Weekly Media Roundup, April 8, 2020


Weekly Media Roundup, April 8, 2020

With Coronavirus Shuttering Its After-School Program, South Reading Youth Initiative Sends Help to Students' Homes, Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania)

At the South Reading Youth Initiative afterschool program in Reading, Pennsylvania, about 100 first and second grade school students receive academic support and mentorship from college students in their community. To continue to support students’ academic growth while schools and programs are closed due to coronavirus, the program gave each student a 70-page booklet that included crafts, games, educational activities and more, along with school supplies. They were so popular that additional packets are being distributed to students outside the program. “Now is the time we have to circle the wagons,” Rudy Ruth, executive director of the Holleran Center, which created the program, told the Reading Eagle. “We have to all look out for each other.”

Amid Coronavirus Crisis, Few Are More Essential than the Child-Care Teams at Long Beach’s Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA, Press Telegram (California)

Children of essential workers are engaging in schoolwork, art projects, games, educational programming, fitness activities and more all day at the YMCA of Greater Long Beach in California and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach while schools are closed due to coronavirus. The afterschool staff are providing safe, educational spaces while employing social distancing measures, such as keeping students in small groups and six feet apart, while their parents are at work. “When the schools closed, I got worried about child care,” Celinda Cerda, a patient services technician, told the Press Telegram. “Now, when I leave my boys at the Boys & Girls Club, I leave with peace of mind, knowing my boys are safe and happy.”

Boys and Girls Clubs Still Serving At-Risk Youths During Stay-At-Home Order, Daily Herald (Illinois)

While schools and programs are closed due to coronavirus, Boys and Girls Clubs in the Chicago area are hosting daily social-emotional check-ins using the video conference platform Zoom. At these virtual gatherings, students discuss how they are feeling, share information about academic or art projects they’ve completed, and connect with friends and Club mentors. The Clubs are also working to meet the immediate needs of students and their families through activity kits, meal deliveries and more. “One of the biggest unique challenges is this sense of separation the kids are experiencing from the norm,” Drew Glassford, CEO for the Dundee Township chapter, told the Daily Herald. “The virtual program allows that emotional connection to continue when kids are feeling the most stressed they've felt in a long time.”

With Doors Closed, Boys & Girls Clubs Still Reaching Out, San Antonio Express-News (Texas)

Each weekday, the San Antonio Boys & Girls Clubs in Texas are providing a daily virtual ‘Power Hour’ to help students with their school assignments. The club is engaging in a variety of activities to support families while schools are closed due to coronavirus, including distributing healthy snacks, toilet paper, games and projects, streaming fitness-oriented YouTube videos, and more. “We asked, ‘What do you need most?’” Renee Garvens, chief development officer for the San Antonio Boys & Girls Clubs, told the San Antonio Express-News. “We knew that families were being overwhelmed by the virtual school experience.”

Weekly Media Roundup: June 10, 2020

Total Trek Quest Announces New Virtual Summer Program, ABC 13 (Michigan) Total Trek Quest engages boys in third through fifth grades in Grand Rapids, Michigan with afterschool programming focused on goal setting, social-emotional learning, physical activity and health education. This summer,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/10/20

Weekly Media Roundup: June 3, 2020

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Youth Stay Active With Virtual Services, Encinitas Advocate (California) While in-person programming is suspended due to the pandemic, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sandieguito in California is offering tutoring, music classes and sports practice to keep...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/03/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 27, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: May 20, 2020

Burlington Provides Care at School — or at Home — for Essential Workers' Kids, Seven Days (Vermont) Afterschool staff and paraeducators are providing a safe, enriching learning environment for children of essential workers in Burlington, Vermont while schools and afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/20/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 13, 2020

OCCA Develops “Art Kits” For 21st Century After School Program, The News Guard (Oregon) This school year, the Sam Case Elementary 21st Century Afterschool Program in Newport, Oregon partnered with the Oregon Coast Council of the Arts (OCCA) to facilitate four-week art classes for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/13/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 6, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: April 29, 2020

YMCA to Finish '7 Habits of Happy Kids' Series Via Video, The Sentinel-Record (Arkansas) This year, the Hot Springs Family YMCA Successful Children Out-of-School Recreation and Education (S.C.O.R.E.) afterschool program in Arkansas has facilitated a social-emotional learning series...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/29/20

Weekly Media Roundup: April 15, 2020

After School Program Adjusting to Help Kids When There’s No School, (Iowa) While in-person programming is suspended due to coronavirus, the Spring Forward afterschool program in the Quad Cities region of Iowa has launched Spring Forward At Home. Through a partnership with...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/15/20

Views from VISTAs: Updates from March 2020

Photo by Pragyan Bezbaruah, courtesy of Picnoi. AmeriCorps’ Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) work to alleviate poverty by providing indirect service to their communities. Our afterschool VISTAs and the work they do are essential to the expansion of afterschool access for the...

BY: Marisa Paipongna      04/13/20

Weekly Media Roundup, April 8, 2020

With Coronavirus Shuttering Its After-School Program, South Reading Youth Initiative Sends Help to Students' Homes, Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania) At the South Reading Youth Initiative afterschool program in Reading, Pennsylvania, about 100 first and second grade school students receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/08/20