LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
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, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) program results from a partnership between the afterschool program and the STEAM Innovation Lab at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. The projects provide safe opportunities for girls to explore new skills and interests. “I try to make a point of mentioning that there are many different ways to solve a problem or approach a challenge,” School-Aged Programs Coordinator Colie Haahr told Fosters. “I hope this is something that will transfer to other areas of their lives. So when they are in a situation where there’s more pressure, they feel confident in their abilities to problem solve.”
Jarrett Allen Spends an Afternoon Grocery Shopping With 25 Kids, Kings County Politics (New York)
To prepare for Thanksgiving, students in the Children of Promise NYC afterschool program went grocery shopping with Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen, who provided each child with a $100 gift card and a grocery shopping list. In addition to helping alleviate the financial strain of a Thanksgiving meal, Allen used the trip to teach life skills, including budgeting and healthy eating. Children of Promise NYC provides a safe community, mentorship and holistic support to children who have a parent serving time in prison. The afterschool program “has been such an anchor of support for the community,” parent Cheyanne Crowder told Kings County Politics. “Whether it is their family engagement or mentorship programs, which my daughter is a part of, there is just tremendous support all around.”
Making A Difference: Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center Provides a Path to College, Los Angeles Wave Newspapers (California)
Since it was founded in 1990, the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center has grown from serving four boys to operating afterschool programs at six sites and serving more than 350 third to 12th grade students each year. Created in memory of a victim of gang violence, the Los Angeles program seeks to combat gang activity by building paths to college and careers for youth. Classes include robotics, aerospace engineering, architecture, coding, world languages and visual arts. “The community has been very supportive,” Executive Director Naomi McSwain told Los Angeles Wave Newspapers. “[They know] we provide a safe and nurturing environment that is committed to good citizenship and academic excellence.”
Eastpointe After-School Program Gives Students Hands-On Experience, C&G Newspapers (Michigan)
The C2 Pipeline afterschool program in Michigan builds pathways to college and careers for high school students through hands-on experiences. Throughout the year, students work on projects relating to business, health services, social services and STEM fields, and a summer component allows them to experience life as a college student. “[Students] are not just sitting in a desk… They learn from real medical professionals to take blood samples and take tests from patients. It better lets them envision themselves in that role,” Student Engagement Coordinator Maria Ventimiglia told C&G Newspapers.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Program connects young minds with learning at Boys & Girls Club (Lowell Sun, Massachusetts)
At a STEAM makerspace in Billerica, Mass., hands-on experiences with cutting-edge technology stimulate students’ love of learning. Created by the local Boys & Girls Club and supported by...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/18/18
Campers build confidence at Bricks 4 Kidz (The Bakersfield Californian, California)
At a day camp in Bakersfield, children spend their days building all kinds of structures with LEGO® bricks, learning STEM concepts along the way. With a different theme to inspire them each week, campers at...
BY: Emily Hecker 06/20/18
Free Camps Help Level Playing Field for Future US Soccer Stars, Voice of America
In Washington, D.C., a free soccer program provides a safe community, mentoring relationships, and quality sports education to low-income students. DC Scores reaches approximately 3,000 third- to eighth-grade...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/01/18
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
Making a model of Math Corps
In Detroit, Michigan, the Math Corps academic and mentoring program is looking to expand to Detroit public schools, several new states and potentially two West African countries. In its 26-year-history, Math Corps has reached approximately 3,000 low-income students...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/08/18