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Weekly Media Roundup: January 6, 2020

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Weekly Media Roundup: January 6, 2020

Girls Inc. Takes Creative Approach to Programming During COVID-19, The Daily Times (Tennessee)

At the in-person and virtual afterschool programs run by Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, about 200 girls explore engineering, science, and agriculture, reflect on song lyrics, journal, learn about mental health, and more. This year, the program has increased its focus on advocacy and youth voices with activities led by the program’s advocacy and social justice coordinator. “[The students] have discussions about what advocacy means, and what rights for women and girls in our community look like, and what we can do in the community to make sure our voices are heard,” Executive Director Kirby Deal told the Daily Times.

First Lego League Draws Kids into STEM Curriculum Using Play, Sparking Interest in Robotics, Treasure Coast Palm (Florida)

To increase access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) out-of-school time programming for low-income students, the All About Achieving Learning Center and the YMCA of the Treasure Coast have partnered to provide Lego robotics afterschool programs to nearly 400 students in the Treasure Coast region of Florida. In the program, students ages four to 14  work in teams to complete projects using Legos, developing their critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the process. “The most interesting piece is watching kids who I’m not sure have ever touched a Lego sit and build and work collaboratively together,” All About Achieving Founder Tina McSoley told the Treasure Coast Palm. “It’s been really interesting watching students after a few sessions engage, talk and create things.”

Hoops 4 L.Y.F.E. Switches Gears Amid Pandemic, The Winston-Salem Chronicle (North Carolina)

At the Hoops 4 L.Y.F.E virtual learning program in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, students doing school remotely have access to tutors, two meals and a snack, laptops and Internet, sewing and cooking classes and more, in a socially distanced environment. When the pandemic hit and schools closed, the program quickly pivoted from an afterschool program to an all-day remote learning center to meet students’ needs. Now Hoops 4 L.Y.F.E. is seeking to expand the program. Founder and Executive Director Brittany Ward told the Winston-Salem Chronicle, “I am proud, but we can do better by adding a second and third location to assist more kids.”

A Public Housing Learning Pod with In-Person Therapy Supports D.C. Students During Pandemic, The Washington Post (District of Columbia)

In 2017, Ryane Nickens created the TraRon Center, an afterschool program in Washington, DC that combines academic support and therapy to support students in the subsidized Langston Lane Apartments, many of whom have been impacted by gun violence. During the pandemic, the program is open all day to provide students a safe space to learn virtually and access counseling and art therapy, tutoring and more. Recently, students took a field trip to Ben’s Chili Bowl where they discussed their goals with the restaurant’s co-founder and took a cooking class. A main goal of the program is to equip students with tools to cope with trauma. “Since the pandemic, people have been protesting, people are dying, and it’s stressful,” 12-year-old Samiyah Coats told the Washington Post. “When I’m stressed, the therapist helps me stay strong.”

Weekly Media Roundup: February 24, 2021

Community Stepped Up When the Going Got Tough, Sandusky Register (Ohio) When the pandemic hit, the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio immediately got to work to ensure students’ academic, physical and emotional needs were met. The Club partnered with Sandusky City Schools to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/24/21

Weekly Media Roundup: February 17, 2021

Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Unified School District Present Encore of BRAVO! Program, Noozhawk (California) Through an ongoing collaboration with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) has continued to provide a free afterschool program to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/17/21

Weekly Media Roundup: February 10, 2021

A New Mural Was Created By Children And Artist At Reddick Elementary School In Wimauma, Osprey Observer (Florida) Students from migrant families in the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida spent four weeks creating a mural promoting kindness at a nearby...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/10/21

Weekly Media Roundup: February 3, 2021

Thousands of Dallas Children Are in Need of After-School Care, Survey Finds, The Dallas Morning News (Texas) The America After 3PM survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance found that more than 101,000 children in Dallas, Texas aren’t in afterschool programs, but would be if a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/03/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 27, 2021

MSCR Cares Program at Henderson Elementary Supports Students Indoors and Out, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin) At Madison School and Community Recreation Cares sites in Madison, Wisconsin, about 650 elementary students spend their mornings doing remote learning with the support of trained...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/27/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 19, 2021

More Than Just an Afterschool Program: Española Nonprofit Plans for Expansion, KRQE (New Mexico) Thanks to a $100,000 matching grant from the Thoma Art Foundation, Moving Arts Española   will soon open a teen center where middle and high school students can access career...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/19/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 13, 2020

YMCA gives kids ‘a dose of normal,’ Martha’s Vineyard Times (Massachusetts) To help students overcome isolation and disconnection, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is providing in-person programming for students each afternoon. The program provides enrichment activities and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/13/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 6, 2020

Girls Inc. Takes Creative Approach to Programming During COVID-19, The Daily Times (Tennessee) At the in-person and virtual afterschool programs run by Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, about 200 girls explore engineering, science, and agriculture, reflect on song lyrics, journal, learn about...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/06/21

Weekly Media Roundup: December 23, 2020

Lack Of Afterschool Program Access In Indiana Could Impact Education, Economic Recovery, WBAA (Georgia) A recent household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance, America After 3PM, found that more than 400,000 children in Indiana cannot access the afterschool programs they need....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/23/20

Weekly Media Roundup: December 16, 2020

Column: Hawaii Behind on Afterschool Programs, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Hawaii) Although data from the household survey America After 3 PM showed Hawaii was a national leader in afterschool participation in 2009, the 2020 America After 3 PM report shows unmet demand for afterschool has...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/16/20