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Weekly Media Roundup, January 8, 2020

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Weekly Media Roundup, January 8, 2020

Afterschool Program Launching Podcast Project with Internet Radio Station, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel (West Virginia)

This year, students in the Patch 21 afterschool program in Spencer, West Virginia are building a recording studio in a classroom, learning to use recording and sound editing technology, and developing their interview techniques as they launch an entirely student-run podcast. The students will interview community members about health and wellness topics including heart health, motivation and more. “We’re trying to train them for the workforce. They have to be interviewed and follow the job roles the same as an adult would,” Executive Director David McCutcheon, an Afterschool Ambassador for the Afterschool Alliance, told the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. “Our goal is to give them purpose and to help them have something that has ownership for them and something they can utilize for their future to be productive and to go out into the world.”

LEAP Education Is Expanding Its After School Program to Lynn Schools, The Daily Item (Massachusetts)

Students at Thurgood Marshall Middle School in Lynn, Massachusetts will soon benefit from literacy programming, college and career exploration, social and emotional learning and mentorship, offered at a comprehensive new afterschool program facilitated by LEAP (Learn — Explore — Aspire — Pursue). LEAP is also starting an afterschool program at Marshall for English-language learners in which students will develop their English skills by completing a hands-on service project in the community. “This is a gap of resources LEAP can provide for us,” Marshall Principal Molly Cohen told the Daily Item. “It’s very exciting to just broaden the services we already had in place with additional funds that could offer things we couldn’t afford to offer.”

Urban Promise LA Takes Innovative Approach to Youth Leadership, Spectrum News 1 (California)

At A Place Called Home, an afterschool program in South Los Angeles, California, students are paired with adult mentors from the community who introduce them to new interests, teach them new skills, and help them prepare for life after high school. For professional drummer Ryan Schiedermayer and high schooler Paul Arnold, that’s meant touring college campuses together, as well as regular drum lessons. “I try to teach [drums] in a way that is not just learning your part, but how do you apply it in the context of a band, how you interact with the rest of the musicians,” Schiedermayer told Spectrum News 1. “Those types of skills that you learn socially in a band, to me, you can carry on throughout your life.”

Richmond Nonprofit Expands Into Albert Hill Middle School to Provide After-School Programs, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia)

A new NextUp afterschool program at Albert Hill Middle School in Richmond, Virginia will include a forensic science club, cooking classes, outdoor adventures, comic book writing projects, dinner and more. With support from the city of Richmond and private donations, NextUp’s expansion to Albert Hill will mean every public middle school in Richmond will have afterschool programming this year. “When children are participating in high quality after-school experiences, they do better in school,” Barbara Sipe, NextUp’s president, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “We’re excited to bring that to Albert Hill.”

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...

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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

Weekly Media Roundup: March 25, 2020

‘We Have Built a Very Strong Connection to Our Girls’: Girls Inc. Finding Creative Ways to Stay in Touch, Taunton Daily Gazette (Massachusetts) Each weekday, the Girls, Inc. program in Taunton, Massachusetts is offering a ‘virtual afterschool program’ via the video...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/25/20

Weekly Media Roundup: March 18, 2020

Despite Closed Doors, Cooperage Continues to Serve, WNEP-TV (Pennsylvania) The Cooperage Project provides robust afterschool programming to children in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The nonprofit recently had to cancel its afterschool program due to the coronavirus pandemic but, like other...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/18/20

Weekly Media Roundup: March 11, 2020

IPlay Gives San Antonio Kids a Safe Place to Play and Learn After School, KENS 5 (Texas) At iPlay afterschool programs in San Antonio, Texas, students can play basketball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, run track, get academic support and more. Fifty-eight elementary schools in and around San...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/11/20

Weekly Media Roundup: March 4, 2020

'Not a Babysitter': After-School Program Keeps Students Engaged After Final Bell Rings, Cumberland Times-News (Maryland) In the Allegany County Public School afterschool program in Cumberland, Maryland, students have learned about cybersecurity from IBM employees, water testing from the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/04/20

Weekly Media Roundup: November 21, 2018

Afterschool Girls + STEAM Program Launches, Fosters (Delaware) In Delaware, girls in the Seymour Osman Community Center afterschool program learn engineering concepts by working with UV reactive beads, building sun-resistant shelters, and more. The new “Girls + STEAM” (science,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      11/21/18

Weekly Media Roundup: July 18, 2018

Program connects young minds with learning at Boys & Girls Club (Lowell Sun, Massachusetts) At a STEAM makerspace in Billerica, Mass., hands-on experiences with cutting-edge technology stimulate students’ love of learning. Created by the local Boys & Girls Club and supported by...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/18/18

Weekly Media Roundup: June 20, 2018

Campers build confidence at Bricks 4 Kidz (The Bakersfield Californian, California) At a day camp in Bakersfield, children spend their days building all kinds of structures with LEGO® bricks, learning STEM concepts along the way. With a different theme to inspire them each week, campers at...

BY: Emily Hecker      06/20/18

Weekly Media Roundup: June 13, 2018

Morristown’s New After-School Program Praised by Assemblywoman Jenne (North Country This Week, New York) The Green Rockets Rising afterschool program was recently visited by Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, who praised the impact the program has on students at Morristown Central School....

BY: Emily Hecker      06/13/18

Weekly Media Roundup: June 6, 2018

Gwinnett Mom’s Programming Venture Gives Kids A Code for Fun (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia) After noticing the lack of STEM-related education programs in her children’s school, Nidhi Jain, a skilled programmer, decided to take matters into her own hands. Using a free...

BY: Emily Hecker      06/06/18