LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
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 opened its doors in 2010. The program serves 7th through 12th graders from the greater Chicago area and northwest Indiana with free programs that help students develop mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually in a safe environment during the after school hours. “This special place belongs to the community, and it stands as a testament to what can be accomplished when committed and caring people rally together around a common cause,” said Priscilla Steinmetz, Bridge Teen Center founder and executive director and an Afterschool Ambassador for the Afterschool Alliance. To gain experience and raise money, Bridge Teen Center students run a (now socially distanced) Thrift Store.
Boys & Girls Clubs offers second home for families who feel they have nowhere else to go: Season of Sharing 2020, Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News (Oregon)
When the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro’s Regence site surveyed students to ask what they need, one student responded: I need you. The Clubs provide meals, homework help, computer programming, art, music, sports and more to 6,400 students whose families are struggling with food and housing insecurity. It closed its facilities in March when the pandemic hit, providing only virtual academic support for several months until it began reopening its sites on a limited basis last month. “I was very happy because being connected to Boys & Girls Clubs is like a second home to me,” said 18-year-old Malik Jackson, who has been in the program since first grade. “I always loved this place. There is no place I would rather go to but here. It’s special to me because as you start coming here you start learning from others, the things they’ve gone through in their life.”
Giving Matters: Creative Advancement Center in Greer provides after-school care, enrichment activities and more, Greenville Journal (South Carolina)
Corporate leader Dan Dudley worked with school systems, parks and recreation departments, faith-based organizations and others, and won support from local businesses to create the Creative Advancement Centers afterschool program four years ago. Based in Greer, the program provides meals and works to improve students’ grades and school retention rates. “We help with homework and provide a nutritious meal. Parents can be sure their kids are in a safe environment,” Dudley said. “We also take field trips to places like Washington, D.C., and the slave markets in Charleston. They’re able to see history outside the classroom, so when they read about it, it’s exciting.” Creative Advancement Centers recently won a grant from the Community Foundation of Greenville.
Garden Pellissippi Youth Scholars program to start in January at MLK Center, The Daily Times (Tennessee)
A $50,000 grant from the Arconic Foundation is making it possible for the Pellissippi Youth Scholars Program to give middle school students from two afterschool programs hands-on opportunities to explore careers in advanced manufacturing and coding. The program is recruiting volunteers from local industry to work with students, who will have the chance to explore robotics, additive manufacturing, coding, pneumatics and other potentially high-paying careers. “The earlier a student is introduced to these jobs, the sooner they will see an optimistic future open to career-connected learning,” said Teri Brahams, executive director for economic and workforce development at Pellissippi State. “Exposing students to these career opportunities in middle school will allow them to better use their time in high school to prepare for the path they’ll take after graduation.”
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