Teen Suicide Through the Power of Music, Spectrum News 1 (North Carolina) DDAAT-App, a mental health nonprofit with an afterschool program in Charlotte, North Carolina, is partnering with The Bridge, a music studio, to give students access to recording...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/24/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 17, 2024

Bessie Coleman After School Aviation Program to be Tested in Oklahoma, General Aviation News (Oklahoma) Sixth and 7th graders in Tulsa, Oklahoma are exploring careers in aerospace and aeronautics by building planes, flying drones, and participating in other hands-on projects thanks to a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/17/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 10, 2024

Glendale Middle School Coach Who Inspires All Gifted With Dream Team Surprise, Fox 13 (Utah) This week, Fox 13’s “Dream Team” in Salt Lake City surprised Glendale Middle School physical education teacher, coach and afterschool program director Lucas Tucker at a school assembly...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/10/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 3, 2024

Robbinsville Extended Day Program is Much More than Childcare, Communitynews.org (New Jersey) At the Sharon Elementary School’s Robbinsville Extended Day (RED) program in New Jersey, students take part in yoga, financial literacy courses, robotics, cooking classes, sign language...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/03/24

Weekly Media Roundup: December 20, 2023

Numerous Metro Detroit Before- and After-School Programs to Receive Portion of $50M MiLEAP Grant, WXYZ (Michigan) Thanks to $50 million in grants from the Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP), 67,000 Michigan students will be able to attend...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/20/23

Weekly Media Roundup: December 13, 2023

Federal Grant Helps Restart University of Tulsa Partnership With Kendall-Whittier Elementary, Tulsa World (Oklahoma) Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, college students from the University of Tulsa will once again help lead the Youth Scholars afterschool program at...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/13/23

Weekly Media Roundup: December 6, 2023

Wakeman Boys & Girls Club's Financial Literacy Program Aims to Give Bridgeport Teens Life Skills, The Register Citizen (Connecticut) Teens in Bridgeport, Connecticut will learn about credit cards, loans, budgeting, college financial planning and more as part of Wakeman Boys & Girls...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/06/23

Weekly Media Roundup: November 29, 2023

Tackling Absenteeism: Kalamazoo Schools and Community Programs Unite to Keep Students Engaged, WWMT (Michigan) With absenteeism at a historic high of 27 percent in 2022, Kalamazoo Public Schools in Michigan are working with local afterschool programs to develop relationships, improve attendance,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      11/29/23

Weekly Media Roundup: November 22, 2023

Bend Park District Helps Student Workers with College Tuition, The Bulletin (Oregon) At Bend Park and Recreation District’s Kids Inc. afterschool program, college students from Central Oregon Community College (COCC) and Oregon State University-Cascades are leading STEAM (science,...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      11/22/23