LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Longtime After-School Program Director in Davis District Recognized As State Director of the Year for 2019, Standard-Examiner (Utah)
In Davis School District afterschool programs in Clearfield, Utah, students present their own business plans, cook creative, original meals, play music, learn fun fitness skills such as hula-hooping, explore the science of circuit boards, get help with their homework and more. Funded through a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, the programs serve about 1,200 students at 16 elementary schools and one junior high. This year, the Utah Afterschool Network recognized the programs’ director, Courtney Ward, with the Utah Afterschool Program Director of the Year Award. “We have to teach the kids, but not let them know they’re learning,” Ward told the Standard-Examiner.
Shakespeare in Detroit Connects Grade School Students to Theater, Click On Detroit (Michigan)
This fall, Shakespeare in Detroit facilitated a free out-of-school time educational program for students in third through 12th grade. In Shakespeare STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) students not only learned about performing a Shakespearean play, but also the technology behind lighting and sound design, the engineering elements of set construction and more. Speaking about the program’s staff, Artistic Director Sam White told Click On Detroit, “We look like their mother, their cousins, their neighbor. You can’t buy the type of connection that we have with these kids, so it was imperative in order for me to hold my head up high as a Detroiter and an artist to do this sort of work.”
Boys & Girls Club Opens Five New Clubs in Mobile County, NBC 15 (Alabama)
Students at five elementary and middle schools in Mobile, Alabama will soon benefit from Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama (BGCSA) afterschool programs thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. Each site will provide meals and homework help, and students will participate in science and technology projects, field trips and more. “If kids are in a safe and positive place after school at least three times a week, they do better academically, but they also stay out of trouble, because between the hours of three and seven is the highest time for juvenile crime in our community. So we're providing them a safe place where they already are,” BGCSA CEO Tim Hills told NBC 15.
Kids Get Fit and Have Fun with Cardio Drumming, ABC 7 (California)
The Boys & Girls Club at Burton Elementary afterschool program in Porterville, California recently introduced children to fun way to get physically active while learning music. In ‘cardio drumming,’ students create rhythms by hitting materials such as yoga balls and plastic storage tubs with drumsticks using dance-like motions. “You know a lot of the kids don't like to exercise at all," instructor Rocio Ramirez told ABC 7. “Sometimes they don't even want to go outside, so I thought it was different, they could exercise and have fun at the same time."
The Bridge Teen Center Celebrates 10,000 Students!, Patch (Illinois)
The Bridge Teen Center in Orland Park, Illinois is celebrating the milestone of serving 10,000 students in the decade since it...
WCU Receives Grant to Improve Skills of Children Who Are English Language Learners, The News Herald (North Carolina)
Thanks to 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding, children who are...
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...
Mighty Writers Awarded Longwood Grant, Chadds Ford Live (Pennsylvania)
When schools and programs closed due to the pandemic in March, the Mighty Writers afterschool program in Philadelphia,...
Hampton After-School Program Gets a STEM Boost from Flying Classroom, The Daily Press (Virginia)
Eleven afterschool programs in Hampton, Virginia funded by the 21st Century Community Learning...
Esther Elonga: Afterschool Programs Even More Important During a Pandemic, New Hampshire Union Leader (New Hampshire)
When Esther Elonga came to the United States as a refugee at the age of 16,...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Afterschool Girls + STEAM Program Launches, Fosters (Delaware)
In Delaware, girls in the Seymour Osman Community Center afterschool program learn engineering concepts by working with UV reactive beads, building sun-resistant shelters, and more. The new “Girls + STEAM” (science,...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 11/21/18
Ten Significant Accomplishments of the African Community Learning Program in 2018, The Philadelphia Sunday Sun (Pennsylvania)
University of Pennsylvania senior Aminata Sy founded the African Community Learning Program in October 2017 to inspire academic achievement among 1st to 8th grade...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/09/19