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Weekly Media Roundup: January 15, 2020

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Weekly Media Roundup: January 15, 2020

Bath Woman Transforming the After-School Scene as She Works to Let Teens Know They Matter, News Center Maine (Maine)

In December, the New England Patriots donated $20,000 to the Midcoast Community Alliance (MCA) in Bath, Maine and named its founder, Jamie Dorr, the Difference Maker of the Year. The MCA facilitates a free afterschool program at the Bath Youth Meetinghouse and Skate Park where teens can skateboard, play games, get homework help, take art and fitness classes, learn about teamwork from a National Guard member, access free hot meals and more. The program also creates ‘wrap-around committees’ of mentors and service providers to support individual students who are struggling with mental illness or substance abuse. "I want every student to understand that they matter, that they have a purpose, that they have something to give to their community,” Dorr told News Center Maine.

Innovation Learning Offers Decatur Students Learning as Fun, Herald & Review (Illinois)

Each day at the Innovation Learning afterschool program in Decatur, Illinois, students participate in fitness activities, get tutoring and homework help, and explore science and technology. Older students support groups of younger students with hands-on projects such as coding and robotics. The program seeks to develop students’ social-emotional and communication skills. “Even though you’re going to spend the whole day at school, you just look forward to [the afterschool program],” second-grader Asher Tyler told the Herald & Review.

Bay Base Builds Future Leaders, Panama City News Herald (Florida)

Nearly 1,100 students at 16 elementary schools participate in service learning and character education activities through the Bay Base afterschool and summer learning programs in Panama City, Florida. Students have collected donations to send to those affected by natural disasters, created blankets for nursing home residents and more. The programs also provide homework help, mentorship, physical activity, gardening, journalism, sewing, and field trips. “We support academic learning, as well as provide students with the opportunities to practice important life skills, such as problem solving, thinking creatively, socializing appropriately, communicating effectively, and cultivating positive relationships,” Director Katrina Evans wrote in the Panama City News Herald.

Quality Afterschool Programs Provided by Haven, Argus Leader (South Dakota)

At the Dell Rapids Community Haven afterschool program in South Dakota, children spend their afterschool hours discovering new foods, creating art, exploring engineering and more. The program has served students for more than two decades. “Our students know that Haven is a safe space for them to explore new interests, develop new friendships, and have fun each day. We also provide an environment where students can work on their social skills in a relaxed atmosphere,” Program Director Lisa Wilber wrote in the Argus Leader.

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