LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
After-School Program Named for Some of Sarasota’s First Black School Administrators, Herald-Tribune (Florida)
At a new afterschool program in Sarasota, Florida, children living in a mixed-income housing community will create relationships with college students who serve as mentors, get academic support, build character and enhance their social and emotional skills. The program is named after Earl and Mary Watts, some of the county’s first African American school administrators, and was born out of a collaboration between the Sarasota Housing Authority, the United Way Suncoast, and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. “I always say Sarasota is a unique place because we address problems as a group …,” Schools Superintendent Todd Bowden told the Herald-Tribune. “I think this is a perfect example of an identified issue — that these kids need support outside of the school all day. It benefits the kids, it benefits the schools and it benefits the community as a whole, so we have a lot to be excited about today.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Virginia is Celebrating 100 Years with This Book, Southside Daily (Virginia)
To celebrate its 100th anniversary this year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia collaborated with a local high school’s literacy fellowship to produce a book about the organization’s past, present and future. To write the book, high schoolers conducted 99 interviews with business leaders, alumni, current students and others about what the organization’s afterschool programs offer the community. “All the things family can ask of you and do for you, it seems to be what the Boys & Girls helps bring,” teacher David Kidd, who edited the book, told the Southside Daily. “With a real sense of community and a sense of belonging.”
‘You Have a Voice’: Young Philly Writers Take a Stand Against Gun Violence, WHYY (Pennsylvania)
Students in the Mighty Writers afterschool program in Philadelphia recently presented an original anti-violence booklet to city and state lawmakers at a panel focused on the city’s gun violence epidemic. Mighty Writers helps students develop their voices through writing about issues that matter to them. In the book, students discuss how their communities have been impacted by violence. “People who help run Philadelphia, they should provide more resources, more education on things you can do as an alternative,” student Shamsa Belgrave told WHYY. “Provide classes to help people with PTSD who are suffering from these crimes that are committed by people every day.”
YWCA Afterschool Program Moves Full STEAM Ahead, El Paso Inc. (Texas)
More than 2,000 students at 41 schools are exposed to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) at afterschool programs facilitated by the YWCA El Paso del Norte Region in Texas. Students take part in hands-on activities such as computer programming and math games designed to build a strong foundation in various STEAM subjects. “We just want the program to spark an interest, to find the joy and excitement of learning these things and how they are used in the outside world,” Program Coordinator Pricilla Reyes told El Paso Inc.
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,...
JCPS' New Summer School Program Offers Virtual Adventures, Big-Ticket Prizes, Courier Journal (Kentucky)
Through the Jefferson County Public Schools’ online “Summer League”...
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