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Weekly Media Roundup: November 29, 2023

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Weekly Media Roundup: November 29, 2023

Tackling Absenteeism: Kalamazoo Schools and Community Programs Unite to Keep Students Engaged, WWMT (Michigan)

With absenteeism at a historic high of 27 percent in 2022, Kalamazoo Public Schools in Michigan are working with local afterschool programs to develop relationships, improve attendance, and connect with students after the isolation of the pandemic. At Kzoo Parks afterschool programs, students in kindergarten through fifth grade take part in a variety of activities while also receiving academic support and one-on-one attention. “We give kids something to look forward to,” Kayla Todd, the Youth Development Coordinator for City of Kalamazoo, told WWMT. “If there are certain students who need to stand up, just stand up, or some kids do better if they're eating while they are doing their homework, we let them eat, we meet them where they are.”

U.S. Education Secretary Announces $6.5 Million Grant to Support Idaho Community School Programs, KTVB (Idaho)

Thanks to a $6.5 million federal grant, Idaho will be able to support and expand its community school programs throughout the state. Working in partnership with the United Way of Treasure Valley, the community schools offer resources such as before- and afterschool programs, summer programming, parenting classes and more. “We recognize that for every child to succeed in school, they need not only a lot of support academically, but to be healthy, well-rounded children,” United Way President Tim Jackson told KTVB. “If you think about the fact that more than 70% of Idaho is rural, and a lot of rural communities have limited additional resources to help children outside of the school setting, this grant is going to help bring those resources together and help to support those students.”

Nearly 90% of Public Schools Now Offer Afterschool Programs, Youth Today

Out-of-school-time grants from the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) have helped students across the country access quality afterschool programs – including in Northeast Kingdom, Vermont, where the funds support opportunities for students to explore cycling, martial arts, cooking and more. Advocates say more funding is needed as ESSER funds expire to ensure all students can benefit from afterschool and that programs can offer holistic enrichment activities. “Playing on a sports team, especially if you’re not an elite athlete, gives you all sorts of opportunities to interact with other people in a way that’s really positive. Being part of a school musical, being part of a paper — there’s all these activities that really give kids a sense of meaning and purpose,” Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant told Youth Today.

D.C. Teens, Now New Authors, Celebrate Book Launch, The Washington Post

At the Reach Incorporated afterschool program in D.C., teens serve as mentors and literacy tutors for younger students, while also working with editors and coaches to write and publish books. Last week, student authors celebrated their latest book launch, which included works focused on grief, climate change and more. Tenth grader Mya Majette told the Washington Post that she was inspired to co-author “Floods in a Flash” because there aren’t “that many books about natural disasters, and flash floods aren’t really talked about. Kids … deserve to know what’s happening in their world.”

Weekly Media Roundup: January 31, 2024

Advocates of Afterschool Opportunities Rally in Albany for $119M Funding Boost, Spectrum News 1 (New York) On Tuesday, afterschool leaders, students, and lawmakers gathered in Albany, New York to press for an additional $119 million in state funding to ensure universal access to afterschool. At...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/31/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 24, 2024

'Articulate Their Pain': Preventing Teen Suicide Through the Power of Music, Spectrum News 1 (North Carolina) DDAAT-App, a mental health nonprofit with an afterschool program in Charlotte, North Carolina, is partnering with The Bridge, a music studio, to give students access to recording...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/24/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 17, 2024

Bessie Coleman After School Aviation Program to be Tested in Oklahoma, General Aviation News (Oklahoma) Sixth and 7th graders in Tulsa, Oklahoma are exploring careers in aerospace and aeronautics by building planes, flying drones, and participating in other hands-on projects thanks to a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/17/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 10, 2024

Glendale Middle School Coach Who Inspires All Gifted With Dream Team Surprise, Fox 13 (Utah) This week, Fox 13’s “Dream Team” in Salt Lake City surprised Glendale Middle School physical education teacher, coach and afterschool program director Lucas Tucker at a school assembly...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/10/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 3, 2024

Robbinsville Extended Day Program is Much More than Childcare, Communitynews.org (New Jersey) At the Sharon Elementary School’s Robbinsville Extended Day (RED) program in New Jersey, students take part in yoga, financial literacy courses, robotics, cooking classes, sign language...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/03/24

Weekly Media Roundup: December 20, 2023

Numerous Metro Detroit Before- and After-School Programs to Receive Portion of $50M MiLEAP Grant, WXYZ (Michigan) Thanks to $50 million in grants from the Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP), 67,000 Michigan students will be able to attend...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/20/23

Weekly Media Roundup: December 13, 2023

Federal Grant Helps Restart University of Tulsa Partnership With Kendall-Whittier Elementary, Tulsa World (Oklahoma) Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, college students from the University of Tulsa will once again help lead the Youth Scholars afterschool program at...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/13/23

Weekly Media Roundup: December 6, 2023

Wakeman Boys & Girls Club's Financial Literacy Program Aims to Give Bridgeport Teens Life Skills, The Register Citizen (Connecticut) Teens in Bridgeport, Connecticut will learn about credit cards, loans, budgeting, college financial planning and more as part of Wakeman Boys & Girls...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/06/23

Weekly Media Roundup: November 29, 2023

Tackling Absenteeism: Kalamazoo Schools and Community Programs Unite to Keep Students Engaged, WWMT (Michigan) With absenteeism at a historic high of 27 percent in 2022, Kalamazoo Public Schools in Michigan are working with local afterschool programs to develop relationships, improve attendance,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      11/29/23

Weekly Media Roundup: November 22, 2023

Bend Park District Helps Student Workers with College Tuition, The Bulletin (Oregon) At Bend Park and Recreation District’s Kids Inc. afterschool program, college students from Central Oregon Community College (COCC) and Oregon State University-Cascades are leading STEAM (science,...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      11/22/23