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Weekly Media Roundup: September 14, 2022

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Weekly Media Roundup: September 14, 2022

In- and After-School Programs Aim to Combat Mental Health Effects that COVID-19 Worsened, Youth Today

The National Center for Health Statistics reports that in 2021, seven in 10 public schools saw a rise in children seeking mental health services. To support student wellbeing, schools and out-of-school time programs across the country are incorporating social and emotional learning activities and increasing access to mental health professionals as students cope with the ongoing impacts of the pandemic. Advocates say states should leverage Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Response (ESSER) funds to support these efforts. ESSER funds “are providing mental health services and support — with set-asides for Black and brown youth — during school, after school, over the summer and virtually,” Pam McNall, founder and CEO of Respectful Ways, told Youth Today. “When students don’t have adequate access to mental health care, they don’t have the foundation they need to support them to learn well.”

Haywood County Rec Partnership Provides After-School Youth with Outdoor Adventure, The Mountaineer (North Carolina)

Thanks to a new partnership with Haywood County Recreation and Parks, First United Methodist Church (FUMC)’s free afterschool program in Waynesville, North Carolina, offered flyfishing, mountain biking and hiking outings this past spring. The outdoor adventures were well received by the middle school students attending the program and will be offered again this fall. “I heard nothing but positive feedback from students and parents. Both students and parents were very appreciative of the opportunities,” Anna Belle Lamar, director of youth outreach at FUMC, told the Mountaineer. “After fly fishing lessons, a student who lived close to the Rec Park started going down to fish on his own.”

Black Families Report High Unmet Demand, Barriers to Entry for After School Programs, Word in Black

Fifty-four percent of Black families would enroll their children in an afterschool program if one were available to them, a recent Afterschool Alliance survey found, with families citing lack of transportation, inadequate hours of operation, long waitlists and cost as significant barriers. Program leaders and experts say the disproportionate unmet demand for afterschool in Black communities widens the opportunity gap for students. “It’s missing out on an invaluable learning time where they could be finding new passions, figuring out what they want, the career path that they see themselves in, connecting with caring adults and mentors,” Nikki Yamashiro, vice president of research at the Afterschool Alliance, told Word in Black.

Knoxville After-School Program Expands to Help More At-Risk Kiids, WATE-TV (Tennessee)

The Thrive afterschool program in Knoxville, Tennessee is expanding its successful program to five sites this fall. Students will participate in a variety of engaging activities, receive homework help and have dinner together each day after school. “[In] a lot of cases there’s more than a one to one ratio of volunteers and interns to a student, and I’ve seen incredible outcomes as our students have gone on to college,” Holly Kizer, a grant writer for Thrive, told WATE-TV. “In 2021 we had 80 percent of our seniors go to college which is unheard of in these communities, so we are truly invested in every area of these students’ lives.”

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After-School Programs Are Part of Addressing Pandemic-Related Issues, But Funding is a Challenge, Hawai’i Public Radio (Hawai’i) Research shows classroom disruptions and student behavior problems have increased during the pandemic. Afterschool leaders in Hawai’i say...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/20/22

Weekly Media Roundup: July 13, 2022

Camp Promotes Essential Bond Between Sports and Mental Health, The Bradford Sun (Pennsylvania) This summer, mental health professionals are joining the 21st Century Sports Camp in Bradford, Pennsylvania to talk to students about coping with their emotions, self-care, and other social-emotional...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/13/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 29, 2022

Young Readers Recognized for Their Achievements at Vicksburg City Hall, Vicksburg Post (Mississippi) To celebrate a successful first year, students from the Post-COVID Educational Enhancement Program in Vicksburg, Mississippi took a trolley ride to city hall to meet with Vicksburg Mayor George...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/29/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 22, 2022

When the End of School Means the Beginning of Summer Learning Loss … and What This Local Nonprofit is Doing About it, Brooklyn Reader (New York) For six weeks this summer, more than 100 students in Horizons NYC’s summer learning program will learn to swim and kayak, participate in a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/22/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 15, 2022

Spanish American Center Gets United Way Grants for After-School Programs, Leominster Champion (Massachusetts) Continuing its ongoing support of afterschool programs, the United Way of North Central Massachusetts recently awarded $398,800 in grants to 18 local Massachusetts agencies for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/15/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 8, 2022

After-School Programs Band Together to Build Bots, Shoshone News-Press (Idaho) The Pinehurst Elementary After-School Solution program and the Kellogg Middle School WISE afterschool program joined together to celebrate last month’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) night in...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/08/22

Weekly Media Roundup: May 25, 2022

YMCA’s “Find My Genius” Now an After-School Program, Citizens Journal (California) With a grant from California’s Expanded Learning Opportunities Program, the Southeast Ventura County YMCA has transformed its Find My Genius summer enrichment program into an afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/01/22

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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 take part in fun, educational activities ranging from robotics to sewing. Students also grow their own...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/25/22

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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 the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), the Champaign Family YMCA and Graham Local School District...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/18/22

Weekly Media Roundup: May 11, 2022

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, children of migrant workers enjoy participating in yoga classes, painting murals with local artists and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/11/22