LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Girls Inc. Launches STEM-Based Program At New College, SRQ Magazine (Florida)
In addition to summer and afterschool programs, Girls Inc. of Sarasota, Florida is expanding its STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) opportunities for girls through a multi-year program with New College. The Eureka! program is designed to encourage eighth graders to pursue STEM careers and includes courses at New College over the summers and paid internships once the girls enter high school. “Building community partnerships is crucial to New College’s success and we were so glad to introduce these girls to a college science environment—we hope some of them join our campus community in a few years,” New College Foundation Executive Director MaryAnne Young told SRQ Magazine.
Covanta Powers Haverhill YMCA’s STEAM Club With Support for Engineering Program, WHAV (Massachusetts)
Thanks to financial support from Covanta, a local waste-to-energy company, students at Haverhill YMCA in Massachusetts are participating in engineering programs after school. “Participants design their own remote controlled hydraulic arms, learn to harness energy to power race cars and experiment with structural design. Plus, students can keep their inventions and proudly share their projects with family and friends,” YMCA Regional Executive Director Tracy Fuller told WHAV.
New After-School Program Serves Foster, Immigrant, and Unhoused Youth in the East Bay, The Oaklandside (California)
At Project re:Fresh, a new, free afterschool program in Oakland, California, students get help with homework, connect with mentors, take engaging field trips to local sites such as a rock-climbing gym, and work on creative projects. Teacher Junia Kim created the program to serve students facing instability, including those with unstable housing, students who immigrated to the United States as unaccompanied minors, and those in the foster care system. “I began my interest in all of this as a teacher, having youth come in and disappear for a few months and then come back. I thought, ‘What would it look like if we created a program for them?’” Kim told the Oaklandside.
River Music Experience Brings Power of Music into After-School Programs with “InTune”, Our Quad Cities (Minnesota)
A new initiative in Davenport, Minnesota is expanding access to music education and helping students learn new skills and express themselves. The River Music Experience’s “InTune” program sends teaching artists to afterschool programs to connect with students and lead programming based on their interests. InTune is currently partnered with two afterschool programs and plans to expand. “It’s having something for kids to do after school, give them something to do, pique their interest in something they may be interested in,” singer and InTune teaching artist Dwayne Hodges told Our Quad Cities. “We’re doing aspects of alleviating stress, being able to defuse anger, doing something they love to do.”
Beatrice After School Program Granted Another Five Years, Beatrice Daily Sun (Nebraska)
At the Beatrice Learning After School Time (BLAST) program in Beatrice, Nebraska, more than 170 students...
Clark, Champaign Organizations Awarded Grants for Student Academic Needs, Well-Being, Springfield News-Sun (Ohio)
Thanks to a $2.1 million Summer Learning and Afterschool Opportunities grant from...
Wimauma After School Program Provides Consistent, Safe Place for Students to Grow, ABC Action News (Florida)
At the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida,...
Hogansville Hosts 5K Race to Benefit After School Program, Pioneer Youth, LaGrange Daily News (Georgia)
The city of Hogansville, Georgia hosted the first annual Run HGVL 5K race to support Pioneer...
Cut-A-Thon Helps Raise Money for Instruments for Youth, WTVQ (Kentucky)
The Lexington Leadership Foundation in Kentucky hosted a haircut-a-thon at its Woodhill Community Center facility to raise...
SCDE Plans to Expand Summer and After-School Programs with $14.5 million, WISTV (South Carolina)
Thanks to $12 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funding, the South...
Children of the Valley After-School Program Comes to Sedro-Woolley, Go Skagit (Washington)
An afterschool program that boosts students’ academic, social and emotional skills recently opened a new site in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. At the Children of the Valley afterschool program, students...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/27/22
Season for Sharing Grant Used by MentorKids for Afterschool and Tutoring Programs, Arizona Republic (Arizona)
More than 300 students in Phoenix, Arizona benefit from afterschool and summer programming provided by MentorKids, supported in part by a grant from the Arizona Republic’s Season...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/19/22
ACE Clubs Offer Unique After-School Activities, Academic Support, Herald Bulletin (Indiana)
Each afternoon, students at ACE Clubs in Anderson, Indiana enjoy a variety of activities, including publishing their own books, leather crafting, cooking classes and painting. “We’re always...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/12/22
Woodstock Day School Media Arts Program Awarded Grant, HudsonValley360 (New York)
Thanks to a $49,500 grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, students in Ulster County, New York will have the opportunity to learn filmmaking at a new media arts afterschool program at Woodstock Day...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/05/22
Virginia Beach Before & After School Programs Saved After Surge of Applicants, WTKR (Virginia)
After the approval of a pay rate increase, the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department received hundreds of applicants seeking employment at its before and afterschool programs. The influx...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/22/21
With Toys, Books and Love, Granny's House Provides After-School Programs to Children, Columbia Missourian (Missouri)
Each day at the Granny’s House afterschool program in Columbia, Missouri, children enjoy outdoor activities, homework assistance, science clubs and field trips with...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/15/21
Weekly Media Roundup, December 8, 2021
Cleveland County Family YMCA Addresses Learning Loss, The Star (North Carolina)
To help students catch up on reading skills amidst the pandemic, the Cleveland County Family YMCA in North Carolina is partnering with Learning Ovations, a community literacy...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/08/21
Lincoln County Afterschool Center Thrives From Community Support, Idaho Ed News (Idaho)
Throughout the summer, AmeriCorps volunteers, businesses and community members helped refurbish a former church in Lincoln County, Idaho into a thriving community center offering child care, meals,...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/01/21
'We're All Family Here': Columbus Community Center Pilots Program to Connect with Students, The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
At a new afterschool program in Columbus, Ohio, seventh- and eighth-graders get academic support, work on goal-setting, play sports, connect with mentors and more....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 11/24/21
‘Worst-Case Scenario’: VB Parks & Rec Closing 14 Before/Afterschool Childcare Programs Due to Staffing Shortage, WAVY-TV (Virginia)
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation announced it will close three before-school and 11 afterschool programs starting January 3 due to ongoing...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 11/17/21
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 providing in-person programming for students each afternoon. The program provides enrichment activities and...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/13/21
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