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Weekly Media Roundup: January 22, 2020

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Weekly Media Roundup: January 22, 2020

“A Day On, Not a Day Off” for Boys and Girls Club of Harrisburg, Fox 43 (Pennsylvania)

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, sixth- through 11th-grade students in the Boys and Girls Club of Harrisburg afterschool program in Pennsylvania spent their day off from school participating in service projects. Students helped cook and serve about 100 hot meals to people in need of food assistance at the Harrisburg City Government Center. The day of service included a visit from Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse. “It's better to help than just lie around and do nothing,” ninth-grader Nyara Jones-Lowden told Fox 43.

It’s 3 P.M.—Do You Know Where Your Teen Is? West Jordan Middle Offers 23 After-School Activities To Keep Kids Out Of Trouble, West Jordan Journal (Utah)

Each day after the final bell rings at West Jordan Middle School in Utah, students can discover new interests through hands-on activities such as robotics, yoga, sign language, stop motion film, soccer, music production, coding and more – all for free. The school’s afterschool program is staffed entirely by teachers, who work to build relationships with students while keeping them safe and engaged during the after-school hours. “It makes me feel pretty good that I could trust these teachers,” ninth-grader Nefthaly Loya told the West Jordan Journal. Program coordinator Ryan Frandsen was recently named Utah Afterschool Network’s Site Coordinator of the Year.

Santa Rosa ISD Event to Feature NASA Scientists, Valley Morning Star (Texas)

Last week, the Santa Rosa High School afterschool program in Texas hosted a NASA Space Day event to inspire students to explore careers paths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The event featured a NASA scientist and a Rice University professor who presented about their work and judged a science competition. Students and their families also participated in hands-on activities including rocket-building and comet-crafting. “We are very excited about having NASA scientists and other science professionals visit our school and work with our students and families at SRISD,” Afterschool Centers on Education Project Director Alberto Trevino told the Valley Morning Star.

KCK After-School Program Pairs Kids and Seniors Together to Improve Math, Reading Skills Fox 4 KC (Kansas)

Children in the KC Urban C afterschool program in Kansas City, Kansas benefit from the wisdom, experience, kindness and mentorship of volunteer tutors who are senior citizens. The free program pairs kindergarten through fifth-grade students with senior citizens to work on math, reading, and other homework. The students also participate in pottery, theater and art classes. “Partnering with the senior citizens works because when [the kids] come here, they know they are loved,” Executive Director Maria Sanchez-Chastain told Fox 4 KC.  “They know they can be themselves. They know there is always a helping hand out there.”

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