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Weekly Media Roundup: October 18, 2023

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Weekly Media Roundup: October 18, 2023

Participation in Boston Summer Learning Programs Reached All-Time High This Year, WBUR (Massachusetts)

This past summer, nearly one in four Boston youths between the ages of five and 14 participated in the city’s educational summer programs and many of the programs were provided at no cost. “I honestly believe it’s the way to get our kids back and beyond where they were prior to the pandemic,” Massachusetts Education Commissioner Jeff Riley told WBUR. “The safe, trusting and nurturing environments that [schools and centers] are creating are just what our kids need right now, more than ever before.” The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education plans to financially support summer programs next year and are exploring revenue sources to help sustain these popular programs.

After School Programs Receive Donations for Digital Literacy, Wyoming Tribune Eagle (Wyoming)

Thanks to a $15,000 donation from AT&T, students at the After School for Kids (ASK) program in Cheyenne, Wyoming and the Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne will learn coding, typing and cybersecurity. “A lot of people assume that our kids have everything that they need when they go to school, and that’s not true,” Justin Pendleton, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne, told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. “A lot of our kids, when they leave the school building, they don’t have access to the technology that is needed to do their homework to continue to grow as young adults.” Each program also received 50 computers to donate to students.

Homegrown Hillsborough Gives Everyone a Chance to Grow Their Own Food, WFTS-TV (Florida)

At the SEEDFOLKids afterschool program in Tampa, Florida, elementary schoolers are learning to plant, harvest and cook their own food. The program is part of a network of organizations, Homegrown Hillsborough, which aim to combat food insecurity, provide nutrition education, and promote food justice at a systems level. “We think it's important that kids really understand where food comes from and that they have the power within themselves to create their own destinies [once they understand], ‘I can create my own food,’” SEEDFOLKids founder Jeanette Bradley told WFTS-TV.

Maui YMCA Launches After-School Program for Keiki Affected by Maui Wildfires, Lahaina News (Hawaii)
Students who have been displaced by the Maui wildfires are taking part in theater, dance, physical activities, tutoring and more at the Maui Family YMCA’s afterschool program in Lahaina. With funding from the Maui Strong Fund, the program serves more than 200 students who are temporarily housed at the Westin Hotel and provides transportation from students’ distance learning hubs. “Getting our kids engaged and back to some sense of normalcy is so important. We are happy to partner with the Westin and other organizations to provide a safe and fun haven for our keiki,” Maui Family YMCA CEO Mike Morris told the Lahaina News. “We are grateful for the support of the Hawai’i Community Foundation to make it all happen.”

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