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Weekly Media Roundup: March 21, 2018

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Weekly Media Roundup: March 21, 2018

Environmental Science Center Creates Future Conservationists (Westside Seattle, Washington)

The nonprofit Environmental Science Center connects youth and other community members with nature. The center hopes that by introducing students to the environment through hands-on scientific activities in summer and afterschool programs, they’ll be inspired to protect Puget Sound’s local watershed and the rest of Seattle’s natural surroundings. “Our programs are tailored to spark curiosity,” community engagement manager Kharli Rose told Westside Seattle. “Curiosity fuels us and knowledge guides us. The more we know about something, the more likely we are to protect it.”

City of Salisbury Unveils New Youth Community Center (WMDT, Maryland)

This week, the city of Salisbury celebrated the opening of its first ever community center designed to serve youths of all ages. The Truitt Street Community Center will give students a safe place after school to work on homework, engage in recreational activities and more. The community center will be free of charge to all participants, making the programs accessible to families no matter their financial situation. "It's cool for a kid who has the money to go to a program where they can pay, but what about those kids who can't afford it,” community advocate Jermichael Mitchell told WMDT. “…. I just wanted to have somewhere where it was a safe haven where kids can say I don't have to pay to go to Truitt Street Community Center.”

Connellsville Middle Schoolers Tackle Heavy Equipment in CTC After-School Program (Uniontown Herald-Standard, Pennsylvania)

The Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center recently taught a group of middle-schoolers how to operate bulldozers, dump trucks and other heavy machinery through a unique afterschool program. “This job is literally in their backyard. We want to show younger kids you can have a great-paying career in this area,” CTC workforce development coordinator Shawna Little told the Uniontown Herald-Standard. The program hopes to inspire students to consider a career in construction or other in-demand fields through hands-on learning.

Kilgore 'Ninja' Targets Fitness for Local Youth (Kilgore News Herald, Texas)

Kilgore ISD teacher and Ignition Station head coach Hannah Grace Beets helps her students stay healthy by engaging in physical activity at her afterschool program. Now, she’ll be able to show her students just how far fitness can take them by competing in hit TV show “America Ninja Warrior.” Beets’ run on the show will air this summer. “I really did it because I want to get into public speaking using demonstrations of movement,” Beets told the Kilgore News Herald. “I thought, being on 'American Ninja Warrior,' teenagers could relate better. Hopefully it will be inspirational to them.” The afterschool program is free of charge and serves 15 to 20 students on a regular basis, encouraging them to move around and stay active.

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