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Weekly Media Roundup: April 26, 2023

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Weekly Media Roundup: April 26, 2023

Local After School Care Program Aims to Help Kids Regain Knowledge Lost Due to COVID, KFDA (Texas)

At the Bear Paws afterschool program in Amarillo, Texas, middle school students are participating in engaging activities to tackle learning loss from the pandemic. “We’re trying to approach it from all different angles to help those students fill in those academic gaps that were missed during the COVID years,” Darlene Martin, the director of Bear Paws, told KFDA. The program provides daily meals to the students and invites community leaders to come to the program and share their talents.

Afterschool Boys & Girls Club Program Targeting Substance Abuse Coming to Hanford Next Fall, The Sentinel (California)

This fall, the Boys & Girls Club of Hanford, California will open an afterschool program for middle and high school students focusing on drug prevention and incorporating a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities. “We’re going to give them hands-on experience using cutting-edge technology,” Hanford Parks and Community Services Director Brad Albert told The Sentinel. “Hopefully that will translate into students pursuing STEM degrees and careers right here in the Central Valley.” The program received a 5-year $2.45 million grant through Proposition 64, the California state ballot initiative that legalized the adult use of marijuana.

Report Finds ‘Huge Unmet Demand’ for Afterschool Programs Among Native American Families, Youth Today

Nearly half of Native Americans families surveyed as part of the 2020 America After 3PM study said they would enroll their child in an afterschool program if they could, but they did not have access to one. In addition to program availability, cost and transportation remain significant barriers to afterschool in Native American communities. “These kids are missing out on participating in programs and all the opportunities that programs afford,” Nikki Yamashiro, vice president of research at the Afterschool Alliance, told Youth Today. “There needs to be more done in terms of helping families overcome the barriers.” Programs such as the Two Feathers Native American Family Services afterschool program in Northern California are seeking to fill the gap with accessible, culturally relevant programming.

Connecticut's Summer Enrichment Program is Awarded $11.5 Million to Continue, Connecticut Public Radio (Connecticut)

Since its inception in 2021, Connecticut’s Summer Enrichment grant program has awarded funding to more than 400 summer learning programs across the state. This year, the State Department of Education announced it will allocate $11.5 million in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to provide transportation and scholarships so more students can participate. “This program is helping provide a safe and enriching summer experience for our kids and will benefit our communities for years to come,” Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont told Connecticut Public Radio.

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