LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Science Camp Offers Fun, Learning: Sallie B. Howard School Hosted Monthlong Program, Wake Weekly (North Carolina)
Eighty-five soon-to-be sixth graders attended Sipnayan Camp this year in Wilson, North Carolina. Over the course of the program, the students studied math and reading, performed science experiments such as dissecting cow eyeballs, played musical instruments, practiced cooking, learned about leadership from Wilson Mayor Bruce Rose, and more. A 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant funded the tuition-free summer learning program, which provided meals, snacks, materials and transportation. “It gives [students] a chance to have some diversity, to see that there is more to life than just math and reading, but also to help them develop their personalities and their interest in other things such as the arts,” music teacher Geremy Howell told the Wake Weekly. “It just helps them to be a well-rounded individual.”
‘I Want to Be Better’, Richmond Magazine (Virginia)
Students in Higher Achievement Richmond dedicate 475 out-of-school hours to the program each year, including after school and during a six-week Summer Academy. The tuition-free program includes tutoring, college visits, high school application assistance, dance, film, sports and field trips. Mentors help students develop a growth mindset that will serve them both in school and outside it. “When I first came here, I was horrible in math… math is now my favorite subject,” a 12-year-old named Romero told Richmond Magazine. “I just, like, stepped up… if you’re bored over the summer, you can come. ‘Cause when I get bored, I get in trouble.”
Adults and Children Growing Together, The Register-Herald (West Virginia)
At Coda Mountain Academy’s afterschool programs and summer camps, children have made edible playdough, crafted their own dulcimers (a type of string instrument), sung Broadway tunes and learned to yodel. The Academy offers meals, and staff members – who include college students and former coal miners – emphasize the social and emotional aspects of learning to express oneself through art. “I like that it introduces kids to different aspects of music, and it’s a really positive thing for them to have in their life,” college student Perri Kiser, who directs one of the camps, told the Register-Herald. “I think it’s wonderful for them to have this opportunity because it teaches them discipline and diligence, and with positive outcomes in this program, it shows them they can work toward any goal.”
Watertown 7th Graders' Experiment Heading into Space, North County Public Radio (New York)
Last Sunday, students in the Jefferson County Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development afterschool program watched the launch of a SpaceX Falcon rocket that is carrying an experiment they designed to the International Space Station – and celebrated the culmination of a year’s work. In September, the Watertown, New York students came up with the focus of their experiment – removing metallic rust in space – and have been researching and designing it ever since. When the experiment returns to Earth in late August, they will study the results. “I learned a lot more about teamwork and effort and stuff, because it’s really hard to work as a team, but I think this team works together really well,” seventh-grader Skyye Mee-Thomas told North County Public Radio.
Prime Time Palm Beach Continues Programs, Lake Okeechobee News (Florida)
When schools closed due to the pandemic, Prime Time Palm Beach County quickly created an online library where families...
ACPS’s Summer Learning Classes Aid Coronavirus Learning Slump, Local DVM (Virginia)
This summer, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) in Virginia are offering free virtual summer learning...
Hoops and Homework Centers in Framingham Reopen with ‘Super Duper Excited’ Students, Metrowest Daily News (Massachusetts)
When schools and programs closed due to the coronavirus...
Boys & Girls Club Delivers Camp For Kids, New Haven Independent (Connecticut)
This week, about 60 students ages five to 14 started a six-week summer learning camp at the Boys & Girls Club...
Learning Center to Have At-Home Learning Sessions, Meadeville Tribune (Pennsylvania)
Each Monday through Thursday in July, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mentoring Program in Meadeville,...
JCPS' New Summer School Program Offers Virtual Adventures, Big-Ticket Prizes, Courier Journal (Kentucky)
Through the Jefferson County Public Schools’ online “Summer League”...
