LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
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 could choose from more than 2,000 learning activities designed to help students discover new interests and develop their academic skills. This summer, the program is hosting a free virtual summer camp that offers activities ranging from virtual dance tutorials to lessons from the Palm Beach Zoo. An out-of-school time intermediary, Prime Time has partnered with afterschool programs and summer camps in Palm Beach County, Florida throughout the pandemic by providing training and stipends and helping programs transition to virtual programming. “Being a part of these trainings with other colleagues and hearing how their programs are operating…was definitely food for thought, and things that I could certainly glean from that will be impactful within our program,” afterschool practitioner Anecia Wilson told the Lake Okeechobee News.
Compassion in Action: Aloha MAP Program Distributes School Supplies to Participants, Hawaii Tribune Herald (Hawaii)
This summer, students in Hawaii are learning about Hawaiian language and culture, exploring science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), trying out new recipes, prepping for the ACT/SAT, doing fun workouts and more through a free virtual summer learning program from Aloha MAP (Meritorious Achievement Program). This month, the program hosted a drive-through event where about 900 children received bags filled with school supplies, snacks, books, wellness kits, sunglasses and more to help them enjoy summer and prepare for school. “We cannot let these kids get left behind,” Project Director Lilinoi Grace told the Hawaii Tribune Herald.
Boston Summer Programs Host More Than 12,000 Youth, Patch Charlestown (Massachusetts)
Boston After School & Beyond is supporting 95 virtual and in-person summer learning programs this summer, helping more than 12,000 students explore their passions, learn new skills and stay connected to one another. Activities focus on mixed martial arts, exercise science. leadership development, sailing, storytelling, soccer, film editing and more. “The programs in our network have demonstrated remarkable creativity and persistence, rising to the challenge of the pandemic to serve the young people of Boston,” Chris Smith, executive director of Boston After School & Beyond, told Patch Charlestown. “Despite numerous obstacles, program leaders have found ways to engage kids in learning and keep them connected to one another.”
Freedom Schools Come to Wilmington, Here’s What the Program is All About, Port City Daily (North Carolina)
At the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School program in Wilmington, North Carolina, about 50 students are spending their summer dancing, singing, creating art, reading, writing and more, while taking extra precautions and social distancing. The program features a culturally responsive curriculum that uses literature to spark student discussions on racism, sexism, and other social issues, led by student leader interns from local universities. “The heart of Freedom School is letting our scholars know they can make a difference in their families, in themselves, in their communities,” site coordinator Keisha Robinson told the Port City Daily. “We’re building them up here but they’re taking it someplace else with them.”
Esther Elonga: Afterschool Programs Even More Important During a Pandemic, New Hampshire Union Leader (New Hampshire)
When Esther Elonga came to the United States as a refugee at the age of 16,...
Boys & Girls Club of St. Marys Still Offering After-School Programs, Courier Express (Pennsylvania)
At the Boys and Girls Club of St. Marys afterschool program in St. Marys, Pennsylvania,...
YMCA Expands its Mission During COVID-19 Pandemic, The Times News (Tennessee)
When schools and afterschool programs closed due to the pandemic in March, the Greater Kingsport Family YMCA in...
Answering the Call for Remote Learning Needs, Herald News (Indiana)
Three afterschool programs in Fall River, Indiana are ensuring students have a safe place to learn and explore their interests...
A Different Look: Noblesville Boys & Girls Club Forges Ahead with Smaller Numbers, Current (Indiana)
At the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville in Noblesville, Indiana, students get help with...
Lending a Helping Hand in Remote Instruction for Sumter Students, The Sumter Item (South Carolina)
This summer, staff at the Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church in Sumter, South Carolina heard from...
Where Atlanta Parents Turn When Children Can’t Do Online School at Home, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)
Afterschool providers throughout Atlanta, Georgia are stepping up to provide safe, supportive environments for students to do distance learning while their parents are...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/26/20
After-School Programs Adjusting to COVID-19 Challenges, Live 5 News (South Carolina)
Several organizations in Charleston, South Carolina are finding creative ways to support students as the start of a new school year approaches. For example, the Metanoia Youth Leadership Academy will offer...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/19/20
Safe Spaces: Back-To-School Options For Cleveland's Working Parents, Idea Stream (Ohio)
This fall, when Cleveland schools open remotely, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio is planning to serve more than 500 students with enriching all-day, in-person programming. To do so, the Club...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/12/20
The After School All Stars Program Provides Support for Both Students and Parents, WSFL-TV (Florida)
When schools closed due the pandemic, After School All Stars (ASAS) quickly found ways to support students and families remotely, first with a virtual afterschool program and then with a virtual...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/05/20
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 could choose from more than 2,000 learning activities designed to help students discover new interests...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/29/20
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 classes to all students to keep them engaged, academically enriched, and connected to one another....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/22/20
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 pandemic, the Hoops and Homework afterschool program quickly pivoted to supporting students through...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/15/20
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 of New Haven in Connecticut. Students are divided into small pods, wearing masks and practicing...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/08/20
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, Pennsylvania will hold interactive, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lessons online....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/01/20
JCPS' New Summer School Program Offers Virtual Adventures, Big-Ticket Prizes, Courier Journal (Kentucky)
Through the Jefferson County Public Schools’ online “Summer League” program, students in Louisville, Kentucky can explore new interests and keep their academic skills...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 06/24/20
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
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
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
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