Weekly Media Roundup: March 6, 2024


Weekly Media Roundup: March 6, 2024

Charlotte Afterschool Program Aims to Break Cycle of Youth Crime and Violence, WBTV (North Carolina)

In response to the 33 percent rise in juvenile gun violence in Charlotte, North Carolina, county leaders presented The Way Forward plan to city council members this week. The plan includes community engagement and increased investments in afterschool programs such as TreSports and aims to reduce youth gun violence by 10 percent over the next four years. The TreSports afterschool program offers youth charged with juvenile crimes an extensive array of support services including homework assistance, conflict resolution classes, job training, and sports programs. “It’s not gonna be just one solution that’s gonna solve this,” Robert Reynolds Jr., founder of TreSports, told WBTV. “We want to try to renew [students’] minds, change their way of thinking and get them to think things differently, hear things differently.”

Organization That Helps At-Risk Girls to Break Ground On New Facility in Wilkinsburg, KDKA News (Pennsylvania)

At Gwen’s Girls Caring Connections for YOUth afterschool program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, girls in third through 12th grade are conducting science experiments, learning life skills, and receiving emotional and behavioral health support in a caring environment. “I continue returning to Gwen’s Girls because they give us the floor to speak about issues, not just in our personal lives but that we may see in our communities,” 15-year-old participant Olivia Davidson told KDKA News. “I know a lot of women who are implemented into the juvenile justice system or become victim to the school-to-prison pipeline don’t have the support that they need to work toward their dreams and aspirations, so that’s kind of what Gwen’s Girls does.” The afterschool program began last year and is opening a new site in Wilkinsburg with guidance from the students and the community.

Centro Hispano Expanding After-School Program to Two More Elementary Schools, Frederick News Post (Maryland)

Thanks to a grant from the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission, elementary schoolers at two additional schools in Maryland will have access to Centro Hispano de Frederick’s Éxito in the Schools afterschool program. The program serves students who are English language learners and provides science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) exploration, mentorship, language support and more. Centro Hispano de Frederick also screens all participating students for trauma and connects their families to mental health resources. “The beauty of the program is that within the STEM topics that we cover, there’s also a social-emotional component,” Director Maria-Teresa Shuck told the Frederick News Post. “We also talk about leadership qualities. We talk about these kids knowing that, yes, they can go to college.”

After School Program Invites MSUE Nutritionist to Speak, Make Pizza, Ludington Daily News (Michigan)

Last week, teens in the John’s Place afterschool program in Ludington, Michigan helped make their own healthy pizzas while learning about the principles of nutrition and gaining independence in the kitchen. The session was led by the Michigan State University Extension’s Community Nutrition Instructor Kendra Gibson. Student practiced chopping techniques, stretching the dough, grating cheese and more. “We are going to talk about the framework in building recipes and how you can slice vegetables in different ways,” Gibson told the Ludington Daily News. “Sometimes we have reservations before we even try something, we are trying to open them up to be willing to try.”

Weekly Media Roundup: May 15, 2024

This Affordable Housing Project Wasn’t Going to Happen – And Then an Unlikely Partnership Formed, Fast Company By teaming up with a new affordable housing development, the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle in New York doubled the size of its facility to 22,000 feet. The new...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/15/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 8, 2024

After-School Programs Expect to Scale Down with Pandemic Aid Ending, K-12 Dive In a new Afterschool Alliance survey of more than 8,800 afterschool programs, about 4 out of 5 providers said they were concerned about children in their communities who need afterschool not having it, and the vast...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/08/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 1, 2024

A Clovis Mother Identifies a Critical Need: More After-School Child Care, The Fresno Bee (California) In a recent guest column for the Fresno Bee, Noha Elbaz shared how post-pandemic staffing shortages at afterschool programs have impacted her family. Before COVID, her family benefited from...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/01/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 24, 2024

Nonprofit Gives Penn Hills Kids a Safe Place to Gather After School, KDKA News (Pennsylvania) At the Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens afterschool program in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, students conduct science experiments, play indoor and outdoor sports, and are paired with adult mentors who...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/24/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 17, 2024

The CARE Center Collecting Snacks, Books for Upcoming Summer Learning Program, WHNT (Alabama) In preparation for its summer learning program, the CARE Center in Huntsville, Alabama is hosting a food and book drive so each of the 300 students participating in its summer program will receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/17/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 10, 2024

Detroit Kids Dance Through School Work at After-School Program, CBS News Detroit (Michigan) At the Let’s Dance afterschool program at Detroit’s Dufree Innovation Society, students work with teaching artists on dance routines with academic concepts built in. Afterward, the same...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/11/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 3, 2024

At IPS School 43, Teaching Kids to Read is a Community Effort, WISH-TV (Indiana) At the Martin Luther King Community Center’s afterschool program in Indianapolis, Indiana, elementary school students are paired with mentors who encourage them to read through a variety of engaging...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/03/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 27, 2024

The Opp Helps Mr. Calloway’s Students Thrive, Tulsa Kids (Oklahoma) Thanks to support from The Opportunity Project, students at the Culinary Arts afterschool program at East Central Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma are practicing cooking techniques while also learning about budgeting and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/27/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 20, 2024

Matthew McConaughey and ASU Are Helping an Arizona School District. Here's How, Arizona Republic (Arizona) Matthew McConaughey and Arizona State University (ASU) have teamed up to help a Phoenix-area school district apply for federal afterschool funding included in the Bipartisan Safer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/20/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 13, 2024

English Learners Stopped Coming to Class During the Pandemic. One Group is Tackling the Problem By Helping Their Parents, Hechinger Report In North Carolina, nearly one third of English language learning students were chronically absent last year, a rate significantly higher than the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/13/24