LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
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 students engaged online. Nearly 200 students regularly join virtual music lessons through the Youth Arts Academy via Zoom, and the Clubs’ swim and basketball team members are learning about sports psychology and participating in virtual workouts. Students can also access homework assistance from staff online. “We wanted to give our youth something to look forward to, and make sure we all stayed connected. So, we asked our staff to come up with as many out-of-the-box ideas as they could think of. The result has been truly impressive,” Marineke Vandervort told the Encinitas Advocate.
Las Cruces Summer Camp Goes Online, KRWG (New Mexico)
New Mexico State University’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Outreach Center will hold free online summer learning programs through the month of June to help spark middle school students’ interest in these subjects. Using materials provided by the center, students will build rockets, complete photography challenges, design catapults, explore botany with biologists, virtually visit NMSU’s labs, and more. “Camps are funded through local and state grants that provide out-of-school time programs to K-12 students,” KRWG reports.
New Dimensions School Partners with YMCA for Summer Camp, The News Herald (North Carolina)
This summer, students at the New Dimension Charter School in Morganton, North Carolina will benefit from a robust summer learning camp facilitated by the YMCA of Catawba Valley. The camp will feature outdoor, socially-distanced fun activities as well as tutoring from certified teachers to help prevent learning loss. Precautions will be in place due to the pandemic, such as a reduced staff-to-camper ratio and extra sanitation protocols. The partnership “will create unique camp experience for children that will be filled with outdoor and wilderness adventures, healthy fun, creativity, friendships and lasting memories,” Paxton Tallent, executive director of the Hickory Foundation YMCA, told the News Herald.
TN Tutoring Corps, Boys & Girls Club to Fight ‘Summer Slide’, News Channel 11 (Tennessee)
College students throughout Tennessee will provide small-group tutoring at Boys & Girls Clubs and other youth development organizations through the new Tennessee Tutoring Corps. A project of the Bill and Crissy Haslam Foundation, Corps members will work with students in kindergarten through sixth grade on math and English language arts for seven to eight weeks. “It is fascinating to know that even in a pandemic, partnerships can be made, and what an awesome opportunity for addressing an issue which has always been there – summer learning loss – and partnering [with] people who want to tutor and can tutor, with staff that know how to direct that, with kids that need to use that,” Robin Crumley, President and CEO of the Johnson City/Washington County Boys & Girls Club, told News Channel 11.
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...
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,...
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