LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Pacific Building Group Tops Out New Access Youth Academy Building, Times of San Diego (California)
Next year, more than 1,300 students will be able to access comprehensive afterschool programming at a brand-new facility for Access Youth Academy in San Diego. It includes eight squash courts, a computer lab, a college prep room and more. At Access Youth Academy, seventh through 12th grade students play squash, get academic support, connect with mentors, and explore college and careers. Students continue to receive support from the program throughout college and for two years after they graduate. “Access Youth Academy is very excited about this new academic and athletic facility,” Executive Director Renato Paiva told the Times of San Diego. “It will serve as a resource for the entire Southeastern San Diego community.”
Afterschool Program Encourages Young Remote Learners to Unplug, KYW Newsradio (Pennsylvania)
Each Monday through Friday, 49 Parks and Recreation centers throughout Philadelphia are offering free or low-cost afterschool programs where students can go outside and be physically active. “Afterschool Unplugged” activities include sports drills, arts and crafts, and more. The program is designed to help students stay mentally and physically healthy during the pandemic. “This pandemic has meant more screen time than ever, and it’s just really important to get families accessible and affordable physical recreation activities and socialization opportunities for their children,” Parks and Rec Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell told KYW Newsradio.
Finding ‘Hope’ for Kids During the COVID-19 Pandemic, LA Downtown News (California)
While Los Angeles schools are operating remotely during the pandemic, the Hope Street Margolis Family Center afterschool program has expanded to provide a supportive environment for students to learn remotely during the day. A community benefit program of Dignity Health’s California Hospital Medical Center, the Hope Street Margolis Family Center offers academic support in a socially distanced environment, breakfast and lunch, and access to computers and Wi-Fi, which many students do not have at home. “As a resource center, as a community center, it was kind of our responsibility to do that and make sure that our students succeeded this year and kind of take a load off of our hard-working parents,” Education Services Coordinator Gina Avila told LA Downtown News.
Afterschool Program Used to Encourage Positive Coping Methods, The Sheridan Press (Wyoming)
This year in the afterschool program at Highland Park Elementary school in Sheridan, Wyoming, students have decorated cards for essential workers, participated in discussions about identifying complex emotions, written and illustrated original books, designed cars out of school supplies, and more. The program is facilitated by two student teachers who are using hands-on activities to teach students positive ways to deal with stress. “When we see children that are in need…we’re all going to come at it and see what we can do to help raise this child in whatever way they need,” Literacy Specialist Molly Swan told the Sheridan Press.
Leon County Schools Invests $1.5M in Summer Programs to Prevent ‘COVID Slide,’ WCTV (Florida)
Throughout June and July, students in Leon County, Florida will have the opportunity to...
Operation Go: After school program teaches kids new skills with positive affirmations, Rochesterfirst.com (New York)
The Operation Go afterschool program in Rochester, New York seeks to educate...
After-School Program at Local Charter School a Popular Activity for Students, East Idaho News (Idaho)
Each day after school at White Pine Charter School in Ammon, Idaho, more than 200 students...
After-School Programs Have Either Been Abandoned or Overworked, Hechinger Report
Afterschool programs have faced numerous challenges during the pandemic, including pivoting to providing full-day...
How YMCA Judson is a Constant in the Lives of Former Mill Village Residents in Need, Greenville News (South Carolina)
Shortly after the pandemic hit, the YMCA Judson Community Center teamed up...
Moscow School District’s Adventure Club Returns with Adjustments Aimed at Keeping COVID-19 at Bay, Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Idaho)
This summer, students in Moscow, Idaho will benefit from...
Community Stepped Up When the Going Got Tough, Sandusky Register (Ohio)
When the pandemic hit, the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio immediately got to work to ensure students’ academic, physical and emotional needs were met. The Club partnered with Sandusky City Schools to...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/24/21
Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Unified School District Present Encore of BRAVO! Program, Noozhawk (California)
Through an ongoing collaboration with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) has continued to provide a free afterschool program to...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/17/21
A New Mural Was Created By Children And Artist At Reddick Elementary School In Wimauma, Osprey Observer (Florida)
Students from migrant families in the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida spent four weeks creating a mural promoting kindness at a nearby...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/10/21
Thousands of Dallas Children Are in Need of After-School Care, Survey Finds, The Dallas Morning News (Texas)
The America After 3PM survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance found that more than 101,000 children in Dallas, Texas aren’t in afterschool programs, but would be if a...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/03/21
MSCR Cares Program at Henderson Elementary Supports Students Indoors and Out, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin)
At Madison School and Community Recreation Cares sites in Madison, Wisconsin, about 650 elementary students spend their mornings doing remote learning with the support of trained...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/27/21
More Than Just an Afterschool Program: Española Nonprofit Plans for Expansion, KRQE (New Mexico)
Thanks to a $100,000 matching grant from the Thoma Art Foundation, Moving Arts Española will soon open a teen center where middle and high school students can access career...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/19/21
YMCA gives kids ‘a dose of normal,’ Martha’s Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
To help students overcome isolation and disconnection, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is providing in-person programming for students each afternoon. The program provides enrichment activities and...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/13/21
Girls Inc. Takes Creative Approach to Programming During COVID-19, The Daily Times (Tennessee)
At the in-person and virtual afterschool programs run by Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, about 200 girls explore engineering, science, and agriculture, reflect on song lyrics, journal, learn about...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/06/21
Lack Of Afterschool Program Access In Indiana Could Impact Education, Economic Recovery, WBAA (Georgia)
A recent household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance, America After 3PM, found that more than 400,000 children in Indiana cannot access the afterschool programs they need....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/23/20
Column: Hawaii Behind on Afterschool Programs, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Hawaii)
Although data from the household survey America After 3 PM showed Hawaii was a national leader in afterschool participation in 2009, the 2020 America After 3 PM report shows unmet demand for afterschool has...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/16/20
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
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