LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Non-profit Looks to Bring Hope to Chadbourn Youth, WWAY-TV (North Carolina)
A new afterschool program in Chadbourn, North Carolina will focus on mentorship, athletics, academics, and character development. Robbie ‘Pedro’ Stephens, a retired military officer and juvenile counselor, founded First Hope Foundation, which will host the program, to help young people in Columbus County succeed in school and in life. “After speaking numerous times with the leaders of the First Hope Foundation, I am looking forward to the many activities that are in store for our community. I feel that the opening of the center is going to be a huge asset to our town and the surrounding areas,” Chadbourn Mayor Phillip Britt told WWAY-TV. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for their hard work and compassion for our town.”
Boys & Girls Club Metro South, Taunton YMCA, & Girls Inc. Receive $166K ARPA Grant, Taunton Daily Gazette (Massachusetts)
The City of Taunton awarded $166,000 in American Rescue Plan funding to three out-of-school-time providers to fund onsite social workers at afterschool programs. The initiative is part of the city’s Make It OK campaign, which promotes emotional wellbeing among young people. Jessica Johnstone Darling, executive director of Girls, Inc. of Taunton, told the Taunton Daily Gazette, “Social emotional learning opportunities and mental and behavioral health services are critical to our work to empower girls and offset the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic…. We are grateful for the Mayor's support and voice in recognizing the important role after-school programs play in the development of youth.”
As Missouri Hispanic Population Grows, Building Trust is Key to Bridging Cultural Gap, Missouri Independent (Missouri)
In Missouri, the Latinx youth population has more than doubled in the past 20 years. Recognizing the need for bilingual services and care in Columbia, Missouri, Eduardo Crespi founded Centro Latino to assist working families and build a sense of community. For nearly 20 years, the organization has offered afterschool programming and has seen tangible benefits. “Empowering people, I think that that is the best thing that could happen,” Crespi told the Missouri Independent. “You see kids who were in the afterschool program, now succeeding in college.” After providing a year of virtual programming, the organization is now back in-person, providing tutoring, mentoring and nutritious meals.
Baldwin County School District Offers Dinner Meals for Students in Afterschool Program, WMGT-TV (Georgia)
In addition to providing daily snacks, Georgia’s Baldwin County School District will now offer dinner four nights a week to students attending its afterschool programs. “I think it’s just another offering we can do for our community,” school nutrition director Susan Nelson told WMGT-TV. “Especially right now during Covid-19, where some people’s work may have been cut or they might have lost their job or finances are tight. It just ensures that they’re getting a healthy, balanced meal each day.” Funding for the meals is provided through the federal Child and Adult Care Food program.
Gwinnett Celebrating Importance of Afterschool Programs, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)
On October 28, Gwinnett County, Georgia, will celebrate Lights...
Non-profit Looks to Bring Hope to Chadbourn Youth, WWAY-TV (North Carolina)
A new afterschool program in Chadbourn, North Carolina will focus on mentorship, athletics, academics, and character...
Children of the Valley Program Expanding to Burlington, Sedro-Woolley, GoSkagit.com (Washington)
At the onset of the pandemic, the Mount Vernon School District in Washington state reached out to...
Staying Active: McAllen Club Navigating COVID Fears, Funding Cuts, The Monitor (Texas)
With strong community support, the Boys and Girls Club of McAllen, Texas has been able to keep its...
'Too young to do nothing,' Grandma's House Founder is Tulare's Woman of the Year, Visalia Times Delta (California)
When Flora Johnson retired as an elementary school principal...
Girls Inc. Kicks Off its After School Program for Girls, Messenger-Inquirer (Kentucky)
The Girls Inc. program in Owensboro, Kentucky resumed its After School Academy last week, during which...
Community Stepped Up When the Going Got Tough, Sandusky Register (Ohio)
When the pandemic hit, the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio immediately got to work to ensure students’ academic, physical and emotional needs were met. The Club partnered with Sandusky City Schools to...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/24/21
Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Unified School District Present Encore of BRAVO! Program, Noozhawk (California)
Through an ongoing collaboration with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) has continued to provide a free afterschool program to...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/17/21
A New Mural Was Created By Children And Artist At Reddick Elementary School In Wimauma, Osprey Observer (Florida)
Students from migrant families in the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida spent four weeks creating a mural promoting kindness at a nearby...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/10/21
Thousands of Dallas Children Are in Need of After-School Care, Survey Finds, The Dallas Morning News (Texas)
The America After 3PM survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance found that more than 101,000 children in Dallas, Texas aren’t in afterschool programs, but would be if a...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/03/21
MSCR Cares Program at Henderson Elementary Supports Students Indoors and Out, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin)
At Madison School and Community Recreation Cares sites in Madison, Wisconsin, about 650 elementary students spend their mornings doing remote learning with the support of trained...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/27/21
More Than Just an Afterschool Program: Española Nonprofit Plans for Expansion, KRQE (New Mexico)
Thanks to a $100,000 matching grant from the Thoma Art Foundation, Moving Arts Española will soon open a teen center where middle and high school students can access career...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/19/21
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
Girls Inc. Takes Creative Approach to Programming During COVID-19, The Daily Times (Tennessee)
At the in-person and virtual afterschool programs run by Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, about 200 girls explore engineering, science, and agriculture, reflect on song lyrics, journal, learn about...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/06/21
Lack Of Afterschool Program Access In Indiana Could Impact Education, Economic Recovery, WBAA (Georgia)
A recent household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance, America After 3PM, found that more than 400,000 children in Indiana cannot access the afterschool programs they need....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/23/20
Column: Hawaii Behind on Afterschool Programs, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Hawaii)
Although data from the household survey America After 3 PM showed Hawaii was a national leader in afterschool participation in 2009, the 2020 America After 3 PM report shows unmet demand for afterschool has...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/16/20
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
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