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: May 15, 2024

This Affordable Housing Project Wasn’t Going to Happen – And Then an Unlikely Partnership Formed, Fast Company By teaming up with a new affordable housing development, the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle in New York doubled the size of its facility to 22,000 feet. The new...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/15/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 8, 2024

After-School Programs Expect to Scale Down with Pandemic Aid Ending, K-12 Dive In a new Afterschool Alliance survey of more than 8,800 afterschool programs, about 4 out of 5 providers said they were concerned about children in their communities who need afterschool not having it, and the vast...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/08/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 1, 2024

A Clovis Mother Identifies a Critical Need: More After-School Child Care, The Fresno Bee (California) In a recent guest column for the Fresno Bee, Noha Elbaz shared how post-pandemic staffing shortages at afterschool programs have impacted her family. Before COVID, her family benefited from...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/01/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 24, 2024

Nonprofit Gives Penn Hills Kids a Safe Place to Gather After School, KDKA News (Pennsylvania) At the Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens afterschool program in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, students conduct science experiments, play indoor and outdoor sports, and are paired with adult mentors who...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/24/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 17, 2024

The CARE Center Collecting Snacks, Books for Upcoming Summer Learning Program, WHNT (Alabama) In preparation for its summer learning program, the CARE Center in Huntsville, Alabama is hosting a food and book drive so each of the 300 students participating in its summer program will receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/17/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 10, 2024

Detroit Kids Dance Through School Work at After-School Program, CBS News Detroit (Michigan) At the Let’s Dance afterschool program at Detroit’s Dufree Innovation Society, students work with teaching artists on dance routines with academic concepts built in. Afterward, the same...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/11/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 3, 2024

At IPS School 43, Teaching Kids to Read is a Community Effort, WISH-TV (Indiana) At the Martin Luther King Community Center’s afterschool program in Indianapolis, Indiana, elementary school students are paired with mentors who encourage them to read through a variety of engaging...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/03/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 27, 2024

The Opp Helps Mr. Calloway’s Students Thrive, Tulsa Kids (Oklahoma) Thanks to support from The Opportunity Project, students at the Culinary Arts afterschool program at East Central Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma are practicing cooking techniques while also learning about budgeting and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/27/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 20, 2024

Matthew McConaughey and ASU Are Helping an Arizona School District. Here's How, Arizona Republic (Arizona) Matthew McConaughey and Arizona State University (ASU) have teamed up to help a Phoenix-area school district apply for federal afterschool funding included in the Bipartisan Safer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/20/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 13, 2024

English Learners Stopped Coming to Class During the Pandemic. One Group is Tackling the Problem By Helping Their Parents, Hechinger Report In North Carolina, nearly one third of English language learning students were chronically absent last year, a rate significantly higher than the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/13/24