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Weekly Media Roundup: July 3, 2019

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Weekly Media Roundup: July 3, 2019

MaliVai Washington Foundation a lifesaver for at-risk kids, Jacksonville.com (Florida)

What began as a small tennis camp is today a multifaceted afterschool and summer program giving 200 youth from economically challenged families a safe haven and the chance to improve their academic performance and gain life skills. Once ranked the No. 11 tennis player in the world, MaliVai Washington opened his Youth Foundation in 2000. In June, The Players – a golf tournament associated with the PGA Tour – gave it a $500,000 grant, which will help the Foundation open a teen center and double the number of students it serves. In addition to tennis lessons, the program provides etiquette classes to students who otherwise might not know how to shake hands, time management and social skills, and more. Washington “has invested infrastructure, time and resources in youth in the most underserved area to have a better life,” Jared Rice, executive director of The Players, told Jacksonville.com. “That’s very powerful.”

He got into trouble for fighting as a kid. Now his boxing program is helping students stay on the right path, CNN

After becoming the National Collegiate Boxing Champion in 2009, spending two years with Teach for America, and earning a master’s degree in secondary education, Jamyle Cannon founded The Bloc, a nonprofit afterschool program. The co-ed program has helped more than 300 students in three Chicago schools by providing homework help, mentors, trips to farmers’ markets, and visits to colleges. The program has a 100 percent high school graduation and college acceptance rate. ““Homework always comes first. There is mandatory study time. We have one-on-one tutoring. We push them academically, help them out socially, and are a resource for them in all the other areas of their lives,” Cannon told CNN. Cannon was named a CNN Hero for this work.

Learning about nature is hands-on at Reed Creek, Augusta Chronicle (Georgia)

Students of all ages are enjoying educational, fun activities at the Reed Creek Nature Park and Interpretive Center in Martinez, Georgia this summer. They include “simply science” Fridays, when students learn about cells, acids and bases; nocturnal Thursdays, when students come at 8 pm to study owls, frogs and insects that emerge after dark; and skills-building activities, that include collecting water samples to measure pH levels and check for macroinvertebrates. “I want to be a zoologist,” Paisley Jones, a middle school student, told the Augusta Chronicle after finishing camp at Reed Creek. The Center offers afterschool programs during the school year but expands its programming during the summer months.

Kids & Company offers program for children's minds and bodies, NonpareilOnline.com (Iowa)

To combat summer learning loss, promote reading at home and address food insecurity, Kids & Company has begun a Read and Feed program at three of its summer learning sites – two elementary schools and one middle school. Each Friday, students in the program select two free books to take home; they are also given a meal and snack pack for the weekend. Food Bank for the Heartland provides the backpacks with food and most of the books are donated. Kids & Co. Program Director Greg Smith said, “We had about 5,500 books donated this year, which is crazy!” The Read and Feed program complements the school district’s work to improve reading proficiency for its students.

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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...

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