Weekly Media Roundup: December 21, 2022


Weekly Media Roundup: December 21, 2022

'It Shouldn't Have to Be This Difficult': Lack of Afterschool Program Slots has Parents Struggling, Daily Kos

A “modest increase” in federal funding for afterschool in the Senate budget package “will allow tens of thousands more children to access a program, where they will get homework help, hands-on learning opportunities, engagement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and physical fitness, access to mentors, college and careers, and more,” Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant told Daily Kos. Still, Afterschool Alliance research shows that nearly 25 million children can’t access afterschool programs, and parents are often forced to reduce their hours or leave full-time jobs when they can’t find or afford an afterschool spot. Advocates say there is more the federal government can do to increase access to afterschool and the funding increase does not match the magnitude of the need.

BAM! Makes Children Masters of Art at Brandon Boys & Girls Club, 83 Degrees Media (Florida)

When program leaders at the Carey Family Boys & Girls Club of Brandon, Florida noticed art activities were helping students express themselves and socialize after being isolated during the pandemic, they decided to create the Brandon Art Masters! (BAM!) Program to help students heal and recover. In BAM!, students work with art instructor “Mr. Q” for two hours each week, take field trips to see art exhibits and display their creations throughout the Club. “When our babies are hurting, we need resources. It takes a village. So, this art program was that -- the village of resources. And they're believing in themselves again. You know, bullying has declined. The kids they know their worth again,” Club Director Natasha McKeller told 83 Degrees Media.

Junior King of the Court Tournament, Toy Drive Held at Charles Hayward Center, KALB 5 (Louisiana)

To raise money for the Stop the Violence afterschool program in Alexandria, Louisiana, children took part in a basketball tournament last weekend. After the tournament, they received Christmas toys, sponsored and purchased by a member of the local community. Stop the Violence provides tutoring and a safe place for students to socialize after school. “I just love starting with these young kids, sowing the seeds, watering the seeds, and watching it grow,” Dwayne ‘The Difference Maker’ Dupar, a motivational speaker and host of the tournament, told KALB 5.

Show You Care Spotlight: Harmony School of Music, KCRG 9 (Iowa)

Since 2017, the Harmony School of Music afterschool program has provided free string instruments, sheet music and music lessons for third through sixth graders in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Program leaders say the afterschool program teaches not only music but also social and emotional skills such as teamwork and perseverance. “We teach music lessons, but a huge part of our curriculum or our philosophy is that we all take care of each other,” Jessica Altfillisch told KCRG 9. “We encourage our students to always help each other in class. If you know a note and your neighbor doesn’t know a note, then it’s your job to help them learn it.”

Weekly Media Roundup: May 15, 2024

This Affordable Housing Project Wasn’t Going to Happen – And Then an Unlikely Partnership Formed, Fast Company By teaming up with a new affordable housing development, the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle in New York doubled the size of its facility to 22,000 feet. The new...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/15/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 8, 2024

After-School Programs Expect to Scale Down with Pandemic Aid Ending, K-12 Dive In a new Afterschool Alliance survey of more than 8,800 afterschool programs, about 4 out of 5 providers said they were concerned about children in their communities who need afterschool not having it, and the vast...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/08/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 1, 2024

A Clovis Mother Identifies a Critical Need: More After-School Child Care, The Fresno Bee (California) In a recent guest column for the Fresno Bee, Noha Elbaz shared how post-pandemic staffing shortages at afterschool programs have impacted her family. Before COVID, her family benefited from...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/01/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 24, 2024

Nonprofit Gives Penn Hills Kids a Safe Place to Gather After School, KDKA News (Pennsylvania) At the Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens afterschool program in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, students conduct science experiments, play indoor and outdoor sports, and are paired with adult mentors who...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/24/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 17, 2024

The CARE Center Collecting Snacks, Books for Upcoming Summer Learning Program, WHNT (Alabama) In preparation for its summer learning program, the CARE Center in Huntsville, Alabama is hosting a food and book drive so each of the 300 students participating in its summer program will receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/17/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 10, 2024

Detroit Kids Dance Through School Work at After-School Program, CBS News Detroit (Michigan) At the Let’s Dance afterschool program at Detroit’s Dufree Innovation Society, students work with teaching artists on dance routines with academic concepts built in. Afterward, the same...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/11/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 3, 2024

At IPS School 43, Teaching Kids to Read is a Community Effort, WISH-TV (Indiana) At the Martin Luther King Community Center’s afterschool program in Indianapolis, Indiana, elementary school students are paired with mentors who encourage them to read through a variety of engaging...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/03/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 27, 2024

The Opp Helps Mr. Calloway’s Students Thrive, Tulsa Kids (Oklahoma) Thanks to support from The Opportunity Project, students at the Culinary Arts afterschool program at East Central Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma are practicing cooking techniques while also learning about budgeting and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/27/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 20, 2024

Matthew McConaughey and ASU Are Helping an Arizona School District. Here's How, Arizona Republic (Arizona) Matthew McConaughey and Arizona State University (ASU) have teamed up to help a Phoenix-area school district apply for federal afterschool funding included in the Bipartisan Safer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/20/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 13, 2024

English Learners Stopped Coming to Class During the Pandemic. One Group is Tackling the Problem By Helping Their Parents, Hechinger Report In North Carolina, nearly one third of English language learning students were chronically absent last year, a rate significantly higher than the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/13/24