Weekly Media Roundup: January 25, 2023


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 and Youth analyzing the first year of the program found that “the state’s investments made it possible for far more students to benefit from summer and after-school enrichment programs, especially those from low-income families. Students benefitted academically as well as socially and emotionally,” EdSource reports. The report includes a number of recommendations for next steps, including making the new funding permanent, surveying students and parents on their experiences, expanding the program to include middle and high school students, and more.

Knoxville Church Lends a Hand to Help After-School Program Reopen After Burst Pipe, WATE-TV (Tennessee)

When a pipe burst in the Thrive afterschool program’s kitchen over Christmas, Second Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee quickly offered the use of their kitchen so students could continue to receive dinners at the program. “Thrive really is a second home for a lot of the kids, they spend about four hours every day after school with us and we provide the academic help they need, the social help, and the food is a major component of it as well,” Holly Kizer, a grant writer with Thrive, told WATE-TV. The Knoxville community is also raising money to help pay for the costly repairs.

Multi-Million-Dollar Investment Project Focuses on Impoverished Neighborhood, WSOC-TV (South Carolina)

To assist the approximately two-thirds of Lancaster, South Carolina residents living at or below poverty level, the Lancaster Promise Neighborhood project offers comprehensive services, including afterschool programs, to prepare students for school and beyond. Sha’kur Francis, program director at Lancaster Promise Neighborhood, spoke about his experience as a former participant in an afterschool program. “I grew up in a community similar to this in Charleston. It was because of an education that I’m able to stand before you today,” Francis told WSOC-TV. “Lancaster Promise Neighborhood (project) is a five-year, $25-million federal grant aimed to start programs that start from the cradle of a child’s life, up until college or career.”

Hallie Q Brown Expanding Ater-School Program to Middle, High School Students in St. Paul, KARE 11 (Minnesota)

A new afterschool program for middle and high schoolers at the Hallie Q Brown Community Center will focus on technology and academics and provide tutoring from local college students. The program is part of a community response to the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old last week in St. Paul. "We've seen the demand and we've known that we need it. It's been something that we've been thinking about for a while. We just want a safe place for [students] and a place where they can come and be focused on what they have to focus on, not on protecting themselves,” Assistant Executive Director Angie Goettl told KARE 11.

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The CARE Center Collecting Snacks, Books for Upcoming Summer Learning Program, WHNT (Alabama) In preparation for its summer learning program, the CARE Center in Huntsville, Alabama is hosting a food and book drive so each of the 300 students participating in its summer program will receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/17/24

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Detroit Kids Dance Through School Work at After-School Program, CBS News Detroit (Michigan) At the Let’s Dance afterschool program at Detroit’s Dufree Innovation Society, students work with teaching artists on dance routines with academic concepts built in. Afterward, the same...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/11/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 3, 2024

At IPS School 43, Teaching Kids to Read is a Community Effort, WISH-TV (Indiana) At the Martin Luther King Community Center’s afterschool program in Indianapolis, Indiana, elementary school students are paired with mentors who encourage them to read through a variety of engaging...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/03/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 27, 2024

The Opp Helps Mr. Calloway’s Students Thrive, Tulsa Kids (Oklahoma) Thanks to support from The Opportunity Project, students at the Culinary Arts afterschool program at East Central Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma are practicing cooking techniques while also learning about budgeting and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/27/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 20, 2024

Matthew McConaughey and ASU Are Helping an Arizona School District. Here's How, Arizona Republic (Arizona) Matthew McConaughey and Arizona State University (ASU) have teamed up to help a Phoenix-area school district apply for federal afterschool funding included in the Bipartisan Safer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/20/24

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BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/13/24

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BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/06/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 28, 2024

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BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/28/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 21, 2024

Missoula After-School Program for BIPOC Youth Creating Next Generation of Leaders, KTVQ-TV (Montana) At the Association for BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) Youth afterschool program in Missoula, Montana, students of color build community, take part in mindfulness activities, and develop...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/21/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 14, 2024

Viewpoint: Invest in Out-of-School Programs to Help Solve State’s Educational Challenges, South Bend Tribune (Indiana) Indiana lawmakers are considering continuing the state’s pandemic-era investments in out-of-school time learning, including afterschool and summer learning programs....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/14/24