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Weekly Media Roundup: December 4, 2019

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Weekly Media Roundup: December 4, 2019

Mentoring Matters: ‘A Soccer Life Foundation’ Players Share Passion for Sport With Community, CBS Miami (Florida)

Last year, two high school students created a foundation that brings soccer instruction to an afterschool program in Miami, Florida. Twin brothers Sebastian and Daniel Mateu created A Soccer Life Foundation to expose students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to soccer. The all-volunteer organization hosts 10-week clinics at an afterschool program at which students learn the fundamentals of the sport while staying fit, building relationships with mentors and having fun. The foundation also awards scholarships for students to play on competitive teams. “Whenever we come here and walk through the doors and tell the kids to get changed, they get really excited,” Sebastian Mateu told CBS Miami.

Afterschool Program Targets Math, Science, Opelika Auburn News (Alabama)

I Am My Brother’s Keeper (IAMBK), an afterschool program in Auburn, Alabama, connects elementary school students with junior high, high school and college student mentors. Students from Auburn University help students with their homework, and local junior high and high school students expose the younger students to new opportunities through dance, art projects and more. The program also includes nutrition education and fitness activities. “I just really love how I Am My Brother’s Keeper treats you as family,” Kaleigh Yancey, a high school volunteer, told the Opelika Auburn News.

New MAPS Media Lab at Holter Museum Offers Kids Free Filmmaking, Graphic Design Classes, Helena Independent Record (Montana)

Students in Helena, Montana now have access to state-of-the-art film and graphic design technology and instruction through the new MAPS media lab afterschool programs at the Holter Art Museum. Funded in part through a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, the free programs help students develop their creative voices and technical skills regardless of prior experience. Last year, a student film produced through a MAPS program won a top national high school film award, and the organization has been recognized as one the top 12 creative youth organizations in the United States. “We teach them how to tell their story,” Executive Director Clare Ann Harff told the Independent Record. “We teach them how to solve a problem in their community or how to shed light on an issue they need to share with the rest of the world.”

After School Program Receives $2,500 City Donation, Schuyler Sun (Nebraska)

In the Schuyler Community Schools’ Afterschool Program, students learn photography and dance, work on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects, cook their own food and more. The City of Schuyler recently recognized the program’s work with a $2,500 donation. “Those are 300 - 500 kids who might not have someone at home (or) might be running around on the streets,” Schuyler Mayor Jon Knutson told the Schuyler Sun. “We thought that this might be a worthwhile cause and a city betterment.”

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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,...

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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...

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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, QuadCities.com (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...

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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...

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