Weekly Media Roundup: March 15, 2023


Weekly Media Roundup: March 15, 2023

Youth Invited to Reimagine Sioux Falls with City Build 2040 Event, Dakota News Now (South Dakota)

Elementary schoolers attending the South Dakota Afterschool Network’s two-day City Build 2040 event in Sioux Falls will work with local experts to create models that showcase their vision for Sioux Falls in 2040. The students will incorporate recyclable materials into their designs and examine the impact climate change and community needs have on city planning. “Creating opportunities like City Build where youth are given a voice and access to real-world examples of people who are carrying out this kind of work is an important element to introducing career opportunities and challenging young minds with hands-on experiences,” Billy Mawhiney, executive director of the South Dakota Afterschool Network and an Afterschool Alliance Afterschool Ambassador, told Dakota News Now. “Afterschool programs provide an ideal environment to let kids really dive in and explore new concepts in a meaningful way.”

Can a New, $400K Youth Training Program Turn Century from 'Forgotten' to 'Unforgettable'? Pensacola News Journal (Florida)

Thanks to a $400,000 grant from the Escambia County Children’s Trust, the Urban Development Center in Century, Florida will open a new afterschool program focusing on career development, workforce readiness and entrepreneurial opportunities. YouthFirst Century will provide technology courses, job training and mental health support to students ages 11 to 18. “We’re teaching people how to be self-sufficient from the time that they’re children and get them to start dreaming and seeing their capability and understanding that competency does build confidence,” the Urban Development Center’s Jessica Griffen told the Pensacola News Journal.

$500K in Grants Available for Howard County After-School Programs, WBAL-TV (Maryland)

Last week, officials with Howard County in Maryland announced $500,000 in new grants for out-of-school time programs to support students’ mental health in the wake of the pandemic. The grants will be awarded to nonprofit programs serving students ages 10-18 and can be used to strengthen existing programming or create new programs. “Young people, you deserve support and for the root causes of the issues to be addressed. You deserve mental health supports and trauma-informed and healing-centered approaches. You deserve safe spaces to go after school…. You deserve grace, especially after what we all have gone through after the last three years," Columbia Community Care’s Erica Stauss Chavarria told WBAL-TV.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford Show Their Work in STEAM Program, WTNH-TV (Connecticut)

Students from the Greater Hartford Boys & Girls Clubs afterschool program visited Makerspace Connecticut last Thursday to take part in hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) activities and display their STEAM creations. The students recently won first place in a STEAM competition that included five Boys & Girls Clubs from across the country. “This is a way that our young people can showcase the work,” Greater Hartford Boys & Girls Clubs CEO and President Sam Gray told WTNH-TV. “Whether it be through robotics, coding — all those different disciplines. Tonight … the kids had the opportunity to show off to their families, as well.”

Weekly Media Roundup: February 15, 2023

US Education Chief Visits Jackson Touting ARPA-Funded Out-of-School Programs, WAPT-TV (Mississippi) This week, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited the afterschool program at Casey Elementary School in Jackson, Mississippi to highlight how federal funds from the American Rescue...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/15/23

Weekly Media Roundup: February 8, 2023

News 12 Takes a Look at New After-School Class Focused on Educating Kids About Cannabis, News 12 Connecticut (New York) At the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) afterschool program in the Bronx, New York, middle school students discuss pressing issues, including...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/08/23

Weekly Media Roundup: February 1, 2023

After-School Program Returns to Fair Bluff, Signaling Hope for Flood-Battered Town, Border Belt Independent (North Carolina) Due to repeated floods, including those from Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence, the town of Fair Bluff, North Carolina has lost about a quarter of its population...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/01/23

Weekly Media Roundup: January 25, 2023

California’s Summer and After-School Programs are Effective and Should be Expanded, Report Finds, EdSource (California) To help students recover from the pandemic, the state of California invested $4 billion in expanded learning programs. A new report from the Partnership for Children...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/25/23

Weekly Media Roundup: January 18, 2023

'Safe Spot' Also Filled with Laughter, Energy, Quad-City Times (Iowa) At the Project Renewal afterschool program in Davenport, Iowa, students get help with homework, eat snacks, play games, practice social-emotional skills and take part in arts programming organized by partner...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/18/23

Weekly Media Roundup: January 11, 2023

Color a Positive Thought: Bridgeport Man Creates Coloring Book, After-School Program for City Kids, WTNH (Connecticut) Bridgeport, Connecticut native Harry Bell created “Color a Positive Thought,” a coloring book with inspirational phrases, to help children and families facing...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/11/23

Weekly Media Roundup: January 4, 2022

Popular After School Program Returns to Lexington Public Library, Fox 56 (Kentucky) Recognizing the community’s need for more afterschool programs, the Lexington Public Library is opening programs at its Northside and Village branches in Lexington, Kentucky, offering STEAM (science,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/04/23

Weekly Media Roundup: December 21, 2022

'It Shouldn't Have to Be This Difficult': Lack of Afterschool Program Slots has Parents Struggling, Daily Kos A “modest increase” in federal funding for afterschool in the Senate budget package “will allow tens of thousands more children to access a program, where...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/21/22

Weekly Media Roundup: December 14, 2022

Anaconda After-School Program Receives Donation from Gov. Gianforte, KXLF (Montana) As part of his 12 Days of Giving holiday campaign, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte donated $18,675 of his salary to the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) afterschool program in Anaconda, Montana to assist with...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/14/22

Weekly Media Roundup: December 7, 2022

Season for Sharing: From Homework to Job Skills, Saint Florian Center Helps At-Risk Kids, Indianapolis Star (Indiana) Motivated by the lack of safe, affordable recreation options for children, Indianapolis Fire Department Battalion Chief Anthony Williamson founded the Saint Florian Center nearly...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/07/22