LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
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 focuses on developing character, and each month its lessons have a different focus, with outer space the theme this month. In addition to social distancing and other precautions, students provide a daily attestation form that includes health screening questions to determine exposure to COVID-19 or symptoms. “We are trying to bring a dose of normal into kids’ lives and give them more adults in their lives that they can trust and depend on — and you know, sometimes a little bit can go a long way,” said Kelly Neadow, senior program director for youth and staff development.
Afterschool Programs helping prepare children for STEM careers, Avery Journal (North Carolina)
Afterschool students around the country spend their afternoons building robots, learning computer coding, investigating soil conditions to plant community gardens, and more. Many afterschool programs are delivering STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum during the pandemic, with take-home kits or lessons that use materials readily found in most homes. “As an educator, a lesson stands out for me: the vital role that the STEM disciplines play in our lives, now and in the future. It’s why afterschool programs in North Carolina and elsewhere have put so much focus on the STEM fields in recent years… We know that afterschool programs are uniquely suited to the kinds of sleeves-rolled-up activities that are so vital to STEM education,” writes Afterschool Ambassador Emily Neff, director of youth development for W.A.M.Y. Community Action, Inc. in Boone, North Carolina.
Youth organization expands its efforts to provide weekend meals to Waldo County residents, News Center Maine (Maine)
Thanks to a grant from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and donations from local charities and businesses, the Game Loft has begun weekend deliveries of essentials to community members who cannot come to the program to pick up food. The 23-year-old afterschool program in Belfast, Maine has expanded its services, providing free, nutritious, freshly cooked meals, along with personal hygiene items, puzzles, and hand-selected books to people who are isolated and might otherwise go hungry. Game Loft volunteer Thelma Howard told News Center Maine the goal is “just keeping in touch and letting the kids feel like they still belong, and they are still a part of something. These bags have some thought and there’s a little bit of that personal touch that goes with it and it is felt by the kids out there.”
Boys & Girls Club of Daleville open for business, The Southeast Sun (Alabama)
Undaunted by the pandemic, in late October the mayor joined with state legislators and other officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new Boys & Girls Club of Daleville. Today, the Club, which provides a safe, structured environment for students, is thriving and participation is growing. The Club is “turning a vision of this into a reality. In our small towns today that is what it’s going to take. We have to recapture that ownership and city pride,” State Sen. Donnie Chesteen said.
How YMCA Judson is a Constant in the Lives of Former Mill Village Residents in Need, Greenville News (South Carolina)
Shortly after the pandemic hit, the YMCA Judson Community Center teamed up...
Moscow School District’s Adventure Club Returns with Adjustments Aimed at Keeping COVID-19 at Bay, Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Idaho)
This summer, students in Moscow, Idaho will benefit from...
American Rescue Plan Gives Out-of-school Time Programs Big Role in Pandemic Recovery, Youth Today
The American Rescue Plan includes historic funding for afterschool and summer learning programs,...
Helping Kids Cope with Changes Through Storytelling, KGUN 9 (Arizona)
At the Literacy Connects afterschool program in Tucson, Arizona, middle schoolers brainstorm ideas for skits, write their own...
Greater New Orleans, Baton Rouge Boys & Girls Clubs Merge into Regional Chapter to Increase Reach, The Advocate (Louisiana)
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge and the Boys &...
A Space of their Own: North Hampton Flips Vacant Store into Rec Center, Seacoast Online (New Hampshire)
In December, the North Hampton Parks and Recreation Department in New Hampshire officially...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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