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Weekly Media Roundup: July 1, 2020

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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. The sessions will include virtual explorations of Meadeville watersheds, a citizen science class, an economics class, and more, and many will be led by Allegheny College professors and students. Funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, the program aims to help students discover new interests and maintain their academic skills. “Celebrity speakers for the summer include Area Shopper general manager Lon Wilson and District Judge Samuel Pendolino,” the Meadeville Tribune reported.

In Census 2020 Video Jersey City, Paterson Teens Make Their Musical Talents Count, TAPinto.net (New Jersey)

Students in a music-based afterschool program called New City Kids in Jersey City and Paterson, New Jersey recently released a rap music video highlighting the importance of completing the 2020 Census. The music video, which has garnered nearly 70,000 views, was written, performed, and filmed by students. The project aims to increase Census participation, which affects funding for education, afterschool programs and more. “So many of the resources that end up providing support to the communities we live in…[come] through the channel of the census,” Jeremy Jerschina, executive director of New City Kids: Paterson, told TAPinto.net.

Learning Initiatives Seek to Battle ‘Summer Learning Loss’ and ‘COVID Slide’, Delaware Public Media (Delaware)

Students in Delaware can engage in summer learning, stay healthy, explore careers and more this year through a wide variety of virtual programs. In the WAVE program, students can take free classes via Zoom, ranging from computer coding to mindfulness to creative writing to financial literacy, as well as attend daily meetings focused on social and emotional issues. The program will also include virtual college and career preparation sessions throughout the summer. “Just like all waves don’t perform in the same way, our whole design is based on the belief that no two kids are the same,” Catherine Lindroth, co-founder of WAVE, told Delaware Public Media. Separately, the Summer Collaborative program will offer daily virtual reading instruction and project-based learning to more than 550 elementary school students, as well as “Tyler’s Camp,” which focuses on leadership, engineering, sports, arts and literacy.

TikTok Is Helping Launch a Songwriter Academy for Diverse Students, Rolling Stone

To promote diversity in the music industry, After-School All-Stars, TikTok, Syracuse University and music publisher Sony/ATV have partnered to create a ‘songwriter academy’ this summer. Students from underrepresented communities will work with After-School All-Stars staff mentors and take classes on music production, publishing, marketing, songwriting and more. Grammy winner Timbaland and multi-platinum producer DJ Dahl will share their creative processes with students. Carlos Santini, After-School All-Stars executive vice president of programs, told Rolling Stone, “Our afterschool programs sit in the very cities that have experienced the inequities brought by COVID-19 and the ongoing racism that has yet again been exposed through police brutality and the death of George Floyd and many others in the Black community. Our collective voice will be heard in a bigger way because of this amazing collaboration.”

Weekly Media Roundup: June 10, 2020

Total Trek Quest Announces New Virtual Summer Program, ABC 13 (Michigan) Total Trek Quest engages boys in third through fifth grades in Grand Rapids, Michigan with afterschool programming focused on goal setting, social-emotional learning, physical activity and health education. This summer,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/10/20

Weekly Media Roundup: June 3, 2020

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Youth Stay Active With Virtual Services, Encinitas Advocate (California) While in-person programming is suspended due to the pandemic, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sandieguito in California is offering tutoring, music classes and sports practice to keep...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/03/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 27, 2020

L.A. School District Plans Star-Studded Summer Learning for Students — with James Cameron Teaching ‘Titanic’ and a Book Group with Alicia Keys and Others, The Washington Post This summer, students in Los Angeles will learn to draw and animate from the studio behind...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/27/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 20, 2020

Burlington Provides Care at School — or at Home — for Essential Workers' Kids, Seven Days (Vermont) Afterschool staff and paraeducators are providing a safe, enriching learning environment for children of essential workers in Burlington, Vermont while schools and afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/20/20

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/13/20

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