Weekly Media Roundup: July 25, 2018


Weekly Media Roundup: July 25, 2018

New Alachua County Youth Program Aims to Make Reading More Relatable, (WUFT, Florida)

In Gainesville, Florida, a pastor has created a reading program aimed at closing the achievement gap between white and black students in the community. The Rev. Gerard Duncan designed I-Read, based on the idea that African-American children read more when presented with culturally relevant texts. Through the program, community volunteers read texts featuring African-American characters and history with about 200 children in the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Department’s summer camps. PRCA also hopes to include I-Read in its afterschool programs in the coming year. “Our children belong to all of us, and so it’s going to take all of us to really work through [the achievement gap],” Kevin Berry, a curriculum specialist for Alachua County Public Schools, told WUFT.

A summer program uses the arts to combat the achievement gap (The Hechinger Report, Maryland)

In Baltimore’s Summer Arts and Learning Academy, more than 2,200 students are working with local artists to maintain their math and literacy skills. Designed to minimize summer learning loss among low-income students, the cost-free program is a collaboration between Baltimore City Public Schools and the local arts-based education nonprofit, Young Audiences. Student assessments indicate the academy is effective at increasing academic achievement, but instead of traditional school activities, students get hands-on experience with art forms like spoken word, dance and illustration. “They don’t even realize we’re doing math and literacy instruction because we’re having so much fun,” Lara Ohanian, director of differentiated learning at the district, told The Hechinger Report.

In Nauticus camps, kids are driving force behind sailboats (Virginian-Pilot, Virginia)

In Norfolk, Virginia, Sail Nauticus students are spending their summer tying square knots, docking boats, and hoisting sails. Sail Nauticus was founded to change the demographics associated with sailing by increasing access to sailing programs for low-income students. Nauticus’ tuition-free afterschool and summer learning programs use sailing to teach STEM concepts and inspire leadership skills. “We’re not trying to build kids into sailors,” Sail Nauticus programs coordinator Catherine Townes told the Virginian-Pilot. “We’re trying to build them into exceptional young adults.”

Beyond Housing collaborates with public schools on Missouri Foundation for Health grant (St. Louis American, Missouri)

In St. Louis, Beyond Housing’s Healthy Internship Program (HIP) aims to boost students’ nutrition and foster peer-to-peer mentorship. Through the program, high school student interns lead classes on culinary arts and healthy eating for younger students in Beyond Housing’s afterschool and summer learning programs. HIP is a response to calls for access to healthier food in the area, which was once designated a food desert. The younger students “get to see people who look like them, cooking healthier meals and teaching them how to make healthier decisions,” Ted Simpson, Beyond Housing’s community health manager, told the St. Louis American.

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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, (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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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