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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: August 26, 2020

Where Atlanta Parents Turn When Children Can’t Do Online School at Home, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia) Afterschool providers throughout Atlanta, Georgia are stepping up to provide safe, supportive environments for students to do distance learning while their parents are...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/26/20

Weekly Media Roundup: August 19, 2020

After-School Programs Adjusting to COVID-19 Challenges, Live 5 News (South Carolina) Several organizations in Charleston, South Carolina are finding creative ways to support students as the start of a new school year approaches. For example, the Metanoia Youth Leadership Academy will offer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/19/20

Weekly Media Roundup: August 12, 2020

Safe Spaces: Back-To-School Options For Cleveland's Working Parents, Idea Stream (Ohio) This fall, when Cleveland schools open remotely, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio is planning to serve more than 500 students with enriching all-day, in-person programming. To do so, the Club...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/12/20

Weekly Media Roundup, August 5, 2020

The After School All Stars Program Provides Support for Both Students and Parents, WSFL-TV (Florida) When schools closed due the pandemic, After School All Stars (ASAS) quickly found ways to support students and families remotely, first with a virtual afterschool program and then with a virtual...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/05/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 29, 2020

Prime Time Palm Beach Continues Programs, Lake Okeechobee News (Florida) When schools closed due to the pandemic, Prime Time Palm Beach County quickly created an online library where families could choose from more than 2,000 learning activities designed to help students discover new interests...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/29/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 22, 2020

ACPS’s Summer Learning Classes Aid Coronavirus Learning Slump, Local DVM (Virginia) This summer, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) in Virginia are offering free virtual summer learning classes to all students to keep them engaged, academically enriched, and connected to one another....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/22/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 15, 2020

Hoops and Homework Centers in Framingham Reopen with ‘Super Duper Excited’ Students, Metrowest Daily News (Massachusetts) When schools and programs closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hoops and Homework afterschool program quickly pivoted to supporting students through...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/15/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 8, 2020

Boys & Girls Club Delivers Camp For Kids, New Haven Independent (Connecticut) This week, about 60 students ages five to 14 started a six-week summer learning camp at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven in Connecticut. Students are divided into small pods, wearing masks and practicing...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/08/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 1, 2020

Learning Center to Have At-Home Learning Sessions, Meadeville Tribune (Pennsylvania) Each Monday through Thursday in July, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mentoring Program in Meadeville, Pennsylvania will hold interactive, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lessons online....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/01/20

Weekly Media Roundup: June 24, 2020

JCPS' New Summer School Program Offers Virtual Adventures, Big-Ticket Prizes, Courier Journal (Kentucky) Through the Jefferson County Public Schools’ online “Summer League” program, students in Louisville, Kentucky can explore new interests and keep their academic skills...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/24/20