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Weekly Media Roundup: January 12, 2021

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Weekly Media Roundup: January 12, 2021

ACE Clubs Offer Unique After-School Activities, Academic Support, Herald Bulletin (Indiana)

Each afternoon, students at ACE Clubs in Anderson, Indiana enjoy a variety of activities, including publishing their own books, leather crafting, cooking classes and painting. “We’re always looking to offer unique clubs and opportunities for students who might not feel plugged into some of the traditional activities,” ACE Clubs Director Grant Fulton told the Herald Bulletin. ACE Clubs receive funding through a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant and participants have shown improvements in their English and math grades as well as class attendance and participation.

Longview Offers Virtual Reality in After-School Program, Patch (New York)

Starting in February, fifth through 10th grade students at Longview School in Brewster, New York will benefit from a robust afterschool program that leverages new technologies to inspire students to learn. For example, students will learn about physics and engineering and practice social and emotional skills through a Minecraft curriculum. They will also develop critical-thinking skills and physical fitness through virtual reality activities. "Longview has been pioneering the use of technology in the classroom for much of its 20+ years of operation," Longview Co-Founder and Director Mark Jacobs told Patch. “Students need deep engagement in their learning experiences that helps them build crucial critical-thinking and social-emotional skills that they apply in a range of contexts. Virtual Reality technology can be an integral part of 21st century education."

New After School Mentoring Program Launches in Austin, Austin Weekly News (Texas)

At the new YourPassion1st afterschool program in Austin, Texas, students will connect with mentors, learn how to transform their interest in cooking, arts, sports and music into careers, and get support from mental health professionals. The program is free thanks to funding from several grants, including a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, and program leaders say it is especially important as teens cope with the ongoing challenges of the pandemic. “We all go through mental health challenges, so our program has the base framework of mental health,” Founder Chris Thomas told Austin Weekly News.

Honors, 4-H Team on ‘Winternship’ STEM Outreach, Nebraska Today (Nebraska)

During their winter college break, eleven University of Nebraska honors students led science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming at several 4-H afterschool programs in eastern Nebraska. The university students are part of Huskers After-School and Summer Learning Opportunities program, a partnership between Nebraska 4-H and the University Honors Program. “For students who are interested in social justice and who want to make a difference in their community, this is a perfect partnership,” Patrice McMahon, director of the University Honors Program, told Nebraska Today. “I was delighted and amazed so many gave up their breaks to do this. It’s kind of a hard ask.”

Weekly Media Roundup: November 17, 2021

‘Worst-Case Scenario’: VB Parks & Rec Closing 14 Before/Afterschool Childcare Programs Due to Staffing Shortage, WAVY-TV (Virginia) Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation announced it will close three before-school and 11 afterschool programs starting January 3 due to ongoing...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      11/17/21

Weekly Media Roundup: November 10, 2021

Lakeside, YMCA Partner for After-School Program, The Sentinel-Record (Arkansas) Thanks to federal relief funds, Lakeside Primary School in Hot Springs, Arkansas is offering its S.C.O.R.E. (Successful Children's Out-of-school-time Recreation and Education) program free this year. Facilitated...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      11/10/21

Weekly Media Roundup: November 3, 2021

State Celebrates Success of Afterschool/Summer Program Expansion, Rutland Herald (Vermont) At a Lights On Afterschool event held in Montpelier, Vermont Governor Phil Scott announced a new initiative to ensure every student in Vermont can access high-quality afterschool and summer learning...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      11/03/21

Weekly Media Roundup: October 27, 2021

Former Teacher Creates After-School Program at Family Business, Columbus Dispatch (Mississippi) A Starkville, Mississippi teacher reimagined her family’s skating rink as an afterschool program for elementary schoolers. Skate Odyssey has been owned by Harley Middleton’s family since...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/27/21

Weekly Media Roundup: October 20, 2021

Girls Inc. Launches STEM-Based Program At New College, SRQ Magazine (Florida) In addition to summer and afterschool programs, Girls Inc. of Sarasota, Florida is expanding its STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) opportunities for girls through a multi-year program with New College....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/20/21

Weekly Media Roundup: October 13, 2021

Gwinnett Celebrating Importance of Afterschool Programs, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)  On October 28, Gwinnett County, Georgia, will celebrate Lights On Afterschool with an event titled “Walk Among the Stars.” At the Hollywood-themed...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/13/21

Weekly Media Roundup: October 6, 2021

Non-profit Looks to Bring Hope to Chadbourn Youth, WWAY-TV (North Carolina) A new afterschool program in Chadbourn, North Carolina will focus on mentorship, athletics, academics, and character development. Robbie ‘Pedro’ Stephens, a retired military officer and juvenile counselor,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/06/21

Weekly Media Roundup, September 29, 2021

Children of the Valley Program Expanding to Burlington, Sedro-Woolley, GoSkagit.com (Washington) At the onset of the pandemic, the Mount Vernon School District in Washington state reached out to Children of the Valley afterschool program to help provide in-person support to students facing the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/29/21

Weekly Media Roundup: September 22, 2021

Staying Active: McAllen Club Navigating COVID Fears, Funding Cuts, The Monitor (Texas)  With strong community support, the Boys and Girls Club of McAllen, Texas has been able to keep its doors open throughout the pandemic. “Financially, the local community has stepped up,”...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/22/21

Weekly Media Roundup: September 15, 2021

'Too young to do nothing,' Grandma's House Founder is Tulare's Woman of the Year, Visalia Times Delta (California) When Flora Johnson retired as an elementary school principal after an education career spanning more than three decades, she decided to continue to serve children by...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/16/21