Weekly Media Roundup: May 8, 2024


Weekly Media Roundup: May 8, 2024

After-School Programs Expect to Scale Down with Pandemic Aid Ending, K-12 Dive

In a new Afterschool Alliance survey of more than 8,800 afterschool programs, about 4 out of 5 providers said they were concerned about children in their communities who need afterschool not having it, and the vast majority reported concerns about long-term funding and staffing. About 2 out of 5 providers of programs receiving federal COVID aid reported they expect to have to reduce programming as it nears expiration. “Those concerns are sure to worsen as pandemic relief funding winds down in coming months,” Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant told K-12 Dive. “We are not making nearly the investments we need in afterschool and summer learning programs.”

Out of School Programs and Their Mental Health Benefits in Demand, WAOW (Wisconsin)

At the Boys & Girls Club of Portage County, students connect with their peers and with mentors, learn life skills such as cooking, play basketball, and more – all activities that can boost students’ mental health and wellbeing. The afterschool program also offers career exploration. "We might have a speaker come in from a certain company and talk about what they do," CEO Kevin Quevillon told WAOW. "Then, as the kids get older, we have more sophisticated things for the teenagers where we're really trying to match up their interests with what they might do after school."

Community Program Helps Young Somalis Connect After School, NBC 4 (Ohio)

At the Somali Community Link afterschool program in Linden, Ohio, Somali youth are paired with first-generation Somali immigrants who provide academic support and connect with students on shared cultural experiences. “It’s important for kids to see fellow first-generation Somali Americans because they know exactly what each other is facing, and can alleviate some of the burdens and barriers for academic success,” Columbus City Councilmember Nancy Day-Achauer told NBC 4. Last week, the Columbus City Council approved a $100,000 grant to support Somali Community Link’s afterschool program.

Macomb School District to Implement Behavioral Intervention Program, WIUM Tristates Public Radio (Illinois)

In response to increased behavioral issues since the pandemic, the Macomb School District in Macomb, Illinois is implementing the Alternative Learning Opportunities Program, an innovative intervention program that has shown success in Chicago. “A psychologist recently told me that if you look at our middle school kids today across the country, while they’re young teenagers, they’re really nine and ten years old in terms of that social, emotional IQ piece,” Superintendent Patrick Twomey told WIUM. “That’s the reason we’re seeing so many issues at that level in terms of how those students respond to conflict and to each other.” At-risk middle and high school students, as well as students attending Bella Ease afterschool program, will work with an interventionist to address behavioral and social-emotional issues. The afterschool program will also provide homework help and enrichment activities

Weekly Media Roundup: May 15, 2024

This Affordable Housing Project Wasn’t Going to Happen – And Then an Unlikely Partnership Formed, Fast Company By teaming up with a new affordable housing development, the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle in New York doubled the size of its facility to 22,000 feet. The new...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/15/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 8, 2024

After-School Programs Expect to Scale Down with Pandemic Aid Ending, K-12 Dive In a new Afterschool Alliance survey of more than 8,800 afterschool programs, about 4 out of 5 providers said they were concerned about children in their communities who need afterschool not having it, and the vast...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/08/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 1, 2024

A Clovis Mother Identifies a Critical Need: More After-School Child Care, The Fresno Bee (California) In a recent guest column for the Fresno Bee, Noha Elbaz shared how post-pandemic staffing shortages at afterschool programs have impacted her family. Before COVID, her family benefited from...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/01/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 24, 2024

Nonprofit Gives Penn Hills Kids a Safe Place to Gather After School, KDKA News (Pennsylvania) At the Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens afterschool program in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, students conduct science experiments, play indoor and outdoor sports, and are paired with adult mentors who...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/24/24

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