Weekly Media Roundup: May 24, 2024


Weekly Media Roundup: May 24, 2024

Local After-School Center Working to Create a Cycle of Change Among in its Community, Fox 17 (Michigan)

At the New City Kids afterschool program in Grand Rapids, Michigan, high school students help plan the curriculum and lead activities for the younger students. “The work that we’re doing here is really empowering our teenagers and giving them the tools that they need to lead and succeed here in our community," New City Kids Executive Director Christy Knetsch told Fox 17. “The grownups aren’t in charge. The people who are in charge are the best assets our city has, which is our amazing teenagers.” In addition to valuable workforce and life skills, the program also provides college scholarships to its student teachers.

Ossining UFSD Unveils Free, Bilingual After-School Program, News 12 (New York)

After a successful launch of its bilingual afterschool program at Brookside Elementary School in Ossining, New York, the United Way of Westchester and Putnam plans to add an additional 200 spots to the program at Brookside and open another bilingual afterschool program in the Greenburgh School District next fall. The free afterschool program provides homework assistance, exercise and educational activities to low-income and immigrant students. “The curriculum in this program is going to help them close the learning gap for their children and because it's bilingual, it's setting them up for success in the future,” Tom Gabriel, the president of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam, told News 12. The program is funded through a $1.5 million federal grant.

Sarasota Summer Learning Programs Keep Students on Track, Observer (Florida)

Both the Summer Success Institute and the Sarasota County Schools’ Summer Learning Academies help combat summer learning loss in Sarasota, Florida with comprehensive, hands-on programming. The Summer Success Institute includes robotics, community service, music production, sewing, presentations from community partners including an aquarium and a beekeeper, and a weekly bounce house to keep kids active. “I don’t like the camp — I love the camp,” first grade student William Bousman told the Observer. The Summer Learning Academies offer career exploration in addition to academic support, including opportunities for students to explore what it’s like to be a veterinarian or a doctor.

More Than a Hangout: After School Program Fills a Niche for Middle Schoolers, The Mountaineer (North Carolina)

The afterschool program at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville, North Carolina partners with a wide variety of community organizations to offer enriching activities for students, including fly fishing with Haywood County Recreation and Parks, painting and sculpting with the Haywood County Arts Council and community cleanup projects with the Haywood Waterways Association. The church also recently partnered with HIGHTS to offer mental health and life skills programming. “We reformatted the program to broaden the definition of what a safe place is,” Director of Ministries Michael Blackburn told the Mountaineer. “It’s based on knowing kids are in need of more. There’s a mental health crisis, and Haywood County is not immune to that. We’ve seen the need for more positive interactions, more places to connect and for kids to feel part of something bigger than themselves.” About 150 middle schoolers attend.

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

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/06/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 28, 2024

Program Designed to Boost Reading Rates in NW Tallahassee is Reaching More Students, WTXL (Florida) At Springwood Elementary School’s afterschool program in Tallahassee, Florida, students are paired with volunteers from United Way’s ReadingPals program, working together to improve...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/28/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 21, 2024

Missoula After-School Program for BIPOC Youth Creating Next Generation of Leaders, KTVQ-TV (Montana) At the Association for BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) Youth afterschool program in Missoula, Montana, students of color build community, take part in mindfulness activities, and develop...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/21/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 14, 2024

Viewpoint: Invest in Out-of-School Programs to Help Solve State’s Educational Challenges, South Bend Tribune (Indiana) Indiana lawmakers are considering continuing the state’s pandemic-era investments in out-of-school time learning, including afterschool and summer learning programs....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/14/24