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Weekly Media Roundup: March 17, 2021

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Weekly Media Roundup: March 17, 2021

Greater New Orleans, Baton Rouge Boys & Girls Clubs Merge into Regional Chapter to Increase Reach, The Advocate (Louisiana)

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge and the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana are merging into one larger organization, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Louisiana. “This merger gives us the opportunity to serve more kids and develop deeper programming,” Pat Van Burkleo, president and CEO of the new organization, told the Advocate. “Combining our forces will enable us to scale our best practices, streamline operations and be more cost-efficient — all to serve and support more kids.” The new organization has already raised nearly $350,000 for new hires.

Video Gaming Association Commits $1 Million to Support Black Girls Code, CNN

Thanks to a $1 million donation from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation, Black Girls Code will be able to expand its afterschool programs, workshops and hackathons for girls ages 7 to 17 years old. “When we looked specifically at Black Girls Code, the programming that they offered, the recommendations of the young women that have been through their program, and how they are diverse and spread across the country, really spoke to us,” Anastasia Staten, ESA Foundation’s executive director, told CNN. Through the partnership, Black Girls Code will also recruit volunteers from ESA member companies and tap into their vast resources. Together, they plan to offer in person and virtual workshops this summer.

New Garden at Montrose Field House to Focus on Nutrition Education for After-School, Summer Enrichment Programs, Montrose Press (Colorado)

Students in Montrose Recreation District’s afterschool and summer programs in Montrose, Colorado will soon grow their own food and learn about healthy eating at a new community garden that will serve as a “living classroom.” Construction of the garden is funded by a grant from the National Recreation and Park Association and is part of a larger effort to combat food insecurity, connect students to resources such as SNAP, and teach students cooking and other life skills.  “It’s about making it more accessible to everyone and [making] it more widespread so everybody has the same ability to get access to healthy food and nutrition education,” Garden Coordinator Nikki Munroe told the Montrose Press.

Nonprofit SA Youth Shifts Focus to Help Students in the Classroom to Combat ‘COVID Slide,’ KSAT-TV (Texas)

About 40 South San Antonio Independent School District students currently benefit from SA Youth’s Out-of-School Time afterschool program, which supports their academic achievement and connects them to mentors and projects that inspire them to learn. In the program, students get one-on-one tutoring and explore new interests through hands-on activities. For example, students recently completed a baking project that included science and math concepts.  “My hope for all of our students is that they see the potential within themselves,” Assistant Director Blake Marlowe told KSAT-TV

Weekly Media Roundup: February 24, 2021

Community Stepped Up When the Going Got Tough, Sandusky Register (Ohio) When the pandemic hit, the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio immediately got to work to ensure students’ academic, physical and emotional needs were met. The Club partnered with Sandusky City Schools to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/24/21

Weekly Media Roundup: February 17, 2021

Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Unified School District Present Encore of BRAVO! Program, Noozhawk (California) Through an ongoing collaboration with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) has continued to provide a free afterschool program to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/17/21

Weekly Media Roundup: February 10, 2021

A New Mural Was Created By Children And Artist At Reddick Elementary School In Wimauma, Osprey Observer (Florida) Students from migrant families in the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida spent four weeks creating a mural promoting kindness at a nearby...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/10/21

Weekly Media Roundup: February 3, 2021

Thousands of Dallas Children Are in Need of After-School Care, Survey Finds, The Dallas Morning News (Texas) The America After 3PM survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance found that more than 101,000 children in Dallas, Texas aren’t in afterschool programs, but would be if a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/03/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 27, 2021

MSCR Cares Program at Henderson Elementary Supports Students Indoors and Out, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin) At Madison School and Community Recreation Cares sites in Madison, Wisconsin, about 650 elementary students spend their mornings doing remote learning with the support of trained...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/27/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 19, 2021

More Than Just an Afterschool Program: Española Nonprofit Plans for Expansion, KRQE (New Mexico) Thanks to a $100,000 matching grant from the Thoma Art Foundation, Moving Arts Española   will soon open a teen center where middle and high school students can access career...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/19/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 13, 2020

YMCA gives kids ‘a dose of normal,’ Martha’s Vineyard Times (Massachusetts) To help students overcome isolation and disconnection, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is providing in-person programming for students each afternoon. The program provides enrichment activities and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/13/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 6, 2020

Girls Inc. Takes Creative Approach to Programming During COVID-19, The Daily Times (Tennessee) At the in-person and virtual afterschool programs run by Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, about 200 girls explore engineering, science, and agriculture, reflect on song lyrics, journal, learn about...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/06/21

Weekly Media Roundup: December 23, 2020

Lack Of Afterschool Program Access In Indiana Could Impact Education, Economic Recovery, WBAA (Georgia) A recent household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance, America After 3PM, found that more than 400,000 children in Indiana cannot access the afterschool programs they need....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/23/20

Weekly Media Roundup: December 16, 2020

Column: Hawaii Behind on Afterschool Programs, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Hawaii) Although data from the household survey America After 3 PM showed Hawaii was a national leader in afterschool participation in 2009, the 2020 America After 3 PM report shows unmet demand for afterschool has...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/16/20