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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.”

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