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Weekly Media Roundup: March 14, 2018

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Weekly Media Roundup: March 14, 2018

Mobile Community Center Heads to Troubled Neighborhood; High Hopes for After-School Care (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas)

The Las Vegas Trail Revitalization Project and Catholic Charities of Fort Worth will hopefully be opening a brick-and-mortar community center later this year; until then, an RV will roam around the area to offer the community essential social services and resources. “This lets the community know this community center is going to happen,” Councilman Brian Byrd told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “This is Step 1 of that becoming a reality.” One of the center’s most essential offerings will be afterschool care for underserved children in the area, approximately three-quarters of whom do not currently have access to afterschool programs.

Stamford Cops’ Basketball League for Kids Helps Form Early Relationships with Law Enforcement (Stamford Advocate, Connecticut)

For 20 years, the Stamford City Police Department has been building positive relationships with students through an afterschool basketball program. Some 200 youths participate in the Mighty Might League, which is cosponsored by Trailblazers Academy and the Chester Addison Community Center. “It keeps kids active and gives them something to do and keeps them off the streets,” Officer Jerry Junes told the Stamford Advocate. “…. Officers involved get to know people from all over town. And the kids don’t see us as cops – they see us as friends.”

FCA Hosts Middle School Girls to Learn Networking, Augmented Reality (Oakland Press News, Michigan)

Middle school students from the GET IT Girls (Girls Exploring Together Information Technology) afterschool program worked with FCA US employees on hands-on STEM activities at an all-day technology festival last week. The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation made the day happen for 75 girls, who had a chance to work everything from augmented reality to the CAN-bus networking used to program cars. “I find it so enriching to bring a program like this here, it’s so fulfilling to be giving back,” Paulette Ozga, senior manager of ICT risk management and compliance at FCA US, told the Oakland Press News. “They give us a new way of looking at things, it’s fun for us too.”

Art Blooms on Both Sides of the Border (Sierra Vista Herald Review, Arizona)

Children from the U.S. and Mexico are exploring the arts together at Studio Mariposa. The studio – which is in Naco, Sonora, Mexico – offers a free afterschool program twice a week for students living on both sides of the border that includes music, weaving, finger-painting and other creative activities. Some 50 to 100 children participate in each session. “The whole premise is empowering kids on this side of the border,” Gretchen Baer, who started the program, told the Herald Review. “The more negative press that goes out about the border, the more we want to show how wonderful it is here and how great the kids are.”

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