LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
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 will create distance learning ‘pods’ where students will stay socially distanced while learning virtually, with support from staff. The Cleveland Clergy Coalition, the YWCA of Greater Cleveland, and other youth-serving organizations also plan programs to support students during this time. “The biggest thing we learned is that you can have all the decision trees and protocols and documentation of protocols in place that you want, but it still comes down to people working with people,” Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio President and CEO Jeff Scott told Idea Stream.
Back-to-School: The Approach Congress Should Support, The Hill
In an opinion piece in the Hill, Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant writes that out-of-school time programs can play a key role in keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn and giving working parents peace of mind as schools opt for virtual instruction or operate on altered schedules due to the pandemic. Grant calls on Congress to provide $6.2 billion in emergency funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative to support programs as they adapt to serve students not just during traditional afterschool hours, but also when schools are closed or using altered schedules. “Many afterschool programs have already stepped up, expanding hours and services during the pandemic…To support parents returning to work and help children continue learning during the COVID-19 emergency, we need to expand the 21st CCLC initiative,” Grant writes.
Camp Fire After-School Program Begins September 8, Times Record News (Kansas)
Students from 21 schools will benefit from robust afterschool programming from Camp Fire in Wichita Falls, Texas this fall. Students will receive hot meals, get help with homework, and explore their interests through fun activities including crafts, fishing, service projects, sports, and more. “This has been a very difficult time for everyone, and we cannot wait until school begins and get our Camp Fire kids to Harrell Park and have all the fun activities for them,” Director Bettye Ricks told the Times Record News.
Summer Learning Program In Baltimore Aims To Make Meaningful Connections Through The Arts, CBS Baltimore (Maryland)
For five weeks this summer, nearly 1,500 students in Baltimore, Maryland worked with local artists and teachers to develop their creativity and literacy and math skills through online arts instruction. The Young Audiences’ Summer Arts and Learning Academy (SALA) aims to keep students engaged and combat learning loss while giving them opportunities to express themselves through art. The free virtual program distributed supplies to students each week so they could work on art projects at home. “I think this is a great way for kids who are not traditional learners, [especially] if they’re artsy and they like artsy activities. They’re learning at the same time,” parent Veronica Washington told CBS Baltimore.
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