Weekly Media Roundup: September 11, 2019


Weekly Media Roundup: September 11, 2019

Junta’s After-School “Place” Thrives in New Home, New Haven Independent (Connecticut)

The Neighborhood Place (TNP), an afterschool program in New Haven, Connecticut, can now reach up to 75 students with academic support and artistic programming since moving into a larger space.  Junta for Progressive Action has facilitated the program for two decades. More than a quarter of this year’s students were displaced by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and all programming is conducted in both English and Spanish. Students learn to express themselves through art projects such as origami and drawing while forming relationships with college students. “TNP is an integral part of our mission,” Daniel Reyes, executive director of Junta for Progressive Action, told the New Haven Independent. “Both for the advancement of Latino youth, and for cuing up children for academic success.”

Future Artists Flourish in After School Program, KSAT-TV (Texas)

High schoolers in San Antonio, Texas spend up to nine hours a week immersed in the art world in a free afterschool program facilitated by the Blue Star Contemporary art museum. In the MOSAIC program, teens create original art, form relationships with mentors, and explore the art industry. Students also learn to price their own artwork and sell their creations at a Student Art Gallery. “In the MOSAIC program I’ve had a lot of opportunities to meet people I wouldn’t have normally,” a student told KSAT-TV. “I think moving forward I’ll always take this lesson that everyone has something to contribute, and that their art and what they’re doing has meaning to it.”

Kids at Morristown Neighborhood House ‘Garden Up’, (New Jersey)

As part of a yearlong environmental science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) project, students in the Morristown Neighborhood House afterschool and summer learning program in New Jersey constructed their own vertical gardens. The students worked with volunteer carpenters to build the gardens using wood, wire hooks, and chain links. Then, they grew fresh produce and made pizzas with their homegrown ingredients. “Amid the concrete and asphalt found in many urban cities, making the most of limited spaces to maximize food sources has been found to contribute significant environmental, social, economic and health benefits for our urban communities,” Director of Grants and Program Development Pamela DeMassi wrote in

Scottsbluff Partners to Expand Its After-School Programs for Students, Scottsbluff Star Herald (Nebraska)

At the Scottsbluff Public Schools After School Program in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, more than 200 students play active games to learn about Mars, build volcanoes, tracks or birds nests out of commonly available materials, get homework help and more. The program partners with community organizations to increase students’ exposure to new experiences. 4-H and the YMCA provide learning opportunities, and soon Beyond School Bells will visit with a mobile makerspace. “They get a snack, they get recess and they get a hands-on opportunity that they normally wouldn’t receive in a daycare,” Principal Jeremy Behnke told the Scottsbluff Star Herald. “The more hands-on opportunities we have, the deeper the learning.”

Weekly Media Roundup: June 10, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: June 3, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: May 27, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: May 20, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: May 13, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: May 6, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: April 29, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: April 15, 2020

After School Program Adjusting to Help Kids When There’s No School, (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

Views from VISTAs: Updates from March 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup, April 8, 2020

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