Weekly Media Roundup: January 4, 2022


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, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) activities, homework assistance, snacks and reading enrichment to elementary school students. “The library is about community, and it is about lifelong learning so whatever you are wanting to learn, whether it is in a book, or whether it is how to make something, or just to make a connection with another person. We are here for all of that,” Heather Dieffenbach, executive director of the Lexington Public Library, told Fox 56. “The library and our partners are committed to being a resource to families here in the Bluegrass and providing a safe environment where children and youth are able to grow and thrive.”

Boys & Girls Club Opens New Building in Mission, Lake County Leader (Montana)

After four months of remodeling, the Boys & Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County in Montana opened a new center in Mission last month that includes a kitchen for cooking classes, a ‘quiet room,’ a computer lab, and more. The new center is one block from St. Ignatius Elementary and was previously owned by the city. A large group of volunteers made the renovation possible, and remodeling costs were covered by an anonymous donor. “I’m glad the kids are going to have this space and I hope this solidifies for the community that we want to be here, that we want to be part of the fabric of this community,” Director of Operations Amy Vaughan told the Lake County Leader.

How One School is Helping Gen Z Teens Reconnect, Sacramento Bee (California)

Each afternoon after school, students at Florin High School in Sacramento, California can choose to build robots, take part in Dungeons & Dragons games, bake cookies, attend tutoring sessions or participate in dance clubs. Approximately 15% of the student body participates in the federally funded afterschool program that is helping students reengage after years of social distancing and remote learning. “There’s that sense of belonging,” Florin High School Vice Principal Edward Lee told the Sacramento Bee. “Do I feel safe when I’m at school? Do I feel like I belong at school? And that’s something that Dungeons & Dragons does; volleyball does that. ... When we give (students) those opportunities, they feel like, ‘Hey, I can be at my best; I’m accepted.’ And they feel better about themselves. In turn, they do better academically.”

Afterschool Program ‘MicroSociety’ Gives Kids Life Skills in West Little River, CBS Miami (Florida)

At the ‘MicroSociety’ afterschool program in Miami, Florida, elementary schoolers roleplay in a model community, creating a constitution and applying for ‘jobs’ such as postal worker, artist, or shop owner. Students learn about civics by participating in the model town’s local government and running for elected office. “They bring up any issue that they’re having with any employee or any of the ventures and they talk about it at town hall meetings and then they come together for problem-solving,” New Jerusalem Community Development Corporation Director Sabrina Floyd told CBS Miami. The program is run by the New Jerusalem Community Development Corporation with funding from The Children’s Trust.

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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