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Weekly Media Roundup: January 9, 2019

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Weekly Media Roundup: January 9, 2019

Ten Significant Accomplishments of the African Community Learning Program in 2018, The  Philadelphia Sunday Sun (Pennsylvania)

University of Pennsylvania senior Aminata Sy founded the African Community Learning Program in October 2017 to inspire academic achievement among 1st to 8th grade students with African backgrounds in Philadelphia. Since then, the afterschool program’s students have toured the Philadelphia NBC 10 station, improved their English-language skills with culturally relevant curriculum, and received visits from Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell. “Many students went from not speaking English to communicating, reading, writing, and comprehending the language and our texts as well as presenting to our class,” Sy wrote in the Philadelphia Sunday Sun.

Program Connects Local Students to Inspire Future Leaders, WCVB 5 (Massachusetts)

Since its creation eight years ago, Coaching for Change has reached more than 2,000 Boston students with academic support, fitness programming, and mentorship. The program uses a three-tiered approach in which college student mentors work with high school students to facilitate afterschool programs in middle schools. Highlights include field trips to the college mentors’ campuses to spark students’ interest in higher education. Founder Marquis Taylor told WCVB 5 that among participating students, our school attendance is improving by 86 percent. Our students are reducing their behavioral infractions by 88 percent. Kids are completing their homework at higher rates.”

After-school Programs are Safety Nets for Kids, News & Citizen (Vermont)

Last month, the Everyone Equals Morristown Community Center (E=MC2) opened its doors to provide daily afterschool programming and meals to middle and high school students. The program aims to cultivate a safe community and mentoring relationships with adults to encourage teens to make healthy choices. Future offerings may include cooking and coding classes, depending on community interests. “After-school programs also allow for skill development and mastery. We know that youth do better when they are invested in doing something that they enjoy,” Jessica Bickford, coordinator of Healthy Lamoille Valley, told the News & Citizen. “This joy in activity counters the risks leading to substance misuse.”

Mosaic Youth Theatre Gets $1M Gift from 'Hamilton' Producer, The Detroit News (Michigan)

Two hundred students will gain access to afterschool and summer programs focused on performing each year for the next five years thanks to a $1 million grant from Jeffrey Seller, lead producer of the musical “Hamilton,” to the Mosaic Youth Theatre. Mosaic operates afterschool programs in nine Detroit schools that engage students with theatre and music education. Since 1992, 95 percent of Mosaic students have gone on to attend college, and some have received Tony and Grammy nominations. “[Rick Sperling, Mosaic’s founding artistic director] daily demonstrates that theatre changes lives,” Seller told The Detroit News. “His work with Mosaic has lifted and enriched the lives of thousands of young people and we are honored to help support a strong future for this extraordinary institution.”

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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Weekly Media Roundup: June 20, 2018

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Weekly Media Roundup: June 13, 2018

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Weekly Media Roundup: June 6, 2018

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