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Weekly Media Roundup: January 25, 2023

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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 and Youth analyzing the first year of the program found that “the state’s investments made it possible for far more students to benefit from summer and after-school enrichment programs, especially those from low-income families. Students benefitted academically as well as socially and emotionally,” EdSource reports. The report includes a number of recommendations for next steps, including making the new funding permanent, surveying students and parents on their experiences, expanding the program to include middle and high school students, and more.

Knoxville Church Lends a Hand to Help After-School Program Reopen After Burst Pipe, WATE-TV (Tennessee)

When a pipe burst in the Thrive afterschool program’s kitchen over Christmas, Second Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee quickly offered the use of their kitchen so students could continue to receive dinners at the program. “Thrive really is a second home for a lot of the kids, they spend about four hours every day after school with us and we provide the academic help they need, the social help, and the food is a major component of it as well,” Holly Kizer, a grant writer with Thrive, told WATE-TV. The Knoxville community is also raising money to help pay for the costly repairs.

Multi-Million-Dollar Investment Project Focuses on Impoverished Neighborhood, WSOC-TV (South Carolina)

To assist the approximately two-thirds of Lancaster, South Carolina residents living at or below poverty level, the Lancaster Promise Neighborhood project offers comprehensive services, including afterschool programs, to prepare students for school and beyond. Sha’kur Francis, program director at Lancaster Promise Neighborhood, spoke about his experience as a former participant in an afterschool program. “I grew up in a community similar to this in Charleston. It was because of an education that I’m able to stand before you today,” Francis told WSOC-TV. “Lancaster Promise Neighborhood (project) is a five-year, $25-million federal grant aimed to start programs that start from the cradle of a child’s life, up until college or career.”

Hallie Q Brown Expanding Ater-School Program to Middle, High School Students in St. Paul, KARE 11 (Minnesota)

A new afterschool program for middle and high schoolers at the Hallie Q Brown Community Center will focus on technology and academics and provide tutoring from local college students. The program is part of a community response to the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old last week in St. Paul. "We've seen the demand and we've known that we need it. It's been something that we've been thinking about for a while. We just want a safe place for [students] and a place where they can come and be focused on what they have to focus on, not on protecting themselves,” Assistant Executive Director Angie Goettl told KARE 11.

Weekly Media Roundup: October 25, 2023

Iberville Coalition Launches Baton Rouge Youth Coalition Satellite Campus, Plaquemine Post South (Louisiana) In September, the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC) partnered with Dow Louisiana, the Iberville Parish School Board (IPSB), and the YMCA to open its first satellite campus at the Dow...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/25/23

Weekly Media Roundup: October 18, 2023

Participation in Boston Summer Learning Programs Reached All-Time High This Year, WBUR (Massachusetts) This past summer, nearly one in four Boston youths between the ages of five and 14 participated in the city’s educational summer programs and many of the programs were provided at no...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/18/23

Weekly Media Roundup: October 11, 2023

Monte Vista Gets AT&T Support for After-School Learning Lab, Alamosa Citizen (Colorado) Thanks to a $35,000 AT&T Foundation grant, the Monte Vista Kids Connection afterschool program in San Luis Valley, Colorado is purchasing much needed laptops and software for students attending the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/11/23

Weekly Media Roundup: October 4, 2023

N.Y. Afterschool Programs Work to Support Academic, Emotional Needs, Spectrum News 1 (New York) Afterschool programs across New York State are helping students catch up on academics while addressing their emotional needs. Rural communities tend to have fewer after school options because many are...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/04/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 27, 2023

After-School Program Helping Kids ‘Kick’ Off Their Future, WKBN-TV (Ohio) The Concept Young Scholars Program at the Horizon Science Academy in Youngstown, Ohio, which helps students with homework and focuses on building confidence, advancing volunteerism, and overcoming academic...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/27/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 20, 2023

Boys & Girls Club Wausau Offering After School Programs to Prepare Students for Future, WSAW-TV (Wisconsin) Career exploration and workforce development is a major focus of the Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area’s afterschool program in Wisconsin. Students can apply and interview...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/20/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 13, 2023

Afterschool Program Helps Madison Students Breathe for Change, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin) At the Meadowood Neighborhood Center’s afterschool program in Madison, Wisconsin, students learn to reduce stress by controlling their breathing, practicing yoga, reading books to therapy...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/13/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 6, 2023

Skateboarding, Cooking, Ceramics: After School Programs at Monterey Trail Help Students Find Hobbies, CBS Sacramento (California) At the ASSETs (After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens) program at Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove, California, more than 200 teens access tutoring...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/06/23

Weekly Media Roundup: August 30, 2023

Oldest Home in Spartanburg Gets $200K for Transformation in an After-School Program, WSPA (South Carolina) Built in the late 1700s, the Seay House in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is undergoing a major renovation this fall and will reopen as the Brown Girls Read afterschool program early next...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/30/23

Weekly Media Roundup: August 16, 2023

4-H Can Help Find That Spark, Richmond Register (Kentucky) “In a world full of talents, interests and qualities, everyone has a unique inner fire that gives them joy, purpose, and direction. 4-H calls these ‘sparks,’ representing passion, energy and self-identity, not just...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/16/23