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Weekly Media Roundup: September 16, 2020

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Weekly Media Roundup: September 16, 2020

A Different Look: Noblesville Boys & Girls Club Forges Ahead with Smaller Numbers, Current (Indiana)

At the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville in Noblesville, Indiana, students get help with homework, explore science, technology, engineering, and math, develop their artistic abilities, shadow elected officials such as the county prosecutor, and more. Recently, the in-person afterschool program reopened after a period of virtual programming, with strict social distancing measures that include smaller numbers of students, masks, and contact-tracing. “They are getting outside a lot, making sure we’re in gym time,” Executive Director Becky Terry told Current. “We’re promoting [a] healthy lifestyle. We really are providing everything we usually provide in some fashion. It just might look a little different right now.”

Organizations Expand Program Offerings to Serve New Haven Students with At-Home Learning, Eyewitness News 3 (Connecticut)

Multiple organizations and afterschool programs in New Haven, Connecticut, are stepping up to provide safe, socially distanced environments for students to do distance learning this fall. For example, the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven recently launched a new Learning Hub, which opens at 8am each weekday. At the Learning Hub, students can get help with their virtual learning as well as breakfast and lunch. The Greater New Haven Clergy Association recently opened a similar hub at First Calvary Baptist Church. “There are many children out there who need our assistance, and the more that can help, the better,” Barbara Chesler, the interim executive director of The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven, told WSFB-TV.

Keene YMCA to Launch Afterschool Program with Federal Aid, Sentinel Source (New Hampshire)
Thanks to funding included in the CARES Act, middle schoolers in Keene and Swanzey, New Hampshire will soon have access to an afterschool program that includes mental health support, leadership development, tutoring, fitness activities, substance abuse prevention, social and emotional learning, mentorship and more. Created by the Keene Family YMCA, the program is designed to support students who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. “The program is specifically to target teenagers that are really struggling,” Program Coordinator Peter Sebert told the Sentinel Source. “We hope to use our connections with all of our community partners, like [Monadnock Family Services], the city of Keene and Keene Housing, to really get referrals for some of these high-risk teenagers.”

Afterschool Program Extends Hours to Help Students Learning Virtually, WCIA-TV (Illinois)

From 8am to 5pm each weekday this fall, the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club in Champaign, Illinois, is holding an academic support program at which more than 100 students in kindergarten through 12th grade can do remote learning while their parents work. Then, at 5:30pm, students can join the afterschool program, which offers performing arts, workforce readiness programming, guest speakers and more. “We understood that a lot of our families may need Wi-Fi; they made need some academic support. Everyone’s not technologically sound and [they’re] getting onto different apparatuses. We felt that we could play a role and help with that,” Director of Operations Charles Burton told WCIA-TV.

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Where Atlanta Parents Turn When Children Can’t Do Online School at Home, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia) Afterschool providers throughout Atlanta, Georgia are stepping up to provide safe, supportive environments for students to do distance learning while their parents are...

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Weekly Media Roundup: August 19, 2020

After-School Programs Adjusting to COVID-19 Challenges, Live 5 News (South Carolina) Several organizations in Charleston, South Carolina are finding creative ways to support students as the start of a new school year approaches. For example, the Metanoia Youth Leadership Academy will offer...

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Weekly Media Roundup: August 12, 2020

Safe Spaces: Back-To-School Options For Cleveland's Working Parents, Idea Stream (Ohio) This fall, when Cleveland schools open remotely, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio is planning to serve more than 500 students with enriching all-day, in-person programming. To do so, the Club...

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Weekly Media Roundup, August 5, 2020

The After School All Stars Program Provides Support for Both Students and Parents, WSFL-TV (Florida) When schools closed due the pandemic, After School All Stars (ASAS) quickly found ways to support students and families remotely, first with a virtual afterschool program and then with a virtual...

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Weekly Media Roundup: July 29, 2020

Prime Time Palm Beach Continues Programs, Lake Okeechobee News (Florida) When schools closed due to the pandemic, Prime Time Palm Beach County quickly created an online library where families could choose from more than 2,000 learning activities designed to help students discover new interests...

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Weekly Media Roundup: July 22, 2020

ACPS’s Summer Learning Classes Aid Coronavirus Learning Slump, Local DVM (Virginia) This summer, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) in Virginia are offering free virtual summer learning classes to all students to keep them engaged, academically enriched, and connected to one another....

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Weekly Media Roundup: July 15, 2020

Hoops and Homework Centers in Framingham Reopen with ‘Super Duper Excited’ Students, Metrowest Daily News (Massachusetts) When schools and programs closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hoops and Homework afterschool program quickly pivoted to supporting students through...

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Weekly Media Roundup: July 8, 2020

Boys & Girls Club Delivers Camp For Kids, New Haven Independent (Connecticut) This week, about 60 students ages five to 14 started a six-week summer learning camp at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven in Connecticut. Students are divided into small pods, wearing masks and practicing...

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Weekly Media Roundup: July 1, 2020

Learning Center to Have At-Home Learning Sessions, Meadeville Tribune (Pennsylvania) Each Monday through Thursday in July, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mentoring Program in Meadeville, Pennsylvania will hold interactive, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lessons online....

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Weekly Media Roundup: June 24, 2020

JCPS' New Summer School Program Offers Virtual Adventures, Big-Ticket Prizes, Courier Journal (Kentucky) Through the Jefferson County Public Schools’ online “Summer League” program, students in Louisville, Kentucky can explore new interests and keep their academic skills...

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