Weekly Media Roundup: March 15, 2023


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 Sioux Falls in 2040. The students will incorporate recyclable materials into their designs and examine the impact climate change and community needs have on city planning. “Creating opportunities like City Build where youth are given a voice and access to real-world examples of people who are carrying out this kind of work is an important element to introducing career opportunities and challenging young minds with hands-on experiences,” Billy Mawhiney, executive director of the South Dakota Afterschool Network and an Afterschool Alliance Afterschool Ambassador, told Dakota News Now. “Afterschool programs provide an ideal environment to let kids really dive in and explore new concepts in a meaningful way.”

Can a New, $400K Youth Training Program Turn Century from 'Forgotten' to 'Unforgettable'? Pensacola News Journal (Florida)

Thanks to a $400,000 grant from the Escambia County Children’s Trust, the Urban Development Center in Century, Florida will open a new afterschool program focusing on career development, workforce readiness and entrepreneurial opportunities. YouthFirst Century will provide technology courses, job training and mental health support to students ages 11 to 18. “We’re teaching people how to be self-sufficient from the time that they’re children and get them to start dreaming and seeing their capability and understanding that competency does build confidence,” the Urban Development Center’s Jessica Griffen told the Pensacola News Journal.

$500K in Grants Available for Howard County After-School Programs, WBAL-TV (Maryland)

Last week, officials with Howard County in Maryland announced $500,000 in new grants for out-of-school time programs to support students’ mental health in the wake of the pandemic. The grants will be awarded to nonprofit programs serving students ages 10-18 and can be used to strengthen existing programming or create new programs. “Young people, you deserve support and for the root causes of the issues to be addressed. You deserve mental health supports and trauma-informed and healing-centered approaches. You deserve safe spaces to go after school…. You deserve grace, especially after what we all have gone through after the last three years," Columbia Community Care’s Erica Stauss Chavarria told WBAL-TV.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford Show Their Work in STEAM Program, WTNH-TV (Connecticut)

Students from the Greater Hartford Boys & Girls Clubs afterschool program visited Makerspace Connecticut last Thursday to take part in hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) activities and display their STEAM creations. The students recently won first place in a STEAM competition that included five Boys & Girls Clubs from across the country. “This is a way that our young people can showcase the work,” Greater Hartford Boys & Girls Clubs CEO and President Sam Gray told WTNH-TV. “Whether it be through robotics, coding — all those different disciplines. Tonight … the kids had the opportunity to show off to their families, as well.”

Weekly Media Roundup: October 25, 2023

Iberville Coalition Launches Baton Rouge Youth Coalition Satellite Campus, Plaquemine Post South (Louisiana) In September, the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC) partnered with Dow Louisiana, the Iberville Parish School Board (IPSB), and the YMCA to open its first satellite campus at the Dow...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/25/23

Weekly Media Roundup: October 18, 2023

Participation in Boston Summer Learning Programs Reached All-Time High This Year, WBUR (Massachusetts) This past summer, nearly one in four Boston youths between the ages of five and 14 participated in the city’s educational summer programs and many of the programs were provided at no...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/18/23

Weekly Media Roundup: October 11, 2023

Monte Vista Gets AT&T Support for After-School Learning Lab, Alamosa Citizen (Colorado) Thanks to a $35,000 AT&T Foundation grant, the Monte Vista Kids Connection afterschool program in San Luis Valley, Colorado is purchasing much needed laptops and software for students attending the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/11/23

Weekly Media Roundup: October 4, 2023

N.Y. Afterschool Programs Work to Support Academic, Emotional Needs, Spectrum News 1 (New York) Afterschool programs across New York State are helping students catch up on academics while addressing their emotional needs. Rural communities tend to have fewer after school options because many are...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/04/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 27, 2023

After-School Program Helping Kids ‘Kick’ Off Their Future, WKBN-TV (Ohio) The Concept Young Scholars Program at the Horizon Science Academy in Youngstown, Ohio, which helps students with homework and focuses on building confidence, advancing volunteerism, and overcoming academic...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/27/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 20, 2023

Boys & Girls Club Wausau Offering After School Programs to Prepare Students for Future, WSAW-TV (Wisconsin) Career exploration and workforce development is a major focus of the Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area’s afterschool program in Wisconsin. Students can apply and interview...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/20/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 13, 2023

Afterschool Program Helps Madison Students Breathe for Change, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin) At the Meadowood Neighborhood Center’s afterschool program in Madison, Wisconsin, students learn to reduce stress by controlling their breathing, practicing yoga, reading books to therapy...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/13/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 6, 2023

Skateboarding, Cooking, Ceramics: After School Programs at Monterey Trail Help Students Find Hobbies, CBS Sacramento (California) At the ASSETs (After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens) program at Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove, California, more than 200 teens access tutoring...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/06/23

Weekly Media Roundup: August 30, 2023

Oldest Home in Spartanburg Gets $200K for Transformation in an After-School Program, WSPA (South Carolina) Built in the late 1700s, the Seay House in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is undergoing a major renovation this fall and will reopen as the Brown Girls Read afterschool program early next...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/30/23

Weekly Media Roundup: August 16, 2023

4-H Can Help Find That Spark, Richmond Register (Kentucky) “In a world full of talents, interests and qualities, everyone has a unique inner fire that gives them joy, purpose, and direction. 4-H calls these ‘sparks,’ representing passion, energy and self-identity, not just...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/16/23