Weekly Media Roundup: May 6, 2020


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 for three science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects that staff will lead virtually this week. “The purpose is to connect to our afterschool kids,” Youth and Family Director Ashley Cole told the Augusta Free Press. “We haven’t seen them in several weeks. Hopefully, this will give parents a break, and we can lead projects with the kids virtually.”

Look For the Helpers: The Opportunity Project Assists Families During COVID-19 Pandemic, Tulsa World (Oklahoma)

The Opportunity Project is a nonprofit in Tulsa, Oklahoma that supports more than 80 programs providing out-of-school enrichment to students. During the pandemic, the organization has helped its partners set up phone banks to reach out to families in order to assess their needs, pivot to virtual programming, maintain grant funding, provide professional development to staff and more. “[We’re] really thinking about how [do] we support both young people and the organizations that we know are serving them. [Those organizations] are having that critical link, that relationship link, that we know [is] going to be so important during this pandemic,” Executive Director Caroline Shaw told the Tulsa World.

After-School Programs Help NYC Kids ‘Rock Out’ Across the Boroughs, Fox 5 (New York)

While in-person programming is suspended due to coronavirus, New York Edge, the largest afterschool provider in New York City, is helping students stay connected and express themselves through online arts education. For example, thanks to a partnership with E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt’s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, thousands of students are learning the basics of rock and roll online. “We’re kind of sneaking education into fun art and learning stuff for the kids to do. And I'm also teaching them things they can do when they're not sitting with me in front of a screen, in their own time, so they can be creative," Vincent Spencer, comic book storytelling specialist, told Fox 5.

DC Poet-Athletes Prepare to Unleash Creativity in Virtual Poetry Showcase, Despite Coronavirus Crisis, WTOP News (District of Columbia)

DC SCORES, an afterschool program in Washington, D.C., combines soccer, service learning and poetry to support students’ physical fitness, creative expression and character development. The program has continued this mission online during the pandemic via soccer skills videos from U.S. men’s national team player Tyler Boyd, an “At Home Poetry Challenge” from Washington Spirit player Joanna Lohman and more. Last Thursday, students showcased their original poetry in an online performance titled “Our Words Our City.” “When the kids are writing, they are writing about their truths, the things that they see, the things that they feel,” Charity Blackwell, director of creative arts and education, told WTOP News. “It’s a very powerful and vulnerable experience for them.”

Weekly Media Roundup: August 26, 2020

Where Atlanta Parents Turn When Children Can’t Do Online School at Home, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia) Afterschool providers throughout Atlanta, Georgia are stepping up to provide safe, supportive environments for students to do distance learning while their parents are...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/26/20

Weekly Media Roundup: August 19, 2020

After-School Programs Adjusting to COVID-19 Challenges, Live 5 News (South Carolina) Several organizations in Charleston, South Carolina are finding creative ways to support students as the start of a new school year approaches. For example, the Metanoia Youth Leadership Academy will offer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/19/20

Weekly Media Roundup: August 12, 2020

Safe Spaces: Back-To-School Options For Cleveland's Working Parents, Idea Stream (Ohio) This fall, when Cleveland schools open remotely, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio is planning to serve more than 500 students with enriching all-day, in-person programming. To do so, the Club...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/12/20

Weekly Media Roundup, August 5, 2020

The After School All Stars Program Provides Support for Both Students and Parents, WSFL-TV (Florida) When schools closed due the pandemic, After School All Stars (ASAS) quickly found ways to support students and families remotely, first with a virtual afterschool program and then with a virtual...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/05/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 29, 2020

Prime Time Palm Beach Continues Programs, Lake Okeechobee News (Florida) When schools closed due to the pandemic, Prime Time Palm Beach County quickly created an online library where families could choose from more than 2,000 learning activities designed to help students discover new interests...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/29/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 22, 2020

ACPS’s Summer Learning Classes Aid Coronavirus Learning Slump, Local DVM (Virginia) This summer, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) in Virginia are offering free virtual summer learning classes to all students to keep them engaged, academically enriched, and connected to one another....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/22/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 15, 2020

Hoops and Homework Centers in Framingham Reopen with ‘Super Duper Excited’ Students, Metrowest Daily News (Massachusetts) When schools and programs closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hoops and Homework afterschool program quickly pivoted to supporting students through...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/15/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 8, 2020

Boys & Girls Club Delivers Camp For Kids, New Haven Independent (Connecticut) This week, about 60 students ages five to 14 started a six-week summer learning camp at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven in Connecticut. Students are divided into small pods, wearing masks and practicing...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/08/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 1, 2020

Learning Center to Have At-Home Learning Sessions, Meadeville Tribune (Pennsylvania) Each Monday through Thursday in July, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mentoring Program in Meadeville, Pennsylvania will hold interactive, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lessons online....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/01/20

Weekly Media Roundup: June 24, 2020

JCPS' New Summer School Program Offers Virtual Adventures, Big-Ticket Prizes, Courier Journal (Kentucky) Through the Jefferson County Public Schools’ online “Summer League” program, students in Louisville, Kentucky can explore new interests and keep their academic skills...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/24/20