LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
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.
Dance Program Sparks Joy While Teaching Cultural Diversity, WABC-TV (New York)
Students at the Dance to Unite afterschool programs learn about various cultures through the art of dance. The...
Lessons, Outdoor Games and Knitting: About 3,200 Students Kick Off Summer at Camp Accelerate, Daily Advertiser (Louisiana)
Thanks to funding from 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Title I,...
GA Boys & Girls Clubs Awarded $15M Grant, WALB-TV (Georgia)
Thanks to a $15 million grant from the Georgia Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund, the Boys & Girls Clubs...
Michigan Science Center Brings Traveling Science Program Back To Metro Detroit, WWJ-TV (Michigan)
Thanks to financial support from Aramco Americas, the Michigan Science Center will once again...
New Website Helps Parents Find Summer Learning Opportunities for Children, Maui Now (Hawaii)
To assist parents with their search for available summer learning programs, the Hawai’i...
Leon County Schools Invests $1.5M in Summer Programs to Prevent ‘COVID Slide,’ WCTV (Florida)
Throughout June and July, students in Leon County, Florida will have the opportunity to...
Community Stepped Up When the Going Got Tough, Sandusky Register (Ohio)
When the pandemic hit, the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio immediately got to work to ensure students’ academic, physical and emotional needs were met. The Club partnered with Sandusky City Schools to...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/24/21
Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Unified School District Present Encore of BRAVO! Program, Noozhawk (California)
Through an ongoing collaboration with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) has continued to provide a free afterschool program to...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/17/21
A New Mural Was Created By Children And Artist At Reddick Elementary School In Wimauma, Osprey Observer (Florida)
Students from migrant families in the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida spent four weeks creating a mural promoting kindness at a nearby...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/10/21
Thousands of Dallas Children Are in Need of After-School Care, Survey Finds, The Dallas Morning News (Texas)
The America After 3PM survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance found that more than 101,000 children in Dallas, Texas aren’t in afterschool programs, but would be if a...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/03/21
MSCR Cares Program at Henderson Elementary Supports Students Indoors and Out, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin)
At Madison School and Community Recreation Cares sites in Madison, Wisconsin, about 650 elementary students spend their mornings doing remote learning with the support of trained...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/27/21
More Than Just an Afterschool Program: Española Nonprofit Plans for Expansion, KRQE (New Mexico)
Thanks to a $100,000 matching grant from the Thoma Art Foundation, Moving Arts Española will soon open a teen center where middle and high school students can access career...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/19/21
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 providing in-person programming for students each afternoon. The program provides enrichment activities and...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/13/21
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 200 girls explore engineering, science, and agriculture, reflect on song lyrics, journal, learn about...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/06/21
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 that more than 400,000 children in Indiana cannot access the afterschool programs they need....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/23/20
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 participation in 2009, the 2020 America After 3 PM report shows unmet demand for afterschool has...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/16/20
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