Total Trek Quest Announces New Virtual Summer Program, ABC 13 (Michigan)
Total Trek Quest engages boys in third through fifth grades in Grand Rapids, Michigan with afterschool programming focused on goal setting, social-emotional learning, physical activity and health education. This summer,...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 06/10/20
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Youth Stay Active With Virtual Services, Encinitas Advocate (California)
While in-person programming is suspended due to the pandemic, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sandieguito in California is offering tutoring, music classes and sports practice to keep...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 06/03/20
L.A. School District Plans Star-Studded Summer Learning for Students — with James Cameron Teaching ‘Titanic’ and a Book Group with Alicia Keys and Others, The Washington Post
This summer, students in Los Angeles will learn to draw and animate from the studio behind...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/27/20
Burlington Provides Care at School — or at Home — for Essential Workers' Kids, Seven Days (Vermont)
Afterschool staff and paraeducators are providing a safe, enriching learning environment for children of essential workers in Burlington, Vermont while schools and afterschool...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/20/20
OCCA Develops “Art Kits” For 21st Century After School Program, The News Guard (Oregon)
This school year, the Sam Case Elementary 21st Century Afterschool Program in Newport, Oregon partnered with the Oregon Coast Council of the Arts (OCCA) to facilitate four-week art classes for...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/13/20
Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Program Makes House Calls, Augusta Free Press (Virginia)
On Monday, the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Adventure Club in Augusta County, Virginia delivered care packages to students. They included handwritten notes, sidewalk chalk, and materials...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/06/20
YMCA to Finish '7 Habits of Happy Kids' Series Via Video, The Sentinel-Record (Arkansas)
This year, the Hot Springs Family YMCA Successful Children Out-of-School Recreation and Education (S.C.O.R.E.) afterschool program in Arkansas has facilitated a social-emotional learning series...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 04/29/20
After School Program Adjusting to Help Kids When There’s No School, QuadCities.com (Iowa)
While in-person programming is suspended due to coronavirus, the Spring Forward afterschool program in the Quad Cities region of Iowa has launched Spring Forward At Home. Through a partnership with...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 04/15/20
Photo by Pragyan Bezbaruah, courtesy of Picnoi.
AmeriCorps’ Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) work to alleviate poverty by providing indirect service to their communities. Our afterschool VISTAs and the work they do are essential to the expansion of afterschool access for the...
BY: Marisa Paipongna 04/13/20
With Coronavirus Shuttering Its After-School Program, South Reading Youth Initiative Sends Help to Students' Homes, Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania)
At the South Reading Youth Initiative afterschool program in Reading, Pennsylvania, about 100 first and second grade school students receive...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 04/08/20
Afterschool Girls + STEAM Program Launches, Fosters (Delaware)
In Delaware, girls in the Seymour Osman Community Center afterschool program learn engineering concepts by working with UV reactive beads, building sun-resistant shelters, and more. The new “Girls + STEAM” (science,...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 11/21/18
Program connects young minds with learning at Boys & Girls Club (Lowell Sun, Massachusetts)
At a STEAM makerspace in Billerica, Mass., hands-on experiences with cutting-edge technology stimulate students’ love of learning. Created by the local Boys & Girls Club and supported by...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/18/18
Campers build confidence at Bricks 4 Kidz (The Bakersfield Californian, California)
At a day camp in Bakersfield, children spend their days building all kinds of structures with LEGO® bricks, learning STEM concepts along the way. With a different theme to inspire them each week, campers at...
BY: Emily Hecker 06/20/18
Free Camps Help Level Playing Field for Future US Soccer Stars, Voice of America
In Washington, D.C., a free soccer program provides a safe community, mentoring relationships, and quality sports education to low-income students. DC Scores reaches approximately 3,000 third- to eighth-grade...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/01/18
Ten Significant Accomplishments of the African Community Learning Program in 2018, The Philadelphia Sunday Sun (Pennsylvania)
University of Pennsylvania senior Aminata Sy founded the African Community Learning Program in October 2017 to inspire academic achievement among 1st to 8th grade...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/09/19
Making a model of Math Corps
In Detroit, Michigan, the Math Corps academic and mentoring program is looking to expand to Detroit public schools, several new states and potentially two West African countries. In its 26-year-history, Math Corps has reached approximately 3,000 low-income students...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/08/18