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Weekly Media Roundup: March 18, 2020

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Weekly Media Roundup: March 18, 2020

Despite Closed Doors, Cooperage Continues to Serve, WNEP-TV (Pennsylvania)

The Cooperage Project provides robust afterschool programming to children in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The nonprofit recently had to cancel its afterschool program due to the coronavirus pandemic but, like other afterschool programs across the country, is still finding ways to support children and families. For example, in partnership with the Wayne Highlands School District, the Cooperage Project is offering free lunch to anyone under the age of 18 each weekday while schools are closed. Staff are also brainstorming ways to offer programming online. “We're just here to help in any way that we can, as a nonprofit community hub that can't really hub right now, how can we connect those dots and give the community what they need?” Interim Executive Director Arrah Fisher told WNEP-TV.

Boys and Girls Club of Dane County Raises $100,000 for Communities Affected by COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic, Madison.com (Wisconsin)

Last Friday, the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County – which provides preschool and afterschool programs in Wisconsin – set up an online donation drive to support those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In less than 10 hours, it raised more than $100,000. The Club will work with city and county leaders to distribute the funds, which may go toward meals, medical supplies, transportation, and more for those in need. The Club will also continue to support families with afterschool programing, snacks and meals while closely monitoring safety and closure recommendations. “This is exactly what hope looks like,” Leslie Petty, chair of the board of directors, told Madison.com. “It is us, pulling together in this community to make this happen.”

Coronavirus: Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Announces Centers of Hope Afterschool Program to Continue to Provide Free Meals During School Closures, The Atlanta Voice (Georgia)

The Centers of Hope afterschool program, run by the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation, combines education and play to promote healthy lifestyles for children. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recently announced that beginning this week, the program will serve free meals to all students who need them while schools are closed due to coronavirus. “Atlanta’s children must continue to receive the food and proper nutrition they need regardless of current events,” Bottoms told the Atlanta Voice. “In these times, nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our residents—especially those who face challenges on a day-to-day basis.”

After-School Programs Urged to Follow Health Officials’ Guidance on Coronavirus, Youth Today

During the coronavirus pandemic, afterschool programs are advised to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as from their local health officials. Several afterschool conferences, including the National Afterschool Association annual conference and the Afterschool for All Challenge, converted to virtual events to avoid exposing participants to contagion.  Advocates are pushing for support for afterschool programs, program staff and the families they serve. “After-school programs are impacted and need to be thought of,” Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant told Youth Today. “If after-school shuts down, kids are not getting fed.”

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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

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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