LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
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 virtual literacy help and mentorships. The Summerville YMCA at the Ponds will provide in-person afterschool programming with extra precautions including masks, low adult-to-student ratios, and social distancing. “We understand parents have to go back to work to feed their family and kids need socialization. I think we see mental health being affected and those types of things. For all those reasons we decided this was the right thing for us to do. This is really what speaks to the Y and their role in their community,” Executive Director Jana Chanthabane told Live 5 News.
Supporting Education Through a Pandemic: the YMCA’s Learning Academy and Afterschool Programs, Dallas Morning News (Texas)
Building off its successful in-person summer learning program, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas will offer an all-day, in-person Learning Academy to support students and families as Dallas schools open remotely. The program will serve students in kindergarten through sixth grade at five locations with extensive precautions such as small class sizes, extra sanitation, social distancing and masks. At the program, certified teachers will help students with distance learning, and students will also take part in physical activities and receive breakfast, lunch and a snack. “The YMCA’s Learning Academy will be an all-day option to help guide students through their curriculum, but also will address their physical needs and mental health as we continue to navigate through these challenging times in a fun, safe, controlled environment,” Executive Director Jodi Newman told the Dallas Morning News.
Boys & Girls Club Uses New Music Class to Help Kids De-Stress and Connect, Steamboat Pilot & Today (Colorado)
At the summer learning program at the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs in Colorado, middle school students learned to play musical instruments while developing social and emotional skills. The music program, which the Club plans to continue in afterschool programs this fall, was launched by Northwest Colorado Health to help students cope with stress during the pandemic. “We’re using music to help kids understand how to deal with their feelings, how to express their feelings, and then, how to connect with each other,” said Katy Thiel, director of youth resiliency for Northwest Colorado Health, told the Steamboat Pilot & Today.
After School Program Aims to Make Virtual Learning Fun, San Diego Union Tribune (California)
This fall, about 70 students in San Diego, California will take part in robust virtual before- and afterschool programming through the Valley Elementary School’s After and Before School Education and Safety (ASES) program. The free program includes academic support from credentialed teachers, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities, dance, art projects, yoga, cultural exploration, and more. Students will receive materials and supplies each week to complete activities at home. “It’s all about being positive and giving great opportunities for the kids,” Itzy Haumschilt, head of the Valley ASES program, told the San Diego Union Tribune. “Every kid from the program was here today (to pick up their backpack and supplies) and we’re not even offering candy.”
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