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Weekly Media Roundup: February 23, 2022

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Weekly Media Roundup: February 23, 2022

‘Green Girls’ Take on Climate Change, Next City (New York)

For 20 years, CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING has provided girls in New York City the opportunity to explore hands-on science activities in its afterschool and summer programs and is now sharing its environmental advocacy curriculum for free to other programs. The lesson plans focus on climate change and encourage students to collaborate with local organizations and develop plans to improve their community, such as removing invasive plants in local parks and clearing debris from area rivers. “The idea is to empower students, young people, to voice out their questions and who they are,” Mayra Sanchez, a program manager with Green Girls, told Next City. “We want to remove the stigma against science, be creative, and see science through a different lens.”

Boys and Girls Club of Alpena Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony, The Alpena News (Michigan)

Michigan State Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine, and Alpena, Michigan Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Johnson attended a groundbreaking ceremony last week to kick off construction of a new facility for the Boys & Girls Club of Alpena. “We need more room. We need a bigger facility,” Executive Director Bradley Somers told the Alpena News. “We want to teach these kids more things — workforce development, culinary arts — we want to continue to prepare these kids for the future, to show them that there is light at the end of the tunnel.” The construction was made possible in part by $500,000 in funding from the state of Michigan. Th new facility is expected to be ready to host afterschool and summer programming by the end of the calendar year.

Northside ISD Needs to Hire 100 After-School Youth Leaders to Staff its Enrichment Program, NBC News 4 (Texas)

In San Antonio, Texas, Northside Independent School District's Learning Tree afterschool programs continue to face staffing shortages. Although 3,332 elementary and middle school students attend Learning Tree programs, 1,000 students are on wait lists due to staffing constraints. “Since Covid’s happened, it’s definitely been a lot harder to find people," Manny Bryant, a Northside ISD Staffing Specialist, told NBC News 4.  The school district is holding job fairs to fill the vacant spots.

Blackberry Farm Brings Expertise to Boys and Girls Club, The Daily Times (Tennessee)

For the past six years, Blackberry Farm, a Tennessee hotel and resort, has brought its chefs to the Blount County Boys & Girls Club afterschool program every few months to meet students and lead cooking and baking lessons. On Valentine’s Day, students worked with chefs to create and decorate desserts. The Blackberry Farm Foundation has also awarded grants to the Club to purchase culinary equipment and build a garden. “We are privileged to be able to offer our support to these incredible programs and hardworking advocates in Blount County,” Blackberry Proprietor Mary Celeste Bell told the Daily Times. “We want the education, support and community wellbeing that they provide to be available for generations to come.”

Weekly Media Roundup, July 20, 2022

After-School Programs Are Part of Addressing Pandemic-Related Issues, But Funding is a Challenge, Hawai’i Public Radio (Hawai’i) Research shows classroom disruptions and student behavior problems have increased during the pandemic. Afterschool leaders in Hawai’i say...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/20/22

Weekly Media Roundup: July 13, 2022

Camp Promotes Essential Bond Between Sports and Mental Health, The Bradford Sun (Pennsylvania) This summer, mental health professionals are joining the 21st Century Sports Camp in Bradford, Pennsylvania to talk to students about coping with their emotions, self-care, and other social-emotional...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/13/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 29, 2022

Young Readers Recognized for Their Achievements at Vicksburg City Hall, Vicksburg Post (Mississippi) To celebrate a successful first year, students from the Post-COVID Educational Enhancement Program in Vicksburg, Mississippi took a trolley ride to city hall to meet with Vicksburg Mayor George...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/29/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 22, 2022

When the End of School Means the Beginning of Summer Learning Loss … and What This Local Nonprofit is Doing About it, Brooklyn Reader (New York) For six weeks this summer, more than 100 students in Horizons NYC’s summer learning program will learn to swim and kayak, participate in a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/22/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 15, 2022

Spanish American Center Gets United Way Grants for After-School Programs, Leominster Champion (Massachusetts) Continuing its ongoing support of afterschool programs, the United Way of North Central Massachusetts recently awarded $398,800 in grants to 18 local Massachusetts agencies for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/15/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 8, 2022

After-School Programs Band Together to Build Bots, Shoshone News-Press (Idaho) The Pinehurst Elementary After-School Solution program and the Kellogg Middle School WISE afterschool program joined together to celebrate last month’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) night in...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/08/22

Weekly Media Roundup: May 25, 2022

YMCA’s “Find My Genius” Now an After-School Program, Citizens Journal (California) With a grant from California’s Expanded Learning Opportunities Program, the Southeast Ventura County YMCA has transformed its Find My Genius summer enrichment program into an afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/01/22

Weekly Media Roundup, May 25, 2022

Beatrice After School Program Granted Another Five Years, Beatrice Daily Sun (Nebraska) At the Beatrice Learning After School Time (BLAST) program in Beatrice, Nebraska, more than 170 students take part in fun, educational activities ranging from robotics to sewing. Students also grow their own...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/25/22

Weekly Media Roundup: May 18, 2022

Clark, Champaign Organizations Awarded Grants for Student Academic Needs, Well-Being, Springfield News-Sun (Ohio) Thanks to a $2.1 million Summer Learning and Afterschool Opportunities grant from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), the Champaign Family YMCA and Graham Local School District...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/18/22

Weekly Media Roundup: May 11, 2022

Wimauma After School Program Provides Consistent, Safe Place for Students to Grow, ABC Action News (Florida) At the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida, children of migrant workers enjoy participating in yoga classes, painting murals with local artists and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/11/22