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Weekly Media Roundup: May 2, 2018

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 2, 2018

How an After-School Program Helps Girls of Color See Themselves as Beautiful (Lansing State Journal, Michigan)

After moving to Detroit, Sheri Crawley, a mother of two girls of color, noticed a glaring lack of role models for her daughters. She decided to take matters into her own hands by founding an afterschool program named Pretty Brown Girls to help empower and inspire girls of color in her daughters’ school. The program encourages girls of color to eat healthier, be more confident, and follow their dreams. It has now spread to hundreds of schools nationwide. Monique Monger, a mother of one of the girls in the program, told the Lansing State Journal, “[My daughter’s] self-esteem has skyrocketed through the roof… I’m overjoyed and blessed for her to feel like she can do anything.”

Treasure Mountain Junior High’s After-School Program Fosters Connections with Students, Teachers (Park Record, Utah)

In the Mustang After School Academy (MASA) at Treasure Mountain Junior High, students design their own curriculum; the teachers are just there to supervise. MASA boasts 11 different clubs, the subjects of which were all chosen by students themselves. From a Rubik’s Cube Club to a potential #MeToo-movement-inspired club, the students get to explore their collective interests while making new friends, bonding with their teachers and building a personal investment in their learning experience. “All the research shows that if kids have a connection to their school, academically and emotionally they'll do better,” supervisor of the RV Club supervisor and technology coach Sam Thompson told the Park Record.

Parents Find Childcare Options During The #Red4Ed Walkout (The Republic, Arizona)

As teacher walkouts in Tempe, Arizona left many students with nowhere to go during the day, afterschool programs worked to pick up the slack. Afterschool program Kids Zone has operated all day at four area schools to keep kids occupied and educated during the strike. “We’re making use of every minute here. They’re getting a good day here compared to just playing video games at home,” Afterschool Ambassador and Kids Zone community services supervisor Jeremy King told the Arizona Republic.

A Bronx Salad is Tossed in Battle to Reverse Health Outcomes (Norwood News, New York)

To combat the Bronx’s status as a food desert, social services organization Bronx Works has partnered with other nonprofits and local chefs to design an afterschool program to teach children to eat healthier with the options available to them. The organization developed the “Bronx Salad,” a healthy and tasty dish made up of readily available ingredients, and now teaches children to make their own salads during the afterschool program to learn to enjoy more nutritious foods. “When I tried it, it tasted like it came straight from the trees and they just put water on it and it tasted very healthy,” Johlany Tehada, a local first grade student who participates in the program, told Norwood News.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Weekly Media Roundup: March 25, 2020

‘We Have Built a Very Strong Connection to Our Girls’: Girls Inc. Finding Creative Ways to Stay in Touch, Taunton Daily Gazette (Massachusetts) Each weekday, the Girls, Inc. program in Taunton, Massachusetts is offering a ‘virtual afterschool program’ via the video...

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Weekly Media Roundup: March 18, 2020

Despite Closed Doors, Cooperage Continues to Serve, WNEP-TV (Pennsylvania) The Cooperage Project provides robust afterschool programming to children in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The nonprofit recently had to cancel its afterschool program due to the coronavirus pandemic but, like other...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/18/20

Weekly Media Roundup: March 11, 2020

IPlay Gives San Antonio Kids a Safe Place to Play and Learn After School, KENS 5 (Texas) At iPlay afterschool programs in San Antonio, Texas, students can play basketball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, run track, get academic support and more. Fifty-eight elementary schools in and around San...

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Weekly Media Roundup: March 4, 2020

'Not a Babysitter': After-School Program Keeps Students Engaged After Final Bell Rings, Cumberland Times-News (Maryland) In the Allegany County Public School afterschool program in Cumberland, Maryland, students have learned about cybersecurity from IBM employees, water testing from the...

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Weekly Media Roundup: November 21, 2018

Afterschool Girls + STEAM Program Launches, Fosters (Delaware) In Delaware, girls in the Seymour Osman Community Center afterschool program learn engineering concepts by working with UV reactive beads, building sun-resistant shelters, and more. The new “Girls + STEAM” (science,...

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Weekly Media Roundup: July 18, 2018

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Weekly Media Roundup: June 20, 2018

Campers build confidence at Bricks 4 Kidz (The Bakersfield Californian, California) At a day camp in Bakersfield, children spend their days building all kinds of structures with LEGO® bricks, learning STEM concepts along the way. With a different theme to inspire them each week, campers at...

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Weekly Media Roundup: June 13, 2018

Morristown’s New After-School Program Praised by Assemblywoman Jenne (North Country This Week, New York) The Green Rockets Rising afterschool program was recently visited by Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, who praised the impact the program has on students at Morristown Central School....

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Weekly Media Roundup: June 6, 2018

Gwinnett Mom’s Programming Venture Gives Kids A Code for Fun (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia) After noticing the lack of STEM-related education programs in her children’s school, Nidhi Jain, a skilled programmer, decided to take matters into her own hands. Using a free...

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