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Weekly Media Roundup: May 29, 2019

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 29, 2019

STEM Learning Disguised as After-School Sailing, Chesapeake Bay Magazine (Maryland)

In the Downtown Sailing Center’s afterschool program, Baltimore public school students buckle their life vests as they learn to operate sailboats on the Chesapeake Bay. The program uses sailing to expose students to new experiences in nature, keep them active and spark their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “All aspects of sailing involve STEM. Sailing in of itself is physics and aerodynamics, so the kids learn the mechanisms about how the boat moves whether it’s from using the tiller, which is essentially a lever, or using pullies, which are simple machines,” instructor Johanna Murphy told Chesapeake Bay Magazine.

After School Robotics Program in ASD Setting New Trend and Possibly Improving School Day Academic Performance, Anchorage Press (Alaska)

Students on the robotics team at Mt. View Elementary in Anchorage, Alaska learn engineering skills while practicing teamwork, perseverance and problem solving. The team is part of the school’s 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool program. Funded by a grant from LEGO, the robotics program challenges students to design robots to perform specific tasks such as pulling weights. The team targets students who are struggling during the school day in order to help them discover a love of learning. “These are the kids that need something to look forward to after school…For some of them, the opportunity to work with the robots is what keeps them engaged during the school day,” Site Manager Marcy Richards told the Anchorage Press.

Girls Inc. Changes the Future for Girls in NYC, Pix 11 (New York)

Girls Inc., NYC works to develop female leaders through mentorship, education, college scholarships and more. The afterschool program teaches girls about wide range of topics including data science, financial literacy, and mental and physical health. As girls progress through the program, they mentor and tutor younger students as well. Student Fargana Abden credits the program with increasing her self-esteem at a time when she was self-conscious about her Bengali heritage. “When I joined Girls Inc., I was told everything about me is fine,” Abden told Pix 11. Next year Abden will be the first in her family to attend college due, in part, to a scholarship the program awarded to her.

Green Street After-School Programs Get A+, Brattleboro Reformer (Vermont)

More than 70 percent of students at Green Street School in Brattleboro, Vermont take part in afterschool programming. The school’s programs are run by its teachers, who choose topics and activities they want to share with students three or four days a week. In one program, students work in teams to solve challenges using creative problem solving and compete in local and global competitions. Other programs have included TV production, furniture refinishing, drama, STEM, rock band and more. In all of the programs, students form closer relationships with teachers as they learn new skills together. “[Students are] more willing to learn when they see their teachers are learners themselves,” School Librarian Shannon Kelly told the Brattleboro Reformer. “Some of the adults want to be in the after-school programs.”

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