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Weekly Media Roundup: June 15, 2022

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Weekly Media Roundup: June 15, 2022

Spanish American Center Gets United Way Grants for After-School Programs, Leominster Champion (Massachusetts)

Continuing its ongoing support of afterschool programs, the United Way of North Central Massachusetts recently awarded $398,800 in grants to 18 local Massachusetts agencies for afterschool and summer learning initiatives. The Spanish American Center (SAC) in Leominster is grateful for the additional funding for its Cross-Roads Afterschool program. “Every day that we witness the importance of Cross-Roads, SAC continues to be a beacon of hope and blessing for our children and youth,” SAC Executive Director Neddy Latimer told the Leominster Champion. “We are very proud of our positive outcomes and have seen life changing results, increasing confidence and self-esteem and bringing children hope.”

Columbus Chapter of After-School All-Stars Celebrates First Year of Mentorship Program, Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)

Last fall, the After-School All-Stars chapter in Columbus, Ohio expanded its afterschool program to include a unique mentoring program. Thirty-two students were paired with firefighters, police officers and patrol officers. Throughout the school year, the first responders met both virtually and in person with their mentees, offering support and guidance. “Mentorship at its core is not only about changing the trajectory of youth, but also it’s about connection,” Kirstin Buckner, After-School All-Stars mentorship program manager, told the Columbus Dispatch. “There was this little boy who walked up to me and said, ‘Wait a minute, you have all these fire trucks and all these police cruisers out here just to say hi? No one’s getting in trouble?’”

Harlem After-School Program Teaches the Sport of Squash and Life Lessons, PIX 11 (New York)

At StreetSquash, a free afterschool program in Harlem, middle and high school students play squash, access mental health counseling, work one-on-one with academic tutors, and explore colleges and careers. Program leaders say the sport teaches essential skills that help students succeed in all areas of their lives, such as persistence and discipline. “It’s time to just have fun, let go of all the negative. You hit the ball and just release everything,” 16-year-old Khissaiyia Spencer, a champion squash player who will travel to London for training as part of the program, told PIX 11.

San Diego Foundation Awards $12.3M to 90 Nonprofits for ‘Level Up SD’ Summer Learning, Times of San Diego (California)

Last year, the San Diego Unified Board of Education partnered with the San Diego Foundation to create the Level UP SD summer enrichment program to help students reengage amidst the pandemic, learn new skills, and explore their interests. The San Diego Foundation recently awarded $12.3 million to continue the program this summer. Offered alongside the district’s morning summer school program, Level Up includes performing arts, robotics, field trips to museums and parks, and more. “San Diego Unified students will once again have free access to meaningful summer enrichment opportunities because every child deserves a summer of learning and joy,” Sharon Whitehurst-Payne, president of the San Diego Unified Board of Education, told the Times of San Diego.

Weekly Media Roundup, July 20, 2022

After-School Programs Are Part of Addressing Pandemic-Related Issues, But Funding is a Challenge, Hawai’i Public Radio (Hawai’i) Research shows classroom disruptions and student behavior problems have increased during the pandemic. Afterschool leaders in Hawai’i say...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/20/22

Weekly Media Roundup: July 13, 2022

Camp Promotes Essential Bond Between Sports and Mental Health, The Bradford Sun (Pennsylvania) This summer, mental health professionals are joining the 21st Century Sports Camp in Bradford, Pennsylvania to talk to students about coping with their emotions, self-care, and other social-emotional...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/13/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 29, 2022

Young Readers Recognized for Their Achievements at Vicksburg City Hall, Vicksburg Post (Mississippi) To celebrate a successful first year, students from the Post-COVID Educational Enhancement Program in Vicksburg, Mississippi took a trolley ride to city hall to meet with Vicksburg Mayor George...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/29/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 22, 2022

When the End of School Means the Beginning of Summer Learning Loss … and What This Local Nonprofit is Doing About it, Brooklyn Reader (New York) For six weeks this summer, more than 100 students in Horizons NYC’s summer learning program will learn to swim and kayak, participate in a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/22/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 15, 2022

Spanish American Center Gets United Way Grants for After-School Programs, Leominster Champion (Massachusetts) Continuing its ongoing support of afterschool programs, the United Way of North Central Massachusetts recently awarded $398,800 in grants to 18 local Massachusetts agencies for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/15/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 8, 2022

After-School Programs Band Together to Build Bots, Shoshone News-Press (Idaho) The Pinehurst Elementary After-School Solution program and the Kellogg Middle School WISE afterschool program joined together to celebrate last month’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) night in...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/08/22

Weekly Media Roundup: May 25, 2022

YMCA’s “Find My Genius” Now an After-School Program, Citizens Journal (California) With a grant from California’s Expanded Learning Opportunities Program, the Southeast Ventura County YMCA has transformed its Find My Genius summer enrichment program into an afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/01/22

Weekly Media Roundup, May 25, 2022

Beatrice After School Program Granted Another Five Years, Beatrice Daily Sun (Nebraska) At the Beatrice Learning After School Time (BLAST) program in Beatrice, Nebraska, more than 170 students take part in fun, educational activities ranging from robotics to sewing. Students also grow their own...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/25/22

Weekly Media Roundup: May 18, 2022

Clark, Champaign Organizations Awarded Grants for Student Academic Needs, Well-Being, Springfield News-Sun (Ohio) Thanks to a $2.1 million Summer Learning and Afterschool Opportunities grant from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), the Champaign Family YMCA and Graham Local School District...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/18/22

Weekly Media Roundup: May 11, 2022

Wimauma After School Program Provides Consistent, Safe Place for Students to Grow, ABC Action News (Florida) At the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida, children of migrant workers enjoy participating in yoga classes, painting murals with local artists and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/11/22