Weekly Media Roundup: September 13, 2023


Weekly Media Roundup: September 13, 2023

Afterschool Program Helps Madison Students Breathe for Change, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin)

At the Meadowood Neighborhood Center’s afterschool program in Madison, Wisconsin, students learn to reduce stress by controlling their breathing, practicing yoga, reading books to therapy dogs and participating in other social-emotional learning practices. “We piloted pieces of it last year, and now we are to a point where we are ready to fully implement programming,” Tauri Robinson, director of the Meadowood Neighborhood Center, told the Wisconsin State Journal. “It’s changed my life. I’ve seen it impact some of our children, especially our children with higher needs.” The center offers two afterschool programs, one for elementary school children and another for middle and high school students.

‘A Breath of Fresh Air’: How San Diego Families Are Impacted by Free After School Programs, KPBS (California)

With additional state funding, the San Diego Unified School District in California has increased the number of spots available in its free PrimeTime afterschool program this year, cutting its waitlist in half to 1,000 students. “I remember the exact moment that I found out that [my sons] had been accepted into the program, and I was jumping up and down for joy,” Deniece Hasson, mother of three elementary school aged boys, told KPBS. “Being able to alleviate that part of the budget was just a breath of fresh air to know that we have room to save, to do other things and not have to worry about sort of paycheck to paycheck, making sure that we are able to cover these costs.”

Education Secretary Praises Springfield After-School Program During Visit, The Associated Press

Last week, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona visited Fairview Elementary School’s SCOPE afterschool program in Springfield, Illinois to promote the Education Department’s “Raise the Bar: Lead the World” initiative. During the visit, Secretary Cardona praised the school’s partnership with the Springfield Boys & Girls Club and emphasized the importance of community partnerships with schools to meet students’ needs. “I’m going to places where I can lift up examples of what’s happening. This after school program is an example of what we need to see across the country to meet students where they are,” Secretary Cardona told the Associated Press

Chicago Youth Programs Often End With the Summer. Young People Want More., The Trace (Illinois)

Research demonstrates out-of-school time programming’s potential to reduce violence, but young people in Chicago say there’s not enough opportunities during the school year compared to the summertime. “So many kids are being left behind because they can’t afford [afterschool programs],” Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant told The Trace. “Publicly funded programs don’t have enough resources to serve more kids.” A recent WBEZ analysis showed Chicago teenagers struggle to find recreational opportunities outside of downtown. Programs including the One City Basketball League are working to fill the gap by expanding to provide programming throughout the year.

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'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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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, (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...

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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

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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