Weekly Media Roundup: January 19, 2022


Weekly Media Roundup: January 19, 2022

Season for Sharing Grant Used by MentorKids for Afterschool and Tutoring Programs, Arizona Republic (Arizona)

More than 300 students in Phoenix, Arizona benefit from afterschool and summer programming provided by MentorKids, supported in part by a grant from the Arizona Republic’s Season for Sharing campaign. MentorKids’ free program focuses on academic support, leadership development, and mentorship, and students explore a wide variety of interests ranging from art to gardening to engineering. “We have students who started with us in second grade and are now serving and mentoring the younger kids as iLEADers,” Executive Director Aaron Parrott told the Arizona Republic. “To see how they have developed into kind, service-focused young leaders who are now investing in our younger kids and serving their communities is the proof that what we do at MentorKids, while not easy, is working in a powerful, transformational way.”

Meet the Person Looking to Improve Sioux Falls' After-School Programs, Sioux Falls Simplified (South Dakota)

Kids Inc, the Sioux Falls School District afterschool program, has a waitlist with more than 500 students -- and more than 4,000 students in Sioux Falls can’t access the afterschool programs they need, according to a study by Sioux Falls Thrive.  To combat these disparities, the school district recently hired Rebecca Wimmer, formerly CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of the Sioux Empire, for a new administrative position. Wimmer is working to build community partnerships to ensure all students, regardless of family income, can access high-quality afterschool programs. “How do we develop a program that ensures every child has access to the same type of program? We're starting to dream about what could this look like,” Wimmer told Sioux Falls Simplified.

Child Care Programs Handle Jump in Kids as KUSD Schools Transition Online, Kenosha News (Wisconsin)

As increasing COVID infection rates in Wisconsin prompted most Kenosha Unified schools to go virtual in early January, many before school and afterschool programs quickly expanded their programs to help families needing support. “We are the backup plan for some people,” Andrea Honey, director of Kid’s Castle’s Before and After School Program, told Kenosha News. “We really felt like, for the community and for our families, that we had to do something.” Despite staffing shortages and new schedules, the programs have been able to provide full day in-person programming.

The ROCK to Provide After-School Programs at Meridian Junior High, Midland Daily News (Michigan)

Thanks to a partnership between Meridian Junior High and The ROCK Center for Youth Development, middle school students in Meridian, Michigan will benefit from a new afterschool program at their school focusing on social and academic enrichment. “Research tells us providing out-of-school time support not only improves academic outcomes but also helps with life skill development, social and emotional learning and enhances the quality of lives for our families. We are proud to partner with a community partner known for these outcomes,” Meridian Superintendent Craig Carmoney told Midland Daily News. The free afterschool program will include homework assistance, physical exercise, crafts, games and meals.

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/15/23

Weekly Media Roundup: February 8, 2023

News 12 Takes a Look at New After-School Class Focused on Educating Kids About Cannabis, News 12 Connecticut (New York) At the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) afterschool program in the Bronx, New York, middle school students discuss pressing issues, including...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/08/23

Weekly Media Roundup: February 1, 2023

After-School Program Returns to Fair Bluff, Signaling Hope for Flood-Battered Town, Border Belt Independent (North Carolina) Due to repeated floods, including those from Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence, the town of Fair Bluff, North Carolina has lost about a quarter of its population...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/01/23

Weekly Media Roundup: January 25, 2023

California’s Summer and After-School Programs are Effective and Should be Expanded, Report Finds, EdSource (California) To help students recover from the pandemic, the state of California invested $4 billion in expanded learning programs. A new report from the Partnership for Children...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/25/23

Weekly Media Roundup: January 18, 2023

'Safe Spot' Also Filled with Laughter, Energy, Quad-City Times (Iowa) At the Project Renewal afterschool program in Davenport, Iowa, students get help with homework, eat snacks, play games, practice social-emotional skills and take part in arts programming organized by partner...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/18/23

Weekly Media Roundup: January 11, 2023

Color a Positive Thought: Bridgeport Man Creates Coloring Book, After-School Program for City Kids, WTNH (Connecticut) Bridgeport, Connecticut native Harry Bell created “Color a Positive Thought,” a coloring book with inspirational phrases, to help children and families facing...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/11/23

Weekly Media Roundup: January 4, 2022

Popular After School Program Returns to Lexington Public Library, Fox 56 (Kentucky) Recognizing the community’s need for more afterschool programs, the Lexington Public Library is opening programs at its Northside and Village branches in Lexington, Kentucky, offering STEAM (science,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/04/23

Weekly Media Roundup: December 21, 2022

'It Shouldn't Have to Be This Difficult': Lack of Afterschool Program Slots has Parents Struggling, Daily Kos A “modest increase” in federal funding for afterschool in the Senate budget package “will allow tens of thousands more children to access a program, where...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/21/22

Weekly Media Roundup: December 14, 2022

Anaconda After-School Program Receives Donation from Gov. Gianforte, KXLF (Montana) As part of his 12 Days of Giving holiday campaign, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte donated $18,675 of his salary to the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) afterschool program in Anaconda, Montana to assist with...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/14/22

Weekly Media Roundup: December 7, 2022

Season for Sharing: From Homework to Job Skills, Saint Florian Center Helps At-Risk Kids, Indianapolis Star (Indiana) Motivated by the lack of safe, affordable recreation options for children, Indianapolis Fire Department Battalion Chief Anthony Williamson founded the Saint Florian Center nearly...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/07/22