Weekly Media Roundup: August 17, 2022


Weekly Media Roundup: August 17, 2022

North Carolina YMCA Afterschool Programs Growing Students Critical Skills, WFMY (North Carolina)

Recent assessments of North Carolina Alliance of YMCAs’ afterschool programs found that two-thirds of participating students improved in two or more character development skills this past year. “We have seen students struggle so much during the past school year,” YMCA Senior Association Youth Development Director Ebony Burnett told WFMY. “We have been energized to see the data on how the kids have benefitted from our intentional focus on social and emotional learning.”


Long Waitlists for After-School Care as Programs Struggle to Find Workers and Demand Soars, Chicago Tribune (Illinois)

Out-of-school time programs across Chicago —and across the country — are struggling to hire the qualified workers they need. In a recent Afterschool Alliance survey, about half of the programs surveyed reported being extremely concerned about staffing shortages. Low staffing has resulted in long waitlists at many programs, leaving parents scrambling to find a safe place for their children to go after the final school bell rings while they are at work.  “The working parents in the communities we serve never had the luxury to work at home, because they’re essential workers employed by restaurants, hospitals and child care centers,” Carole Robertson Center for Learning Out-of-School Time Director and Afterschool Ambassador Kenny Riley told the Chicago Tribune.


New After-School Program Showcasing Future Opportunities for Waynesboro Students, WHSV (Virginia)

This fall, middle school students attending the On the Road Collaborative afterschool program in Waynesboro, Virginia will learn about exciting career opportunities in their community. The new 10-week program at Kate Collins Middle School focuses on teambuilding, time management skills and includes guest lectures with local business owners, entrepreneurs and skilled trade workers. “It’ll help provide that equal access for students that need somewhere to be after school. Plus, it helps to connect us with the community, which is something that we really, really desire,” Kate Collins Middle School Principal Marcia Nester told WHSV.


STEM Camp Provides Expanded Learning Opportunities for Kid City Students, Dalton Daily Citizen (Georgia)

In June, students in the Kid City summer learning program in Dalton County, Georgia took part in a three-day science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camp at Dalton State College. There, they designed and built boats to practice engineering, learned about the water cycle through experiments with chemicals, and simulated processes in nature. “We get to do some things here we couldn’t at another [location],” fifth grader Jace Darnell told the Dalton Daily Citizen. “There are more opportunities, and it helps with learning.” The summer program is funded through a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant and also offers outdoor activities, sports, arts and more. 

Weekly Media Roundup: October 19, 2022

Boston's Investment in Summer Learning Converts into High Participation this Year, WBUR (Massachusetts) A new report from Boston After School and Beyond shows nearly 16,000 students in the Boston area attended summer learning programs at schools and community organizations this summer, with...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/19/22

Weekly Media Roundup: October 12, 2022

An After-School Program that Enriches Learning Academically, Socially and Emotionally: Cleveland’s Promise, (Ohio) At Almira Elementary School’s afterschool program in Cleveland, Ohio, students are now taking boxing lessons in addition to drawing, digital animation,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/12/22

Weekly Media Roundup: October 5, 2022

Afterschool Programs Mobilize in Wake of Mass Shootings, Youth Today As communities grapple with horrific mass shootings such as those in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, afterschool programs are focusing on mentorship and social and emotional learning activities to help children heal. For...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/05/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 28, 2022

Project S.T.I.N.G. Unveiled at Goodyear School, West Valley View (Arizona) Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, students at Desert Star School in Goodyear, Arizona now have access to a free afterschool program that offers science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/28/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 21, 2022

Many Children are Regularly Exposed to Gun Violence. Here's How to Help them Heal, National Public Radio In the Cameron Community Ministries afterschool program in Rochester, New York, students learn leadership skills, take part in community-oriented projects, and connect with mentors...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/21/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 14, 2022

In- and After-School Programs Aim to Combat Mental Health Effects that COVID-19 Worsened, Youth Today The National Center for Health Statistics reports that in 2021, seven in 10 public schools saw a rise in children seeking mental health services. To support student wellbeing, schools and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/14/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 7, 2022

After-School Program Blends Tutoring, Circus Training, WBBM Newsradio (Illinois) At the CircEsteem afterschool program in Chicago, children ages 3 to 18 build their self-confidence by learning aerial arts, tumbling and juggling, alongside academic tutoring and mentorship. The program partners...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/07/22

Weekly Media Roundup: August 31, 2022

Boys & Girls Clubs Help Fill Need for After-School Programing, Fox 2 Detroit (Michigan) Amid historic unmet demand for afterschool, the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan is helping close the gap for students and their families with programming that includes tutoring, meals,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/31/22

Weekly Media Roundup: August 24, 2022

Local School Program Helps Students Succeed, Expands to Midland, WNEM (Michigan) Throughout the pandemic, R1SE Education & Recreation in Freeland, Michigan provided before- and after school programs and tutoring support to students to help keep them engaged and learning. This fall, they are...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/24/22

Weekly Media Roundup: August 17, 2022

North Carolina YMCA Afterschool Programs Growing Students Critical Skills, WFMY (North Carolina) Recent assessments of North Carolina Alliance of YMCAs’ afterschool programs found that two-thirds of participating students improved in two or more character development skills this past year....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/17/22