LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
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.
How YMCA Judson is a Constant in the Lives of Former Mill Village Residents in Need, Greenville News (South Carolina)
Shortly after the pandemic hit, the YMCA Judson Community Center teamed up...
Moscow School District’s Adventure Club Returns with Adjustments Aimed at Keeping COVID-19 at Bay, Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Idaho)
This summer, students in Moscow, Idaho will benefit from...
American Rescue Plan Gives Out-of-school Time Programs Big Role in Pandemic Recovery, Youth Today
The American Rescue Plan includes historic funding for afterschool and summer learning programs,...
Helping Kids Cope with Changes Through Storytelling, KGUN 9 (Arizona)
At the Literacy Connects afterschool program in Tucson, Arizona, middle schoolers brainstorm ideas for skits, write their own...
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 &...
A Space of their Own: North Hampton Flips Vacant Store into Rec Center, Seacoast Online (New Hampshire)
In December, the North Hampton Parks and Recreation Department in New Hampshire officially...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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