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Weekly Media Roundup: November 20, 2019

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Weekly Media Roundup: November 20, 2019

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."

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