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Weekly Media Roundup: April 6, 2022

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Weekly Media Roundup: April 6, 2022

St. Olaf Kinesiology Students Volunteer at Northfield After School Programs, Northfield News (Minnesota)

Each day after school, students from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota are sharing their knowledge of kinesiology (the study of physical movement) and healthy life choices with elementary students in the Healthy Ways afterschool program. “Healthy Ways champions healthy habits and lifestyles for children and families by providing educational and fun nutrition and physical activity programming,” Diego Calvario Bravo, the coordinator of Healthy Ways, told Northfield News. The college students assist in the planning of nutritious afterschool meals, exercises and educational workshops.

Kathleen High School Risk Club Partners with Tech Firm to Offer High-Paying Internship, ABC Action News (Florida)

The Risk Club afterschool program at Kathleen High School in Lakeland, Florida is providing students the opportunity to create apps, learn computer coding and tour local tech companies. “You can’t be what you don’t see. So, we do college tours, business tours, just different fun-based field trips to give them exposure: let them know it’s a bigger world out there,” Jeffrey Williams, founder of Risk Club, told ABC Action News. The afterschool program receives funding from California-based tech firm, ServiceNow.

Kindness Without Boundaries, Tribune-Star (Illinois)

Students in the Beyond the Bell afterschool program in Paris, Illinois painted rocks with positive messages and distributed them to community members, who have placed them in locations around the country along with notes to contact the school if they are found. Now, students are tracking the rocks’ locations using pins on a map, and the rocks have made their way to Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, and elsewhere. Sixth-grader Blaise Davis told the Tribune-Star, “We’re trying to spread kindness ... so that the world becomes a better place.” Beyond the Bell is funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant and offers science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities, a cooking club, guest speakers, and more.

How Richmond is Helping Students Stay Off Their Phones After School, WTVR-TV (Virginia)

Since 2014, nearly 2,000 students in Richmond, Virginia have participated in NextUp RVA’s free afterschool program, which provides positive, enriching activities for teens. In the program, teens connect with mentors, get academic support, and take part in discussions about mental health and wellbeing. NextUp RVA data shows that participating students have a higher graduation rate than Richmond Public Schools students as a whole.  “What we want to see is for the entire community, the entire region, to understand how important it is that schools can't do it alone, out of school time matters," President and CEO Barbara Sipe told WTVR-TV.

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