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Weekly Media Roundup: September 21, 2022

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Weekly Media Roundup: September 21, 2022

Many Children are Regularly Exposed to Gun Violence. Here's How to Help them Heal, National Public Radio

In the Cameron Community Ministries afterschool program in Rochester, New York, students learn leadership skills, take part in community-oriented projects, and connect with mentors – supports that program leaders say are especially important as many students have been impacted by gun violence in their neighborhood.  Public health experts note that afterschool programs are an essential community resource that help keep kids safe and support their mental health and wellbeing in the wake of gun violence. “You have these after school programs that are helping young people just identify who they are, what is it that they can do,” Riana Elyse Anderson, researcher at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, told National Public Radio. “When they live past 18, what is it that they want to contribute to their neighborhoods, to their families, to their culture, to themselves?”

Escambia Kids Have 'Nothing to Do After' School. Children's Trust Investing $6 Million to Fix It, Pensacola News Journal (Florida)

In response to the urgent need for more out-of-school time programs, Escambia Children’s Trust in Pensacola, Florida is providing $5,840,000 in grants to support local afterschool, before-school and summer programs. This past summer, teenagers attending a Youth Summit told Children’s Trust representatives that there are not enough programs for high school students. “They kept saying, 'There's nothing for us to do. There’s nowhere for us to go. We don’t have anything to do after school,’” Children’s Trust Executive Director Tammy Greer told Pensacola News Journal. The grants will also help expand full-day preschool options in Pensacola.

Misty Copeland's New Foundation Focuses on Diversity, Equity in Dance, Fox 5 (New York)

In conjunction with the launch of her new foundation to increase diversity in dance, acclaimed American Ballet Theatre dancer Misty Copeland is opening a free 12-week afterschool program at two New York City Boys & Girls Clubs. BE BOLD (Ballet Explorations/Ballet Offers Leadership Development) will introduce students ages eight to ten to the world of ballet. “It’s really an opportunity to give young people in underrepresented and under-resourced communities an opportunity to experience the joy of ballet — making it affordable and accessible, which you don't often get with such an elite art form," Copeland told Fox 5. Copeland began ballet lessons at the age of 13 at a Boys & Girls Club in San Pedro, California and went on to become the first Black female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre.

Lowell After-School Program Aims to ‘Level the Playing Field’ for Kids Interested in STEM, The Lowell Sun (Massachusetts)

Thanks to a partnership between Kids in Tech and the Lowell Housing Authority, students living in affordable housing in Lowell, Massachusetts have access to afterschool programs offering hands-on activities in coding and robotics. “I believe that talent comes from everywhere, and every kid deserves access. Every kid, with early exposure, deserves a chance to know, ‘Oh, wow, I can be a coder. I can be an engineer. I can be a graphic designer. I can do all these things,’” Founder and CEO Olu Ibrahim told the Lowell Sun. “Our hope is to open kids’ eyes into how integrated tech is into everything and how they can build and become innovators in their own lives.”

Weekly Media Roundup, July 20, 2022

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

Weekly Media Roundup, May 25, 2022

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

Weekly Media Roundup: May 18, 2022

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