Weekly Media Roundup: July 29, 2020


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 and develop their academic skills. This summer, the program is hosting a free virtual summer camp that offers activities ranging from virtual dance tutorials to lessons from the Palm Beach Zoo. An out-of-school time intermediary, Prime Time has partnered with afterschool programs and summer camps in Palm Beach County, Florida throughout the pandemic by providing training and stipends and helping programs transition to virtual programming. “Being a part of these trainings with other colleagues and hearing how their programs are operating…was definitely food for thought, and things that I could certainly glean from that will be impactful within our program,” afterschool practitioner Anecia Wilson told the Lake Okeechobee News.

Compassion in Action: Aloha MAP Program Distributes School Supplies to Participants, Hawaii Tribune Herald (Hawaii)

This summer, students in Hawaii are learning about Hawaiian language and culture, exploring science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), trying out new recipes, prepping for the ACT/SAT, doing fun workouts and more through a free virtual summer learning program from Aloha MAP (Meritorious Achievement Program). This month, the program hosted a drive-through event where about 900 children received bags filled with school supplies, snacks, books, wellness kits, sunglasses and more to help them enjoy summer and prepare for school.  “We cannot let these kids get left behind,” Project Director Lilinoi Grace told the Hawaii Tribune Herald.

Boston Summer Programs Host More Than 12,000 Youth, Patch Charlestown (Massachusetts)

Boston After School & Beyond is supporting 95 virtual and in-person summer learning programs this summer, helping more than 12,000 students explore their passions, learn new skills and stay connected to one another. Activities focus on mixed martial arts, exercise science. leadership development, sailing, storytelling, soccer, film editing and more. “The programs in our network have demonstrated remarkable creativity and persistence, rising to the challenge of the pandemic to serve the young people of Boston,” Chris Smith, executive director of Boston After School & Beyond, told Patch Charlestown. “Despite numerous obstacles, program leaders have found ways to engage kids in learning and keep them connected to one another.”

Freedom Schools Come to Wilmington, Here’s What the Program is All About, Port City Daily (North Carolina)

At the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School program in Wilmington, North Carolina, about 50 students are spending their summer dancing, singing, creating art, reading, writing and more, while taking extra precautions and social distancing. The program features a culturally responsive curriculum that uses literature to spark student discussions on racism, sexism, and other social issues, led by student leader interns from local universities. “The heart of Freedom School is letting our scholars know they can make a difference in their families, in themselves, in their communities,” site coordinator Keisha Robinson told the Port City Daily. “We’re building them up here but they’re taking it someplace else with them.”

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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, (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