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Weekly Media Roundup: June 24, 2020

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Weekly Media Roundup: June 24, 2020

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 sharp by completing up to six week-long ‘adventures’ online. Students will choose from more than 120 adventures including researching old video games, creating podcasts, playing fun math games, learning about the Black Lives Matter movement, exploring the Australian outback, creating art about social issues, and others. As students complete adventures, they will earn points, and students with the most points will receive prizes. Teachers will be available to help during virtual office hours. “Our hope is that kids get excited about this and want to log-on and talk to the teacher and ask questions,” Staci Eddleman, director of federal and state programs for the district, told the Courier Journal.

YMCA of Greater Brandywine’s Power Scholars Academy Goes Virtual, Daily Local News (Pennsylvania)

This summer, elementary school students in Chester County, Pennsylvania will benefit from robust summer learning programming from the YMCA of Greater Brandywine (YGBW). The virtual “Power Scholars Academy” will include music classes, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities, virtual field trips, small group reading, writing and math instruction, and more. “The Power Scholars program is an incredible opportunity for youth in Chester County who need to build a stronger foundation in reading and math,” Marissa Caldwell, site director for YGBW’s Power Scholars Academy, told the Daily Local News. “Studies show 75 percent of youth who participate in this program across the nation maintain or gain reading and math skills through the course of the summer.”

ODU Holding Free Virtual STEM Camp for High School, College Students, WCYB-TV (Viriginia)

Teens in Norfolk, Virginia and across the world can explore Python coding, astrophysics, artificial intelligence, forensic entomology, and other STEM subjects this summer through the Remote Experience for Young Engineers and Scientists (REYES) held by Old Dominion University.  The free virtual summer learning program is designed to help young people explore their interests in STEM while maintaining social distancing.  “Because of the pandemic, many high school and college students had to cancel their summer learning plans,” co-chair Raul Briceño told WCYB-TV. “The REYES program provides students with the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research and technology directly from some of the leading scientists and engineers in their fields.”

After School Online Programs Keeping Students Active in New York City, ABC 7 News (New York)

Since schools and afterschool programs closed due the coronavirus, the “Play Study Win” afterschool program in New York City has reached hundreds of middle schoolers with online programming. Each weekday, students have created podcasts about social issues, gained acting skills through Zoom rehearsals, continued basketball class online and more. “I think that connection with the staff and kids was absolutely the reason why our kids kept logging on consistently,” Program Supervisor Kieran Burns told ABC 7 News.

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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,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/10/20

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/27/20

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/13/20

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/06/20

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/08/20