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Weekly Media Roundup: March 23, 2022

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Weekly Media Roundup: March 23, 2022

From Painting to Soccer to 3-D Modeling, After-School Programs a 'Big Hit' with Students, Herald News (Massachusetts)

While some students at Westport, Massachusetts’ Start ‘Em Young afterschool program are busy playing soccer, volleyball, and running track, others are participating in theater, video game design classes, and time management programs. “Social emotional (learning) has been difficult for kids at the younger grades to take part in much other than regular school activities,” Mike Fernandes, a coordinator at Start ‘Em Young, told the Herald News. “The school community and the school spirit — it is such an integral part of kids’ success at school. A lot of memories are things that happen outside of the classroom.”  Thanks to additional funding through the Elementary and Secondary School Early Relief Fund, the afterschool program is able to offer students academic support as well as a wide variety of engaging activities for free during the afterschool hours.

Ignite Yoga, Schools Partner for Mindfulness, West Valley View (Arizona)

At the Spark Adventure After School Program in West Valley, Arizona, students of all ages are learning the techniques and appreciating the benefits of yoga. Program leaders report improvements in elementary through high school students’ grades and their ability to focus and deal with conflict. “Bringing the program to schools for free makes the benefits of yoga and mindfulness accessible to so many students who might otherwise do without,” Mandi Lutha, headmaster of the program, told West Valley View. “Providing this program after school gives students something positive to look forward to in this uncertain world that they are navigating. Yoga and mindfulness give them the tools to face challenges with positivity and resilience.”

Understaffing Leaves After-School Programs with Unmet Demand, The Associated Press

Across the country, many afterschool programs are struggling to hire enough to staff, forcing them to reduce enrollment. “We came into the pandemic with tremendous unmet demand for after-school and summer programs and of course, like almost every other challenge out there, the pandemic only made that challenge worse,” Afterschool Alliance Vice President Jen Rinehart told the Associated Press. “There’s no doubt really that these after-school programs — the lack of after-school programs at this stage — are limiting women in particular being able to reenter the workforce.” A survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance found that about 7 out of 10 programs have taken action to increase hiring and retain staff, including raising salaries and providing new benefits.

GCHS Students Take Hands-On Approach to STEM with the Teen Science Café, The Gadsden Times (Alabama)

The Gadsden City High School 21st Century Community Learning Centers program in Alabama was one of nine afterschool programs selected for the Teen Science Café Rural Fellowship Program this year. Through the program, local scientists, doctors, and other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals visit the high school to facilitate hands-on, interactive STEM activities. For example, Dr. William Haller, an orthopedist, recently visited the program to demonstrate three simulated surgical procedures. “We want to inspire youth to explore STEM careers and positively influence teens’ understanding of science issues in the news. We also want them to have the ability to use facts to support scientific points of view, and consider multiple sides of an issue before making a decision,” Administrative Assistant Janie Browning told the Gadsden Times.

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