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Weekly Media Roundup: October 4, 2023

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Weekly Media Roundup: October 4, 2023

N.Y. Afterschool Programs Work to Support Academic, Emotional Needs, Spectrum News 1 (New York)

Afterschool programs across New York State are helping students catch up on academics while addressing their emotional needs. Rural communities tend to have fewer after school options because many are without community centers that might host programs. But Wayne M.O.S.T. (Maximizing Out-of-School Time) in upstate New York is aiming to change that by hosting a training for teachers from multiple districts who are interested in working in afterschool. “There’s a certain fatigue for kids being in school all day,” teacher Melisa Blankenberg, who is in her first year working at an afterschool program, told Spectrum 1. “But then after school they have a different ambition because it is not just all paper pencil activities or just sitting and listening all day and they get to be more active learners.”

Zuni Youth Enrichment Project Partners with Local School District to Offer In- and After-School Programs, Native News Online (New Mexico)

The Zuni Youth Enrichment Project (ZYEP) and Zuni Public School District are collaborating to offer afterschool programming, including Rooted in Healthy Traditions. The 10-week program at Shiwi Ts’ana Elementary is supported by Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country (a program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the New Mexico Department of Health. Children engage in physical activity and special focus areas, including traditional art, knowledge sharing, and food sovereignty. “They’re comfortable with us, they can vocalize their needs — they’ve been taking in the lessons,” ZYEP Youth Development Coordinator Kiara “Kiki” Zunie told Native News Online.  “Someday they might become youth leaders, and then they might even join our team. That is the dream.”

Tennessee Titans Surprise Students with New Tech Lab at Looby Community Center, WTVF (Tennessee)

To advance digital equity in Nashville, the Tennessee Titans partnered with the NFL Foundation to open a new technology lab at Looby Community Center, complete with laptops, tablets, and high-speed internet. Students from the Center’s afterschool program joined Tennessee Titan’s T-Rac for the lab’s grand opening. “For a very long time there has not been a lot of investment in North Nashville so that has created a tremendous amount of needs in the community and so there is a great digital divide,” Nashville Metro Council Member Kyonzte Toombs told WTVF. “A lot of children don’t even have a computer at home. They may not have Internet access. So, to have this right here in a central location is a tremendous resource.”

The Maritime Aquarium Wins AZA Education Award, Fairfield’s HamletHub (Connecticut)

Connecticut’s Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk received the Association of Zoos & Aquarium’s highest education award for its Maritime Summer Academy. Working in partnership with Norwalk Public Schools, the five-week summer program offers disadvantaged students engaging conservation projects and enrichment activities, including trips on the aquarium’s research vessel. “The collaboration with the Maritime Aquarium has been instrumental in reshaping our Summer Academy, turning it into a dynamic and immersive learning experience that goes beyond traditional summer schooling, ultimately enhancing the educational journey for our scholars,” Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alexandra Estrella told Fairfield’s HamletHub. Nearly 800 students attended the summer program this year.

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...

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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...

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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...

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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