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Weekly Media Roundup: March 3, 2021

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Weekly Media Roundup: March 3, 2021

San Antonio Sports launches virtual sports-at-home program for children, CW 35 (Texas)

San Antonio Sports has expanded its afterschool offerings to include a free virtual program called “I play! at home,” to help students stay active during the pandemic. The program, led by a group of accomplished college athletes, American Ninja Warriors and a former Olympian, teaches skills and techniques that don’t require special equipment or athletic fields. “I think this really bridges the gap and makes students think about getting outside and exercising, differently,” Sara Tovar, director of youth and community at San Antonio Sports, told the CW 35. The afterschool sports include soccer, track, volleyball and basketball.

Medora to Use Grant for After-School STEM Camp, Seymour Tribune (Indiana)

Thanks to a STEM Next Opportunity Fund grant, the Reach for a Star afterschool program in Medora, Indiana will be able to provide three new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities in their program as well as a STEM-focused spring break camp for afterschool participants in third through sixth grade. “Continuing to offer a wide variety of opportunities to our students is important in our efforts to ensure everyone is engaged and learning,” Shannon Hunsucker, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers district coordinator for Medora Community School Corporation, told the Seymour Tribune. “There are so many possibilities out there for our students, and we want to make sure they are aware of as many of them as possible. If one activity grabs a student’s interest and they run with it, who knows where it could lead them?”

After-School Is an Equity Issue: With Record Need in Communities of Color, the Time to Partner is Now, School Library Journal

According to the Afterschool Alliance’s America After 3PM survey, unmet demand for afterschool programs is especially high in Latinx and African American communities. Libraries can play a major role in closing that opportunity gap and expanding access to afterschool. For example, public libraries in Mississippi have partnered with the Mississippi Humanities Council to offer Luciérnagas, a bilingual literacy-focused afterschool program that brings students and families together for meals, reading activities and discussions. “[Libraries] have been a huge partner, both pre-COVID and during COVID, and are essential in afterschool,” Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant told the School Library Journal.

Toledo Teens Hold Diaper Drive, WTVG-TV (Ohio)

At the Impact afterschool program in Toledo, Ohio, students get help with homework, connect with mentors, take college tours, explore their options after high school graduation and more. Community service is a key component of the program. This month, students organized a diaper drive for the Salvation Army to assist families in need in their community. Impact has “taught me to respect others and it’s taught me to speak out more, because before I used to have trouble speaking to others,” Juwan McMullin-Bey, a 14-year-old student, told WTVG-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