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Weekly Media Roundup: March 11, 2020

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Weekly Media Roundup: March 11, 2020

IPlay Gives San Antonio Kids a Safe Place to Play and Learn After School, KENS 5 (Texas)

At iPlay afterschool programs in San Antonio, Texas, students can play basketball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, run track, get academic support and more. Fifty-eight elementary schools in and around San Antonio offer the program, which focuses on life skills and teamwork. “I get out of work at 5:30pm and they are here and taken care of, and fed their snack, and they are doing homework,” parent Maria Lozano told KENS 5. “They are taking care of everything. Educational, physically, mentally, and all that good stuff. My favorite part is they get to do homework and I don’t have to do it at home with them.”

As STEAM Students Apply Skills, They Learn They Are Part of Something Bigger, The Sharon Herald (Pennsylvania)

Last week, about 150 middle schoolers from eight afterschool STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) academies in Mercer County, Pennsylvania displayed their projects at a Mardi Gras celebration. Funded through a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, these programs offer a wide variety of activities with an emphasis on STEAM, including robotics, sewing, cooking, coding and more. “I think it helps students think about what they want to be when they grow up,” instructor Lexi Banic told the Sharon Herald.

Supporting the Children of Local Farm Workers, Fox 4 Now (Florida)

At the Gargiulo Education Center afterschool program in Naples, Florida, nearly 70 students access academic support, theater, music, arts education, mental health services and more. Staff members use a social-emotional learning program called “SMART (Serenity, Meditation, Awareness, Respect and Trust): Building Emotional Intelligence” to embed mental health education into all program activities, which range from financial literacy to entrepreneurship to character development. Many of the program’s students are children of farmworkers whose parents must travel long distances to their jobs. “Their parents are working in the fields and in the factory. They’re bussed out to Immokalee every day. So the kids come here as opposed to going to an empty house,” Executive Director Mary Asta told Fox 4 Now.

Reclaiming Our Resettlement, Chicago Reader (Illinois)

Through homework help, play, English as a second language education, and art, the Syrian Community Network afterschool program in Chicago, Illinois helps Syrian refugee students in kindergarten through sixth grade develop their voices, explore their identities, and cope with the challenges of resettlement. The program offers art education using watercolor, drawing, flower cutouts, salt and more. “The Chicago chapter’s afterschool program supports students in overcoming the barriers that come with the experience of refugee resettlement, including language, social isolation, poverty, acculturation, and navigating a new school system,” the Chicago Reader reported.

Weekly Media Roundup: June 10, 2020

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