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Weekly Media Roundup: May 1, 2019

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 1, 2019

YMCAs in LA Aim to Get Families Started on a Lifetime of Fitness with 'Healthy Kids Day,' ABC 7 (California)

Twenty-six YMCAs in the Los Angeles area came together to host a “Healthy Kids Day” last weekend. At various events throughout the community, children and their parents took part in interactive demonstrations meant to promote healthy lifestyles and learned about YMCA afterschool and summer programming. “We do STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics], we do Silly Snacks,” West Valley Family YMCA Afterschool Program and Site Director Monique Otero told ABC 7.  “We do arts-and-play, so we give them a little bit of everything that we do, so that when the parents come they have a little bit of an idea of what we do.”

Aiding Those 'At-Risk,' Putnam County Sentinel (Ohio)

The Health Rocks afterschool program in Ottawa, Ohio equips fifth- and sixth-grade students with the life skills they need to make healthy decisions as teenagers and beyond. Students learn to make nutritious snacks, form mentoring relationships with 4-H teens, and discover new interests through hands-on activities in computer science, woodworking and more. “What the content of all those subjects really revolve around is healthy lifestyle choices,” Associate Professor Jason Hedrick told the Putnam County Sentinel. “We talk a lot about wellness as a larger picture. It’s not just fitness. It’s not just nutrition. It’s just kind of an overall wellness of who you are as a person. And, often times, if you can find a subject matter that you’re really interested in, then you tend to pour your energy into that, instead of maybe some of the things down the road.”

As ACT Turns Seven, Its Impact On Youth Surges, The Weekly Challenger (Florida)

More than 700 students participate in afterschool programs, workshops, clinics and summer programs offered by the Arts Conservatory for Teens in St. Petersburg, Florida each year. Launched seven years ago, the nonprofit operates a wide variety of programs focused on workforce development, dance, game coding and more. Its teen programming takes a holistic approach to youth development. “We focus on the art of leadership, the art of entrepreneurship, the art of money management and most importantly, the art of healthy living,” Co-Founder Alex Harris told the Weekly Challenger.

Head Start on STEM, Manhattan Times (New York)

A new afterschool program at the City College of New York will introduce high school students to careers in science and technology. Through the program, any high school student in Northern Manhattan’s District 6 will be able to access hands-on training in robotics, mechatronics, entrepreneurship and more at CCNY’s new STEM lab. “Aside from the learning, it’s useful for them to be on a college campus for programs like this,” CCNY STEM Institute Director Joseph Barba told the Manhattan Times. “They start to get the feeling that they belong here, they can do this.”

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