LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
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 Bricks 4 Kidz use the LEGOs® to build ever-more-complicated designs, making friends along the way. Marisa Wilkins, mother of seven-year-old Landon, a participant in the program, told The Bakersfield Californian, “He has become a whole new child. He's confident, has friends now and has improved dramatically academically; he is almost completely caught up grade level-wise and is excelling in math and science subjects because of Bricks 4 Kidz.”
Brain Gain Program Keeps Learning Alive During Summer (The Newnan Times Herald, Georgia)
In Newnan-Cowetta, the Boys & Girls Club’s summer learning program is in full swing. In 2013, the club introduced Brain Gain, its new summer learning initiative, to combat what some refer to as the “summer slide” – when children lose months of academic skills while school is out. In Summer Brain Gain, low-income students are taught one-week modules designed to mirror Common Core education standards in subjects including literacy, science and math. “I feel like (the Boys and Girls Club) can be the liaison to help children learn in the summer, so that they can be successful in life,” Tyler Reid, teen instructor for the Boys and Girls Club of Newnan-Coweta, told The Newnan Times Herald.
Life Lab Grows Gardeners Through ‘The Power of Garden-Based Learning’ (Santa Cruz Sentinel, California)
In Santa Cruz County, California, the nonprofit Life Labs has cultivated gardens for several schools to use for garden-based learning. A Life Lab is a place where students can marry their academic and practical knowledge to cultivate plants for their school while learning about science, nature and the environment in a real-life setting. As John Fisher, director of program and partnerships for Life Lab Science Program told the Santa Cruz Sentinel, “Being in an outdoor setting and outdoor classroom can open up kids in ways that we never expect.”
Sustenance: Four Food Establishments Dish Up Affordable Food for Summer School (West Hawaii Today, Hawaii)
Restaurant owners in West Hawaii have banded together to provide more affordable meals to children in the From Mauka to Makai summer school program. Funded in part by a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, the program is open to children across the islands – but the grants could not be used to pay for food for the children as well. So program organizers approached local establishments to resolve the issue, and many restaurants were happy to help by providing healthy, inexpensive meals for the children. “These lunches are way better than the school I go to. The food seems fresher and there are more choices,” Mistee Beaudet, a sixth grader, told West Hawaii Today.
YMCA gives kids ‘a dose of normal,’ Martha’s Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
To help students overcome isolation and disconnection, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is...
Girls Inc. Takes Creative Approach to Programming During COVID-19, The Daily Times (Tennessee)
At the in-person and virtual afterschool programs run by Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, about...
Lack Of Afterschool Program Access In Indiana Could Impact Education, Economic Recovery, WBAA (Georgia)
A recent household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance, America After 3PM, found...
Column: Hawaii Behind on Afterschool Programs, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Hawaii)
Although data from the household survey America After 3 PM showed Hawaii was a national leader in afterschool...
Survey: Afterschool Participation Drops to Lowest Rate Since 2009, As Providers Seek Funding for Students During Pandemic, The 74 Million
Data from America After 3PM, a household survey...
The Bridge Teen Center Celebrates 10,000 Students!, Patch (Illinois)
The Bridge Teen Center in Orland Park, Illinois is celebrating the milestone of serving 10,000 students in the decade since it...
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