Weekly Media Roundup: June 5, 2024


Weekly Media Roundup: June 5, 2024

Pandemic Aid for Schools is Ending Soon. Many After-School Programs May Go With It, NPR

A recent Afterschool Alliance analysis found that 4 million additional students were able to access afterschool program thanks to Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. But as those funds expire this fall, many of those students may lose access. For example, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, out-of-school time nonprofit The Opp will need to scale back its support for 450 afterschool programs to just 75. Afterschool Alliance Senior Vice President for Policy Erik Peterson told NPR that funding for afterschool programs is important because programs help students develop communication, problem solving, and conflict resolution, which “employers look for in terms of so-called ‘21st-century skills’ or workforce skills, but also really the skills just anyone needs to be successful — both in school, but really, in life.”

HOMETOWN HERO: Delray Beach Nonprofit Dedicated to Helping Children Learn to Read, CBS 12 News (Florida)

At the Roots and Wings’ Project Uplift afterschool program in Delray Beach, Florida, third graders work closely with reading specialists to improve their reading skills. “We think the secret to the success of the program is that it's after school,” Roots and Wings founder Ted Hoskinson told CBS 12 News. “It’s in school, a safe place for the kids, taught by the teachers who know them best.” The afterschool program serves more than 1,000 students in 13 Palm Beach County elementary schools.

Iowa After School Program Empowers Young Girls Through Photography, KCCI (Iowa)

In Des Moines, Iowa, girls at the Butterfly Effect afterschool program are learning how to use a real camera, not a cellphone, to frame and capture pictures. “Get them away from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, you know, instant gratification, into a more thoughtful, artistic way to view the world,” local photographer Dan Troxell told KCCI. Troxell is partnering with the afterschool program, sharing his 200 cameras with the students and teaching them how to develop film and capture moments through a different lens.

After-School Care is Critical to Michigan’s Future Success, Leaders Say, Michigan Advance (Michigan)

At the Detroit Regional Chamber’s recent Mackinac Policy Conference, a panel of community leaders shared how afterschool programs enable parents to work, develop students as leaders, and strengthen communities. Panelists pointed to the need for more sustainable funding to scale investments, so all young people have access to opportunities after school. “I think we’re having a moment where we’re shifting the discussion from ‘That’s a family responsibility’ or ‘That’s a community only responsibility’ to saying, ‘Actually, this is infrastructure that matters intensely for the goals that we have as a state, for our talent goals,’” Michelle Richard, Acting Director of Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential, told Michigan Advance.

Weekly Media Roundup: May 15, 2024

This Affordable Housing Project Wasn’t Going to Happen – And Then an Unlikely Partnership Formed, Fast Company By teaming up with a new affordable housing development, the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle in New York doubled the size of its facility to 22,000 feet. The new...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/15/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 8, 2024

After-School Programs Expect to Scale Down with Pandemic Aid Ending, K-12 Dive In a new Afterschool Alliance survey of more than 8,800 afterschool programs, about 4 out of 5 providers said they were concerned about children in their communities who need afterschool not having it, and the vast...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/08/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 1, 2024

A Clovis Mother Identifies a Critical Need: More After-School Child Care, The Fresno Bee (California) In a recent guest column for the Fresno Bee, Noha Elbaz shared how post-pandemic staffing shortages at afterschool programs have impacted her family. Before COVID, her family benefited from...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/01/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 24, 2024

Nonprofit Gives Penn Hills Kids a Safe Place to Gather After School, KDKA News (Pennsylvania) At the Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens afterschool program in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, students conduct science experiments, play indoor and outdoor sports, and are paired with adult mentors who...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/24/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 17, 2024

The CARE Center Collecting Snacks, Books for Upcoming Summer Learning Program, WHNT (Alabama) In preparation for its summer learning program, the CARE Center in Huntsville, Alabama is hosting a food and book drive so each of the 300 students participating in its summer program will receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/17/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 10, 2024

Detroit Kids Dance Through School Work at After-School Program, CBS News Detroit (Michigan) At the Let’s Dance afterschool program at Detroit’s Dufree Innovation Society, students work with teaching artists on dance routines with academic concepts built in. Afterward, the same...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/11/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 3, 2024

At IPS School 43, Teaching Kids to Read is a Community Effort, WISH-TV (Indiana) At the Martin Luther King Community Center’s afterschool program in Indianapolis, Indiana, elementary school students are paired with mentors who encourage them to read through a variety of engaging...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/03/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 27, 2024

The Opp Helps Mr. Calloway’s Students Thrive, Tulsa Kids (Oklahoma) Thanks to support from The Opportunity Project, students at the Culinary Arts afterschool program at East Central Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma are practicing cooking techniques while also learning about budgeting and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/27/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 20, 2024

Matthew McConaughey and ASU Are Helping an Arizona School District. Here's How, Arizona Republic (Arizona) Matthew McConaughey and Arizona State University (ASU) have teamed up to help a Phoenix-area school district apply for federal afterschool funding included in the Bipartisan Safer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/20/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 13, 2024

English Learners Stopped Coming to Class During the Pandemic. One Group is Tackling the Problem By Helping Their Parents, Hechinger Report In North Carolina, nearly one third of English language learning students were chronically absent last year, a rate significantly higher than the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/13/24