LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
A Summer of Career Exploration in the Gate City, New Hampshire Union Leader (New Hampshire)
Woodworking, cosmetology and culinary arts are among the career paths middle school students are exploring this summer at the Power Scholars Academy in Nashua, New Hampshire. The program is a collaboration between the YMCA of Greater Nashua and Building Educated Leaders for Life, and it aims to prevent summer learning loss and destigmatize technical occupations. More than 400 students participated in projects such as building wooden toolboxes, dyeing mannequins’ hair and making ice cream. “Many of these students have not had an opportunity to shine in this way in a typical classroom,” guidance counselor Joe Miller told the New Hampshire Union Leader. “This camp gives them a chance to showcase what they can do outside of the classroom. At the end of the day, they are so proud of themselves.”
How this Durham Summer Camp is Helping Refugee Children, One Talking Stick at a Time, The Herald Sun (North Carolina)
The World Relief Durham summer learning program in North Carolina serves nearly 150 students, all of whom are refugees, with tutoring in English and math, halal meals, games and more. The five-week, tuition-free program uses structured discussions featuring a ‘talking stick’ to help children develop their English skills, process traumatic experiences and build relationships with each other and staff, some of whom are refugees themselves. “It’s not just like school, but we do want to re-frame (and reduce) summer learning loss,” Coordinator Rob Callus told the Herald Sun. “You do see them shaping into leaders.”
Thrive360 Summer Program Uses Fitness, Character Development to Help Youths, Longview News-Journal (Texas)
Each day at the Thrive360 summer learning program in Longview, Texas, approximately 50 middle school students play sports, learn about fitness fundamentals, and engage in a discussion about life skills. The faith-based program provides breakfast and lunch and will continue as an afterschool program in the fall. A key focus is helping students develop a positive self-concept through relationships with volunteers. “We’re trying to impress upon the kids that every decision matters in some way,” Jonathan Jehorek, founding director, told the Longview News-Journal. “It matters for good or for not good; it either takes you toward your aim or not toward your aim. Everything has a consequence, no matter how small it is.”
How Daily Meditation Helps Kids from Some of the Toughest Fort Myers Neighborhoods, Fort Myers News-Press (Florida)
At the beginning of each session in the Quality Life Center afterschool and summer program in Fort Myers, Florida, students spend around five minutes sitting cross-legged with their eyes closed, breathing deeply and slowly, and repeating positive affirmations. The program, which serves more than 300 children, has incorporated daily meditation for the past 15 years to help students cope with trauma and build resilience. “It helps me when I have a bad day. Sometimes like people hit me and I’m tempted to hit them back, like my brother or my cousin... If people make fun of me, I get angry or I get sad sometimes,” nine-year-old Reanna Ducasse told the Fort Myers News-Press. During meditation “the feelings, they kind of fade away, like I don’t really feel them anymore. I feel calm, and a little bit happy.”
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...
ACPS’s Summer Learning Classes Aid Coronavirus Learning Slump, Local DVM (Virginia)
This summer, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) in Virginia are offering free virtual summer learning...
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...
Boys & Girls Club Delivers Camp For Kids, New Haven Independent (Connecticut)
This week, about 60 students ages five to 14 started a six-week summer learning camp at the Boys & Girls Club...
Learning Center to Have At-Home Learning Sessions, Meadeville Tribune (Pennsylvania)
Each Monday through Thursday in July, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mentoring Program in Meadeville,...
JCPS' New Summer School Program Offers Virtual Adventures, Big-Ticket Prizes, Courier Journal (Kentucky)
Through the Jefferson County Public Schools’ online “Summer League”...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 11/21/18
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...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/18/18
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...
BY: Emily Hecker 06/20/18
Free Camps Help Level Playing Field for Future US Soccer Stars, Voice of America
In Washington, D.C., a free soccer program provides a safe community, mentoring relationships, and quality sports education to low-income students. DC Scores reaches approximately 3,000 third- to eighth-grade...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/01/18
Ten Significant Accomplishments of the African Community Learning Program in 2018, The Philadelphia Sunday Sun (Pennsylvania)
University of Pennsylvania senior Aminata Sy founded the African Community Learning Program in October 2017 to inspire academic achievement among 1st to 8th grade...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/09/19
Making a model of Math Corps
In Detroit, Michigan, the Math Corps academic and mentoring program is looking to expand to Detroit public schools, several new states and potentially two West African countries. In its 26-year-history, Math Corps has reached approximately 3,000 low-income students...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/08/18