Weekly Media Roundup: January 26, 2022


Weekly Media Roundup: January 26, 2022

Children of the Valley After-School Program Comes to Sedro-Woolley, Go Skagit (Washington)

An afterschool program that boosts students’ academic, social and emotional skills recently opened a new site in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. At the Children of the Valley afterschool program, students take part in team-building activities, eat healthy snacks and receive an hour of tutoring each day. “Seeing how happy and how excited the kids were to be there and to see this finally happen, it was very emotional and very exciting,” Executive Director Flora Lucatero told Go Skagit. “We want to provide a safe place where they can share how they are feeling emotionally in a supportive environment.”

Harrisburg Afterschool Program Helps Combat Gun Violence, WHP-TV (Pennsylvania)

Each weekday at the L.O.O.P. (Left Out Organization Program) Boyz and Girlz program in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, more than 1,250 students connect with mentors, get academic support and explore their interests. Dr. Anthony Burnett Sr. created the program in 2002 to keep students safe and help them succeed. “In a desperate time, there was violence in … the community and drugs and all kinds of different things so I said, you know what, I need to do something,” Dr. Burnett told WHP-TV. “So, I stepped up.… [Students] say, ‘Coach Duke, if it had not been for you, I don’t know where I would be. And that kind of makes me -- it gives me tears, you know, sometimes I tear up.”

Boys and Girls Club of the Magic Valley Now Offering After-School Program for Teens, KMVT (Idaho)

Thanks to a new afterschool program, teenagers in Twin Falls, Idaho now have a place to go for homework assistance, games and group activities. Elev8 at the Boys and Girls Club of the Magic Valley even offers weekly field trips to local attractions, including bowling alleys and movie theatres. “Our mission here is to enable all young people to become caring and productive citizens when they get older, and that mission doesn’t stop when they turn 13, when they become a teenager,” Jake Brasil, the Elev8 teen director, told KMVT. “They still need support and that is what we are here to give them, give them a safe place to be and surround them with caring people.”

Austin After-School Program Teaches Kids to Code, Spectrum News (Texas)

Each day after school, elementary school students at the Austin Kids Can! program in Texas are learning valuable computer skills while working together to develop online games. “These are all fundamental skills that kids at an early age benefit from,” Donna Raskin, executive director and founder of Austin Kids Can!, told Spectrum News. In “the computer science and coding [class], they [learn] how to problem solve, a lot of math and reading involved and a lot of critical thinking.” The free afterschool program is funded through the Andy Roddick Foundation and is offered at three elementary schools.

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