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Weekly Media Roundup: July 15, 2020

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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 virtual programming, including a book club hosted on Snapchat. This week, the free program in Framingham, Massachusetts reopened with extensive safety protocols including masks, symptom checks, reduced capacity and extra sanitation. The program aims to provide a safe way for students to connect with mentors, get academic support and participate in fun, enriching activities such as art projects. “I get help with my homework and the people around me are super-duper fun,” Crisaly Cupi, an eleven-year-old student, told Metrowest Daily.

Charlotte Organizations Aiming to Help Kids Stay Engaged Until They Head Back to School, WCNC-TV (North Carolina)

Lowe’s, the Collins Aerospace Center, and Digi-Tech are partnering with Freedom School Partners and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School district to help students in Charlotte, North Carolina sharpen their science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) skills this summer. The organizations will distribute shoeboxes filled with materials for hands-on activities such as engineering projects, chemistry experiments, seed germination, and more with instructions in English and Spanish. The goal is “to pique their interest in some of these different topics that we're exploring and for them to say ‘oh, this is cool, I want to learn more about this,’" Sherry Sample with Digi-Bridge told WCNC-TV.

Engineering for Kids of King County" Teaches STEM Skills, KOMO-TV (Washington)

For seven years, Engineering for Kids of King County in Washington has helped students ages four to 14 explore careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) through afterschool and summer learning programs. During the coronavirus pandemic, the program has continued its mission through online classes, both real-time and prerecorded. Classes focus on coding, game design, engineering and more. “Minecraft engineering is very popular and that's a program where the students actually learn engineering concepts while they're playing Minecraft, so they learn about kinetic energy, potential energy and various engineering concepts like the engineering design process,” Noah Cordova of Engineering for Kids told KOMO-TV.

Thrive Lonsdale Offering In-Person and Virtual After School Programs this Year, WBIR-TV (Tennessee)

This fall, students in kindergarten through 12th grade will have multiple ways to access comprehensive, enriching afterschool programing from Thrive, a nonprofit organization in Knoxville, Tennessee. Thrive plans to offer an in-person program with safety protocols such as social distancing, temperature checks and masks. The program will help students with homework and offer dinner and the chance to participate in fun electives. Students can also join a virtual version of the program. “We have added a team, a virtual team and they meet with [students] outside of their home and visit them and drop off food and supplies,” Executive Director Clayton Wood told WBIR-TV. “They will be paired similarly in the fall in the virtual program.”

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