LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
YMCA Expands its Mission During COVID-19 Pandemic, The Times News (Tennessee)
When schools and afterschool programs closed due to the pandemic in March, the Greater Kingsport Family YMCA in Kingsport, Tennessee quickly expanded its afterschool program to function all day for more than 130 children of essential workers. This fall, the program has expanded to 20 socially distanced virtual learning labs through which students can work on distance learning with support from adult mentors. The YMCA also brings meals, life skills activities, fun games and homework help directly to underserved neighborhoods through its ‘Y on Wheels’ program. “Nothing we’re doing now is going away. There’s always going to be those needs out in the community,” Reagan Pierce, senior director of youth development, told the Times News. “If no one else is going to reach these kids, why shouldn’t we be doing it. We’re the Y.”
City's Largest After-school Program to Resume In-Person Care, ABC 7 (New York)
About 40,000 students in 130 schools in New York City attend robust afterschool programs facilitated by New York Edge, where they explore new interests and potential careers, get tutoring, develop their artistic talents, have fun in the gym, play sports including handball, and more. When the pandemic hit, New York Edge quickly pivoted to virtual programming. This week, students returned to programs in-person which social distancing measures in place. "[The students] are so excited because they don't look at their counselors as teachers or coaches, it's more like a family-based session," Christine Mattias, whose son attends the program, told ABC 7. “[Without the program], I would be lost… Our program is great.”
System to Provide Child Care During COVID-19 Bearing Fruit, The Associated Press
This fall, in just over four weeks the state of Vermont partnered with Vermont Afterschool to establish 87 remote learning sites serving more than 5,000 children by utilizing federal coronavirus relief funds. These hubs, which are run by afterschool programs, child care centers, and parks and recreation departments, provide a safe, socially distanced environment for children to do school online while their parents work. “We knew that after months of being out of school children needed access to programming, opportunities to play and learn with others in safe, caring spaces,” Vermont Afterschool Executive Director Holly Morehouse told the Associated Press.
This Agricultural Nonprofit Wants Kids In Wards 7 And 8 To Learn Farming From People Who Look Like Them, DCist (District of Columbia)
At the Green Scheme’s afterschool and summer programs in Washington, D.C., students learn about nutrition, build their own community gardens, practice yoga and African dance, and more. The program aims to teach students about entrepreneurship, the environment, and health through hands-on activities. In one afterschool program, students developed their own flavored water product, which is now sold in stores, in order to increase access to healthy beverages in their community. The Green Scheme has continued to creatively fulfill its mission during the pandemic through a mix of outdoor in-person and virtual programming, including delivering seedlings to students’ homes so they can garden with their families. “There weren’t many Black students in my college classes or even now at environmental conferences and panels. I want the kids to know an environmentalist who looks and talks like them,” founder Ronnie Webb told DCist.
Esther Elonga: Afterschool Programs Even More Important During a Pandemic, New Hampshire Union Leader (New Hampshire)
When Esther Elonga came to the United States as a refugee at the age of 16,...
Boys & Girls Club of St. Marys Still Offering After-School Programs, Courier Express (Pennsylvania)
At the Boys and Girls Club of St. Marys afterschool program in St. Marys, Pennsylvania,...
YMCA Expands its Mission During COVID-19 Pandemic, The Times News (Tennessee)
When schools and afterschool programs closed due to the pandemic in March, the Greater Kingsport Family YMCA in...
Answering the Call for Remote Learning Needs, Herald News (Indiana)
Three afterschool programs in Fall River, Indiana are ensuring students have a safe place to learn and explore their interests...
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...
Lending a Helping Hand in Remote Instruction for Sumter Students, The Sumter Item (South Carolina)
This summer, staff at the Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church in Sumter, South Carolina heard from...
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...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/26/20
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...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/19/20
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...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/12/20
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...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/05/20
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...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/29/20
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....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/22/20
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...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/15/20
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...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/08/20
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....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/01/20
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...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 06/24/20
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
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
Afterschool Girls + STEAM Program Launches, Fosters (Delaware)
In Delaware, girls in the Seymour Osman Community Center afterschool program learn engineering concepts by working with UV reactive beads, building sun-resistant shelters, and more. The new “Girls + STEAM” (science,...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 11/21/18
Ten Significant Accomplishments of the African Community Learning Program in 2018, The Philadelphia Sunday Sun (Pennsylvania)
University of Pennsylvania senior Aminata Sy founded the African Community Learning Program in October 2017 to inspire academic achievement among 1st to 8th grade...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/09/19