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Weekly Media Roundup: January 29, 2020

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Weekly Media Roundup: January 29, 2020

New After School Program in Syracuse Helping Children of All Abilities, Local SYR (New York)

At the ARISE Syracuse afterschool program in New York, students of all ages and abilities complete art projects, play games and learn together. The program’s classroom includes unique features to support children with disabilities, such as a sensory corner where children with sensory processing issues can take breaks. The program was created to address a gap in afterschool programming for children with disabilities in the community. “I think it’s really hard for parents to be able to know that their child is safe at all times, especially with kids with disabilities. So it definitely helps the families feel secure,” Mary Kate Menges, coordinator of inclusive recreation, told Local SYR.

Kraken Up at SAFE BASE, The Iola Register (Kansas)

Last week, students in the SAFE BASE afterschool program in Iola, Kansas celebrated “Giant Squid Week” by completing hands-on, squid-themed activities. Fifth- and sixth-graders used scientific tools to dissect real squids, examining their eyes, gills, hearts, ink sacks, tentacles and more to learn about biology. Students also learned to make fried calamari and tasted the results. “It’s so interesting the way things work. When I have an opportunity to learn, I take it. That’s why I like SAFE BASE,” student Austin Nelson told the Iola Register.

Providing Pathways to Success, Ramona Home Journal (California)

The Pathways afterschool program in Ramona, California offers a wide variety of resources to support students’ academic, physical and social-emotional growth. Students can access mental health counseling, receive food, clothing, and shoes, learn to care for fruit trees and native plants, take part in workshops with professional scientists and more. Director of Finance and Human Resources Kim Simas told the Ramona Home Journal that the reward for her work is “seeing these kids come to school with clothes on their backs, not shivering, with no holes in their shoes. Seeing them be excited about a particular project they’re working on after school. Seeing them buy into everything we’re trying to do for them and then appreciating it.”

Helping Hand - After-School All-Stars Hawaii, Hawaii Public Radio (Hawaii)

Students at 10 middle schools in Hawaii can attend a free, comprehensive afterschool program facilitated by After-School All-Stars Hawaii each afternoon. There, they work on homework with tutors before playing sports ranging from bocce to basketball, completing hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects, and more. “Last year we did more than 4,500 hours of service learning with our students… We emphasize to them: You have to give back to your community,” President and CEO Paula Fitzell told Hawai’i Public Radio

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