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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Survey: Afterschool Participation Drops to Lowest Rate Since 2009, As Providers Seek Funding for Students During Pandemic, The 74 Million
Data from America After 3PM, a household survey...
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