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Weekly Media Roundup: February 17, 2021

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Weekly Media Roundup: February 17, 2021

Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Unified School District Present Encore of BRAVO! Program, Noozhawk (California)

Through an ongoing collaboration with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) has continued to provide a free afterschool program to students during the pandemic by meeting virtually. Fifth and sixth graders in the BRAVO! After School Program attend a virtual class with music teachers and local professional musicians to improve their skills and enhance their love for music. “We recognize that the benefits of playing a musical instrument go beyond cultivating music appreciation, the benefits include an increase in students’ critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, art, expression, and mathematics skills. As such, we are thankful for this important partnership and eager to see and hear the music that students make as a result,” Sierra Loughridge, director of elementary education for SBUSD, told Noozhawk.

Lansing Native Hip Hop Artist Teaches Art and Life Skills Program, WILX-TV (Michigan)

Chadwick Phillips, an accomplished musician and entrepreneur, is sharing his talents with students from his hometown through a new afterschool program called Hip Hop, History and the Arts. Phillips credits many of his successes to lessons learned while attending an afterschool program as a child. He now wants to pay it forward with his afterschool program in Lansing, Michigan that will help students develop their creativity and learn life skills through poetry, songwriting, performance development and more. “I want them to be so inspired to live life the right way. Along with that, going after a career that has to do with their passion, and making sure that when they do succeed with that, giving back to the community,” Phillips told WILX-TV.

After-School Program “Racquet Up Detroit” is Building a New Facility in Northwest Detroit, WDET (Michigan)

At the Racquet Up Detroit afterschool program, students play court sports such as squash as well as connect with mentors and get the academic support they need to pursue their goals. By the end of 2021, the program plans to open a new, 19,000 square-foot facility that will be able to host world-class squash events and double the amount of students the program can serve. “We are a holistic and creative program,” Education Director Jessica Reed told WDET. “(In the) current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve done a lot to just make sure that our students feel supported during our virtual learning. We also provide creative literacy enrichment.”

Boys and Girls Clubs Pick-Up Where Schools Leave Off, Spectrum News 1 (North Carolina)

When the pandemic hit and schools needed to switch to remote instruction, the Community Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington adapted quickly to extend its afterschool program to an all-day distance learning site. The program provides students a safe, socially distanced environment to do online instruction, three meals a day, and academic support from trusted mentors. Parents pay just $25 a year for the program. “It's difficult because we do have to adapt, but we just have to keep these kids in mind and realize what would be best for them throughout this transition and how we can help the school system,” Education Specialist Shelbi Long told Spectrum News 1.

Weekly Media Roundup: February 24, 2021

Community Stepped Up When the Going Got Tough, Sandusky Register (Ohio) When the pandemic hit, the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio immediately got to work to ensure students’ academic, physical and emotional needs were met. The Club partnered with Sandusky City Schools to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/24/21

Weekly Media Roundup: February 17, 2021

Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Unified School District Present Encore of BRAVO! Program, Noozhawk (California) Through an ongoing collaboration with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) has continued to provide a free afterschool program to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/17/21

Weekly Media Roundup: February 10, 2021

A New Mural Was Created By Children And Artist At Reddick Elementary School In Wimauma, Osprey Observer (Florida) Students from migrant families in the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida spent four weeks creating a mural promoting kindness at a nearby...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/10/21

Weekly Media Roundup: February 3, 2021

Thousands of Dallas Children Are in Need of After-School Care, Survey Finds, The Dallas Morning News (Texas) The America After 3PM survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance found that more than 101,000 children in Dallas, Texas aren’t in afterschool programs, but would be if a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/03/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 27, 2021

MSCR Cares Program at Henderson Elementary Supports Students Indoors and Out, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin) At Madison School and Community Recreation Cares sites in Madison, Wisconsin, about 650 elementary students spend their mornings doing remote learning with the support of trained...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/27/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 19, 2021

More Than Just an Afterschool Program: Española Nonprofit Plans for Expansion, KRQE (New Mexico) Thanks to a $100,000 matching grant from the Thoma Art Foundation, Moving Arts Española   will soon open a teen center where middle and high school students can access career...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/19/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 13, 2020

YMCA gives kids ‘a dose of normal,’ Martha’s Vineyard Times (Massachusetts) To help students overcome isolation and disconnection, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is providing in-person programming for students each afternoon. The program provides enrichment activities and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/13/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 6, 2020

Girls Inc. Takes Creative Approach to Programming During COVID-19, The Daily Times (Tennessee) At the in-person and virtual afterschool programs run by Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, about 200 girls explore engineering, science, and agriculture, reflect on song lyrics, journal, learn about...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/06/21

Weekly Media Roundup: December 23, 2020

Lack Of Afterschool Program Access In Indiana Could Impact Education, Economic Recovery, WBAA (Georgia) A recent household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance, America After 3PM, found that more than 400,000 children in Indiana cannot access the afterschool programs they need....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/23/20

Weekly Media Roundup: December 16, 2020

Column: Hawaii Behind on Afterschool Programs, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Hawaii) Although data from the household survey America After 3 PM showed Hawaii was a national leader in afterschool participation in 2009, the 2020 America After 3 PM report shows unmet demand for afterschool has...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/16/20