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.

Weekly Media Roundup: May 10, 2023

D.O.V.E.S Afterschool Program Builds Self-Esteem, Confidence in Local Elementary Students, WMDT (Maryland) At the D.O.V.E.S. (Daughters of Value, Excellence and Success) afterschool program in Salisbury, Maryland, young girls are empowered to be themselves and support one another and others in...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/10/23

Weekly Media Roundup: May 3, 2023

Rally at the Capitol for Funding Afterschool Programs, Fox 43 (Pennsylvania) Afterschool providers, parents and advocates gathered on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg today to urge the state legislature to pass House Bill 795, which would provide state funding for afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/03/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 26, 2023

Local After School Care Program Aims to Help Kids Regain Knowledge Lost Due to COVID, KFDA (Texas) At the Bear Paws afterschool program in Amarillo, Texas, middle school students are participating in engaging activities to tackle learning loss from the pandemic. “We’re trying to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/26/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 19, 2023

After-School Program and City Officials Celebrate Arbor Day, Cumberland Times-News (Maryland) In honor of Arbor Day, elementary school students from Allegany County Public Schools’ afterschool programs participated in a tree planting ceremony at Gene Mason Sports Complex in Cumberland,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/19/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 12, 2023

Schools Used ESSER Funds for After-School Programs. What Happens When the Money Runs Out? Education Week With the assistance of ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding, afterschool and summer programs throughout the country were able to expand and serve a greater number...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/12/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 5, 2023

After-School Programs Financed with Pandemic Funds Making a Difference in Chester County, Daily Local News (Pennsylvania) Funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is helping Mighty Writers and Coatesville Kids to College, two afterschool programs in Chester County, Pennsylvania, expand...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/05/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 29, 2023

Commentary: SC Afterschool Programs Can Help Close Gender Gap in STEM Industries, The Post and Courier (South Carolina) In a recent guest column for the Post and Courier, South Carolina Afterschool Alliance President and CEO Zelda Waymer notes the overlap between Women’s History Month and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/29/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 22, 2023

Non-Profit Helps Lynn Students Prepare for Careers in Human Services, CBS Boston (Massachusetts) At the Pathways to Opportunities afterschool program at Lynn Classical High School in Massachusetts, high schoolers explore careers in human services with help from mentors from the Northeast Arc, a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/22/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 15, 2023

Youth Invited to Reimagine Sioux Falls with City Build 2040 Event, Dakota News Now (South Dakota) Elementary schoolers attending the South Dakota Afterschool Network’s two-day City Build 2040 event in Sioux Falls will work with local experts to create models that showcase their vision for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/15/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 8, 2023

STUDENT VOICES: We Need More Women in STEM Fields, and We Have Ideas for Making that Happen, The Hechinger Report In a guest column for the Hechinger Report, high schoolers Henrietta Rasmusson and Emerald Yankey list three priorities for increasing women’s participation in science,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/08/23