Weekly Media Roundup: January 18, 2023


Weekly Media Roundup: January 18, 2023

'Safe Spot' Also Filled with Laughter, Energy, Quad-City Times (Iowa)

At the Project Renewal afterschool program in Davenport, Iowa, students get help with homework, eat snacks, play games, practice social-emotional skills and take part in arts programming organized by partner organizations such as the Figge Art Museum and Common Chord.  Older students also explore potential next steps after graduation by visiting universities, community colleges, trade schools and apprenticeship programs, and hearing from guest speakers about career options. “We are a stable spot…. More kids have started staying with us longer, into high school,” Executive Director Ann Schwickerath told the Quad-City Times.

Building Better Schools: Connecting Kids to Meals CEO Has Been Nationally Recognized, WTVG-TV (Ohio)

In recognition of her efforts to ensure children have quality, nutritious meals after school and over the summer, Connecting Kids to Meals CEO Wendi Huntley has been named an Out of School Time Meals Champion by No Kid Hungry. She is one of 12 out-of-school time professionals in the national cohort who will work to advocate for federal funding and raise awareness of the need for healthy meals in out-of-school time programs. “Those partners trying to do their education enrichment or fun activities, they’re able to get the kids more engaged [when they’re fed], because kids are able to learn and they’re able to focus,” Huntley told WTVG-TV. “I talk about this all the time but this is one instance where we know, and we can see when everyone pulls together, we can actually do some amazing things and reach heights that maybe folks in Toledo didn’t think we could reach.”

TIST Academy, a New After School and Mentorship Program Opens in Lynchburg, ABC 13 News (Virginia)

In early January, TIST Academy opened an afterschool program for elementary and middle school students in Lynchburg, Virginia, offering tutoring support as well as enrichment activities. "We're excited about opening this because I want the same thing that I had when I was growing up, another outlet to go to just so that the kids can be themselves," co-founder Raven Thomas told ABC 13 News. The academy also hosts a Saturday mentoring program for high school students that includes breakfast and weekly guest speakers.

After School Program is Changing Lives, Families, Communities, Fox 17 (Michigan)

At New City Kids in Grand Rapids, Michigan, high school students are paid to serve as mentors and music teachers to younger students in the afterschool program, while gaining valuable skills and confidence themselves. “New City [Kids] really helped me,” high schooler Alani Harris told Fox 17. “[It] guided me away from some not so good pathways and guided me toward great pathways. It gave me a place to call home, it gave me support, it gave me friends, it gave me a future to look forward to and even help beyond just me. It helped my family.” The program reports that all their student teachers graduate high school and three-quarters graduate college debt free.

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US Education Chief Visits Jackson Touting ARPA-Funded Out-of-School Programs, WAPT-TV (Mississippi) This week, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited the afterschool program at Casey Elementary School in Jackson, Mississippi to highlight how federal funds from the American Rescue...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/15/23

Weekly Media Roundup: February 8, 2023

News 12 Takes a Look at New After-School Class Focused on Educating Kids About Cannabis, News 12 Connecticut (New York) At the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) afterschool program in the Bronx, New York, middle school students discuss pressing issues, including...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/08/23

Weekly Media Roundup: February 1, 2023

After-School Program Returns to Fair Bluff, Signaling Hope for Flood-Battered Town, Border Belt Independent (North Carolina) Due to repeated floods, including those from Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence, the town of Fair Bluff, North Carolina has lost about a quarter of its population...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/01/23

Weekly Media Roundup: January 25, 2023

California’s Summer and After-School Programs are Effective and Should be Expanded, Report Finds, EdSource (California) To help students recover from the pandemic, the state of California invested $4 billion in expanded learning programs. A new report from the Partnership for Children...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/25/23

Weekly Media Roundup: January 18, 2023

'Safe Spot' Also Filled with Laughter, Energy, Quad-City Times (Iowa) At the Project Renewal afterschool program in Davenport, Iowa, students get help with homework, eat snacks, play games, practice social-emotional skills and take part in arts programming organized by partner...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/18/23

Weekly Media Roundup: January 11, 2023

Color a Positive Thought: Bridgeport Man Creates Coloring Book, After-School Program for City Kids, WTNH (Connecticut) Bridgeport, Connecticut native Harry Bell created “Color a Positive Thought,” a coloring book with inspirational phrases, to help children and families facing...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/11/23

Weekly Media Roundup: January 4, 2022

Popular After School Program Returns to Lexington Public Library, Fox 56 (Kentucky) Recognizing the community’s need for more afterschool programs, the Lexington Public Library is opening programs at its Northside and Village branches in Lexington, Kentucky, offering STEAM (science,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/04/23

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/21/22

Weekly Media Roundup: December 14, 2022

Anaconda After-School Program Receives Donation from Gov. Gianforte, KXLF (Montana) As part of his 12 Days of Giving holiday campaign, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte donated $18,675 of his salary to the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) afterschool program in Anaconda, Montana to assist with...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/14/22

Weekly Media Roundup: December 7, 2022

Season for Sharing: From Homework to Job Skills, Saint Florian Center Helps At-Risk Kids, Indianapolis Star (Indiana) Motivated by the lack of safe, affordable recreation options for children, Indianapolis Fire Department Battalion Chief Anthony Williamson founded the Saint Florian Center nearly...

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