LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Dance Program Sparks Joy While Teaching Cultural Diversity, WABC-TV (New York)
Students at the Dance to Unite afterschool programs learn about various cultures through the art of dance. The program includes students from 11 different schools, and each day begins with a lesson about kindness. “We have Indian dance, we have hip hop, we have jazz, African dance, Chinese dance, flamenco,” Founder Galit Adani told WABC-TV. “Teach and celebrate cultural diversity, that's the most important thing. The dance is the vehicle, it's not the goal. If they become professional dancers, awesome.”
Teaching Fellows Get Hands-On Instruction with Students, The Business Journal (California)
This fall, the California Teaching Fellows Foundation plans to hire nearly 500 college students interested in education to work at afterschool programs in the Fresno Valley. “One of our main interests is to help local school districts to build a pipeline of future teachers and educators,” Mike Snell, CEO of California Teaching Fellows Foundation, told The Business Journal. “School districts identified programs they want to work to build, so the majority of our funding is for college students to work in afterschool programs that provide tutoring, mentorship, physical education and other services like social and emotional support.”
Summer Learning Labs Aim To Combat Lost Instruction In Marion County Due To Pandemic., WFYI (Indiana)
This summer, The Mind Trust, a nonprofit, is teaming up with the United Way of Central Indiana and multiple school districts to create five-week, full-day “summer learning lab” programs at 39 sites across Marion County. For the first half of each day, students will work with teachers on reading and math skills. Then, students will spend each afternoon exploring fun, engaging enrichment activities such as coding, theater, and dance, take field trips to local sports events, and more. The programs aim to address students’ academic and social and emotional needs. “Students will have time and space to interact with their peers, learn appropriate interaction with their peers, and also just express their emotions and feelings about the world around them and in their personal lives,” BELIEVE Circle City High School Dean of Students Jawn Manning told WFYI.
Teen Center Granted $10,000 for Afterschool Program, The Reflector (Washington)
At the Rocksolid Community Teen Center afterschool program in Brush Prairie, Washington, students in grades 5-12 develop organizational skills, learn about financial literacy, connect with mentors, take field trips, explore fun activities such as baking, do community service projects and more. The program recently received a $10,000 grant from the Taco Bell Foundation to develop students’ healthy habits and leadership skills. “We were so excited to know that financial piece was coming in and that we can continue to do good work with kids,” Executive Director Marcy Sprecher told the Reflector.
Gwinnett Celebrating Importance of Afterschool Programs, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)
On October 28, Gwinnett County, Georgia, will celebrate Lights...
Non-profit Looks to Bring Hope to Chadbourn Youth, WWAY-TV (North Carolina)
A new afterschool program in Chadbourn, North Carolina will focus on mentorship, athletics, academics, and character...
Children of the Valley Program Expanding to Burlington, Sedro-Woolley, GoSkagit.com (Washington)
At the onset of the pandemic, the Mount Vernon School District in Washington state reached out to...
Staying Active: McAllen Club Navigating COVID Fears, Funding Cuts, The Monitor (Texas)
With strong community support, the Boys and Girls Club of McAllen, Texas has been able to keep its...
'Too young to do nothing,' Grandma's House Founder is Tulare's Woman of the Year, Visalia Times Delta (California)
When Flora Johnson retired as an elementary school principal...
Girls Inc. Kicks Off its After School Program for Girls, Messenger-Inquirer (Kentucky)
The Girls Inc. program in Owensboro, Kentucky resumed its After School Academy last week, during which...
Community Stepped Up When the Going Got Tough, Sandusky Register (Ohio)
When the pandemic hit, the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio immediately got to work to ensure students’ academic, physical and emotional needs were met. The Club partnered with Sandusky City Schools to...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/24/21
Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Unified School District Present Encore of BRAVO! Program, Noozhawk (California)
Through an ongoing collaboration with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) has continued to provide a free afterschool program to...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/17/21
A New Mural Was Created By Children And Artist At Reddick Elementary School In Wimauma, Osprey Observer (Florida)
Students from migrant families in the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida spent four weeks creating a mural promoting kindness at a nearby...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/10/21
Thousands of Dallas Children Are in Need of After-School Care, Survey Finds, The Dallas Morning News (Texas)
The America After 3PM survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance found that more than 101,000 children in Dallas, Texas aren’t in afterschool programs, but would be if a...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/03/21
MSCR Cares Program at Henderson Elementary Supports Students Indoors and Out, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin)
At Madison School and Community Recreation Cares sites in Madison, Wisconsin, about 650 elementary students spend their mornings doing remote learning with the support of trained...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/27/21
More Than Just an Afterschool Program: Española Nonprofit Plans for Expansion, KRQE (New Mexico)
Thanks to a $100,000 matching grant from the Thoma Art Foundation, Moving Arts Española will soon open a teen center where middle and high school students can access career...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/19/21
YMCA gives kids ‘a dose of normal,’ Martha’s Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
To help students overcome isolation and disconnection, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is providing in-person programming for students each afternoon. The program provides enrichment activities and...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/13/21
Girls Inc. Takes Creative Approach to Programming During COVID-19, The Daily Times (Tennessee)
At the in-person and virtual afterschool programs run by Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, about 200 girls explore engineering, science, and agriculture, reflect on song lyrics, journal, learn about...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/06/21
Lack Of Afterschool Program Access In Indiana Could Impact Education, Economic Recovery, WBAA (Georgia)
A recent household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance, America After 3PM, found that more than 400,000 children in Indiana cannot access the afterschool programs they need....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/23/20
Column: Hawaii Behind on Afterschool Programs, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Hawaii)
Although data from the household survey America After 3 PM showed Hawaii was a national leader in afterschool participation in 2009, the 2020 America After 3 PM report shows unmet demand for afterschool has...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/16/20
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