Weekly Media Roundup: July 3, 2024


Weekly Media Roundup: July 3, 2024

Inside a Summer Learning Camp With an Uncertain Future After ESSER, Education Week

More than 1,400 students are participating in Grizzly Learning Camp, a free, seven-week summer learning program run by Ypsilanti Community Schools in Michigan. It uses project-based learning – including poetry slams and studies of invasive plant species – to provide academic support to students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. “We call it camp instead of school,” Ypsilanti School Superintendent Alena Zachery-Ross told Education Week. “That’s intentional. With this program, we’re closing the learning gap… But with funding going away, we’ll have to balance this with competing needs that we have during the school year. That’s the challenge.”

To Help Migrant Students, Westminster Created a Summer Program for English Language Learners, Chalkbeat Colorado (Colorado)

In response to an influx of immigrant students in the county, the Westminster Public School District is providing English as a second language summer school to help English learners in kindergarten through 11th grade prepare for the upcoming school year. “We’re really trying to target language that they can use immediately inside the community,” Kate Herter, Westminster summer school principal, told Chalkbeat Colorado. Each week, English language learners focus on topics, including food, U.S. currency, local weather, and sports, in a supportive, encouraging environment.

Boys & Girls Club of Harlem Faces Possible After-School Program Closures, CBS News (New York)

Some 2,200 kindergarten through 12th grade students rely on the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem for a range of social and academic support, including the Advantage Afterschool Program offered at five public schools and the Club itself. But the program’s future is at risk now that the state has announced an end to pandemic-era afterschool funding. “We are determined to keep it open,” Club CEO Sharon Joseph told CBS News. “The dollar that we spend today will reap $3 in terms of our ROI. However, if we wait until later, it's going to cost us $8 in all the social programs that we'll have to put these kids through.” The Club hopes to find 700 donors to pledge $1,000 each to keep the program open.

Tallahassee Nonprofit Encourages Young Girls to ‘Dare to Dream,’ Tallahassee Democrat (Florida)

At the Dare to Dream summer program in Tallahassee, Florida, girls ages seven to 11 are learning fashion design, culinary skills, wellness and self-care techniques, and more while exploring local attractions, including the Jacksonville Zoo and the Butterfly rainforest in Gainesville. “There are some things young girls have never experienced and may not ever, so here at Dare to Dream, we open that door for these girls,” Founder Kimolyn Ferrell told the Tallahassee Democrat. For the past 19 years, Dare to Dream has offered afterschool programs, workshops and summer programs to young girls while encouraging former students to return as counselors and mentors.

Weekly Media Roundup: May 15, 2024

This Affordable Housing Project Wasn’t Going to Happen – And Then an Unlikely Partnership Formed, Fast Company By teaming up with a new affordable housing development, the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle in New York doubled the size of its facility to 22,000 feet. The new...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/15/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 8, 2024

After-School Programs Expect to Scale Down with Pandemic Aid Ending, K-12 Dive In a new Afterschool Alliance survey of more than 8,800 afterschool programs, about 4 out of 5 providers said they were concerned about children in their communities who need afterschool not having it, and the vast...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/08/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 1, 2024

A Clovis Mother Identifies a Critical Need: More After-School Child Care, The Fresno Bee (California) In a recent guest column for the Fresno Bee, Noha Elbaz shared how post-pandemic staffing shortages at afterschool programs have impacted her family. Before COVID, her family benefited from...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/01/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 24, 2024

Nonprofit Gives Penn Hills Kids a Safe Place to Gather After School, KDKA News (Pennsylvania) At the Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens afterschool program in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, students conduct science experiments, play indoor and outdoor sports, and are paired with adult mentors who...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/24/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 17, 2024

The CARE Center Collecting Snacks, Books for Upcoming Summer Learning Program, WHNT (Alabama) In preparation for its summer learning program, the CARE Center in Huntsville, Alabama is hosting a food and book drive so each of the 300 students participating in its summer program will receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/17/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 10, 2024

Detroit Kids Dance Through School Work at After-School Program, CBS News Detroit (Michigan) At the Let’s Dance afterschool program at Detroit’s Dufree Innovation Society, students work with teaching artists on dance routines with academic concepts built in. Afterward, the same...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/11/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 3, 2024

At IPS School 43, Teaching Kids to Read is a Community Effort, WISH-TV (Indiana) At the Martin Luther King Community Center’s afterschool program in Indianapolis, Indiana, elementary school students are paired with mentors who encourage them to read through a variety of engaging...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/03/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 27, 2024

The Opp Helps Mr. Calloway’s Students Thrive, Tulsa Kids (Oklahoma) Thanks to support from The Opportunity Project, students at the Culinary Arts afterschool program at East Central Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma are practicing cooking techniques while also learning about budgeting and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/27/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 20, 2024

Matthew McConaughey and ASU Are Helping an Arizona School District. Here's How, Arizona Republic (Arizona) Matthew McConaughey and Arizona State University (ASU) have teamed up to help a Phoenix-area school district apply for federal afterschool funding included in the Bipartisan Safer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/20/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 13, 2024

English Learners Stopped Coming to Class During the Pandemic. One Group is Tackling the Problem By Helping Their Parents, Hechinger Report In North Carolina, nearly one third of English language learning students were chronically absent last year, a rate significantly higher than the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/13/24