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Weekly Media Roundup: April 19, 2023

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Weekly Media Roundup: April 19, 2023

After-School Program and City Officials Celebrate Arbor Day, Cumberland Times-News (Maryland)

In honor of Arbor Day, elementary school students from Allegany County Public Schools’ afterschool programs participated in a tree planting ceremony at Gene Mason Sports Complex in Cumberland, Maryland. During the ceremony, the afterschool program presented awards to partnering organizations and volunteers for their support. Bill Seddon, a biology professor at Frostburg State University, was honored for his ten years of promoting environmental education and sustainability with afterschool participants. "We host field trips (and) do science activities. It's exciting stuff. It's science,” Seddon told the Cumberland Times-News.

After-School Programs for Homeless NYC Youth Push to Make a Difference, ABC News

At the Keys to Abundant Life afterschool program in New York City, students who are experiencing homelessness take part in activities in the arts, college preparation, cooking, financial planning and more. The Coalition for the Homeless also provides a safe and fun place for unhoused students after school, including many immigrant students who they help gain confidence in English. Experts say afterschool programs have a key role to play in helping students living in shelters succeed in school and pursue their dreams. “It's really important for us to make sure that our students are in a safe, supportive environment and in a particular setting where they can come together as students, share their experiences and learn and grow together,” Bak Harris, a director of regional support for New York City's Department of Education, told ABC News.

Epps Christian Center Expands Youth Mentoring with $250K Escambia Children's Trust Grant, Pensacola News Journal (Florida)

Thanks to a $254,800 grant from the Escambia Children Trust, the Epps Christian Center in Pensacola, Florida, is expanding its Steps to Success afterschool and summer program to include elementary school students. The program currently provides enrichment activities, life skills lessons and a mentoring program to local middle and high school students. LaQuette Cobb, a teacher at the program, leads a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities that incorporate the importance of community engagement. “The program lends itself to being able to teach the kids to give back,” Cobb told the Pensacola News Journal. “Not only being a part of a team, but how it works. Being a part of your community, what can you do better, even at 9 or 10 years old, and to me that’s very important.”

Jeremy Renner Turns Tour Bus into Music Studio for Chicago After-School Program, ABC 7 (Illinois)

On an episode of his new docuseries “Rennervations,” actor Jeremy Renner rebuilds a tour bus to function as a mobile music studio with recording equipment and delivers it to the BASE Chicago afterschool program alongside actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens. “BASE Chicago, we are an after-school program on the west side of Chicago, with a strong emphasis on athletics as well as academics,” Director of Operations Frank Brim told ABC 7. “We have like 300 kids in our program right now just trying to do phenomenal things.” Program leaders say the new music studio has given students a positive creative outlet, and they hope the show inspires viewers to support afterschool programs in their own communities.

Weekly Media Roundup: January 31, 2024

Advocates of Afterschool Opportunities Rally in Albany for $119M Funding Boost, Spectrum News 1 (New York) On Tuesday, afterschool leaders, students, and lawmakers gathered in Albany, New York to press for an additional $119 million in state funding to ensure universal access to afterschool. At...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/31/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 24, 2024

'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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/24/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 17, 2024

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/10/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 3, 2024

Robbinsville Extended Day Program is Much More than Childcare, Communitynews.org (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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/03/24

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

Weekly Media Roundup: December 6, 2023

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