LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
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. “This is fantastic. You are doing a lot of stuff that teachers used to be able to do during the school day,” she told the staff during her visit. According to North Country This Week, the program offers students homework help, healthy snacks and a variety of clubs that focus on students’ interests. Funded by the Empire State After-School Program Grant, the program boasts clubs that focus on STEM subjects, journalism, boating, literature, cooking, wellness and many more subjects the children enjoy.
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps Celebrates 25 Years of Connecting Youth with The Outdoors (Steamboat Pilot & Today, Colorado)
In Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps afterschool and summer program has nature on the curriculum. Participants’ ages range from as young as 11 to as old as 25, and activities range from more traditional educational programming to programs with a larger civic engagement component. Participants even get to work with federal agencies such as the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service. “I can't think of an organization that has accomplished so much as the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps,” RMYC Board chairman Margi Briggs-Casson told the Steamboat Pilot & Today.
Capitol Music Group Graduates Inaugural Bonus Tracks Class (Billboard)
The large record label Capitol Music Group recently launched Bonus Tracks, a 10-week afterschool program in Dominguez High School in Compton, California. The program aims to introduce students to the excitement of working in the music industry in general and specifically at a record label. “Students’ passion for learning about the industry translated into a real commitment to the program,” Brian Nolan, senior vice president of Capitol’s sync licensing and brand partnerships department seventeenfifty, told Billboard. Funded by big-name artists such as Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar, the program gave underprivileged students in the school district a unique platform to break into the industry and develop a passion for production.
Tanner Students Explore Geology at Summer Camp (News Courier, Alabama)
At Tanner Elementary School in Athens, Alabama, summer campers recently got the opportunity to learn about geology from Dawn Hagood, a local gemologist. She taught the children how to identify gemstones that they find, what their birthstones were and how the gems are made into rings and other jewelry. Throughout the rest of the camp, which is funded by a federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, the children will also be able to explore Cathedral Caverns and put their newfound gem knowledge to use. As fifth-grader Jason Novalis told the News Courier, “[Gemology is] something I had never heard of. But, now that I know what a gemologist does, it seems like something I could get into.”
WCU Receives Grant to Improve Skills of Children Who Are English Language Learners, The News Herald (North Carolina)
Thanks to 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding, children who are...
Pacific Building Group Tops Out New Access Youth Academy Building, Times of San Diego (California)
Next year, more than 1,300 students will be able to access comprehensive afterschool programming...
Mighty Writers Awarded Longwood Grant, Chadds Ford Live (Pennsylvania)
When schools and programs closed due to the pandemic in March, the Mighty Writers afterschool program in Philadelphia,...
Hampton After-School Program Gets a STEM Boost from Flying Classroom, The Daily Press (Virginia)
Eleven afterschool programs in Hampton, Virginia funded by the 21st Century Community Learning...
Esther Elonga: Afterschool Programs Even More Important During a Pandemic, New Hampshire Union Leader (New Hampshire)
When Esther Elonga came to the United States as a refugee at the age of 16,...
Boys & Girls Club of St. Marys Still Offering After-School Programs, Courier Express (Pennsylvania)
At the Boys and Girls Club of St. Marys afterschool program in St. Marys, Pennsylvania,...
Where Atlanta Parents Turn When Children Can’t Do Online School at Home, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)
Afterschool providers throughout Atlanta, Georgia are stepping up to provide safe, supportive environments for students to do distance learning while their parents are...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/26/20
After-School Programs Adjusting to COVID-19 Challenges, Live 5 News (South Carolina)
Several organizations in Charleston, South Carolina are finding creative ways to support students as the start of a new school year approaches. For example, the Metanoia Youth Leadership Academy will offer...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/19/20
Safe Spaces: Back-To-School Options For Cleveland's Working Parents, Idea Stream (Ohio)
This fall, when Cleveland schools open remotely, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio is planning to serve more than 500 students with enriching all-day, in-person programming. To do so, the Club...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/12/20
The After School All Stars Program Provides Support for Both Students and Parents, WSFL-TV (Florida)
When schools closed due the pandemic, After School All Stars (ASAS) quickly found ways to support students and families remotely, first with a virtual afterschool program and then with a virtual...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/05/20
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...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/29/20
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 classes to all students to keep them engaged, academically enriched, and connected to one another....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/22/20
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 pandemic, the Hoops and Homework afterschool program quickly pivoted to supporting students through...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/15/20
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 of New Haven in Connecticut. Students are divided into small pods, wearing masks and practicing...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/08/20
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, Pennsylvania will hold interactive, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lessons online....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/01/20
JCPS' New Summer School Program Offers Virtual Adventures, Big-Ticket Prizes, Courier Journal (Kentucky)
Through the Jefferson County Public Schools’ online “Summer League” program, students in Louisville, Kentucky can explore new interests and keep their academic skills...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 06/24/20
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
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
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
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