Weekly Media Roundup: March 28, 2018

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Weekly Media Roundup: March 28, 2018

Immokalee Teens Earn Scholarship Money Through Mentor/Tutor Program (WJCT, Florida)

The nonprofit Guadalupe Center is working to break the cycle of poverty in the Immokalee farmworker community by offering scholarships to high school students who tutor local elementary schoolers. The teenagers earn $4,000 a year by participating in the afterschool program and build connections with youths in their communities. “I’ve been working with them for the past just over half a year and a lot of them have made breakthroughs in their math and reading skills,” participant Emily DeLeon told WJCT. “It’s always so gratifying for me to see how much they’ve progressed.” The teens are also paired with their own adult mentor to help them get through high school and look towards college and their futures. 

Hundreds of Kids Get Chance to Shine at National Dance Institute Year-End Event (Santa Fe New Mexican, New Mexico)

More than 600 hundred students put on dance performances for parents and community members at the National Dance Institute of New Mexico’s annual showcase last week. The Institute runs afterschool, in-school and summer programs that give dance lessons to youths in rural and urban areas, offering them a way to explore their creative side and adopt a healthy lifestyle. “We use dance and music as a means to an end, and the end is really that character building experience,” artistic director Liz Salganek told the Santa Fe New Mexican. “Building life skills that we think apply in the classroom, in future pursuits, whether it’s learning how to work hard when you decide to go to college or how to apply yourself when you are looking for a job.”

Program Teaches Kids About Gun Violence (Indianapolis Star, Indiana)

An Indianapolis initiative is working to educate youths about the realities of gun violence and how to keep themselves safe. Representatives from the Marion County prosecutor’s office and Eskenazi Health visit schools and afterschool programs to give presentations about the many consequences of guns. “We can’t hide our kids from the real world,” Eskenazi Health trauma surgeon Clark Simons told the Indianapolis Star. “The real world is scary. So the only thing we want them to do is think about themselves and hopefully when the crossroads comes between the right or wrong thing, they’ll make the right choice.”

Skills 2 Succeed Academy Aims to Help Teens Get Ready for Employment (Iowa City Gazette, Iowa)

Starting this week, a dozen Iowa City teenagers will learn to market themselves to future employers through a ten-week afterschool employment skills class. The Skills 2 Succeed Academy, run by Goodwill of the Heartland and the Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County, will help youths prepare for careers by teaching important skills and taking them on field trips to local businesses and universities. “We are not just helping kids seek jobs today,” Neighborhood Centers youth program director Anthony Branch told the Iowa City Gazette. “We are building dreams for tomorrow. We want kids to identify the skills they need to be employable now, while building a network of support for their future career goals.”

Led by youth, afterschool pulls out all the stops for Congress

April 18 and 19 marked the 17th annual Afterschool for All Challenge, when afterschool supporters from around the country join together to remind our nation’s leaders why afterschool programs are so critical for youth, families, and communities. In one day, we met face-to-face with...

BY: Ursula Helminski      04/20/18

Support our kids on Capitol Hill!

Today is the Afterschool for All Challenge! Right now, brave kids—including our inaugural class of Youth Afterschool Ambassadors—are on Capitol Hill with afterschool professionals, supporters, parents, and community members to tell Congress: Afterschool keeps kids safe, inspires them to...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      04/19/18

3 ways to advocate for afterschool

We’re just two days away from the Afterschool for All Challenge! Brave kids from across the nation, including our inaugural class of Youth Afterschool Ambassadors, are heading to D.C. to take the case for afterschool direct to their members of Congress. While they’re on Capitol Hill,...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      04/17/18

Advocacy for all: New tools and resources for afterschool supporters

Earlier this month more than 200 advocates traveled to Washington for our 16th annual Afterschool for All Challenge. Here at the Afterschool Alliance, the Challenge often feels like a culmination of the hard work we put in to create the tools and resources afterschool advocates need to make the...

BY: Leah Silverberg      06/26/17

Facts and figures from the 16th annual Afterschool for All Challenge

Thank you to the thousands of friends of afterschool for the hard work this week in Washington and nationwide to send a clear message Congress that afterschool works! More than 200 attendees were in Washington DC this week for the 16th annual Afterschool for All Challenge. Advocates...

BY: Erik Peterson      06/12/17

Memorable moments from the Afterschool for All Challenge

We’ve had a whirlwind two days in Washington, D.C., working with afterschool youth, parents, program providers, and concerned community members in anticipation of meetings with members of Congress. The Afterschool for All Challenge kicked off with a day of workshops and sessions, followed by...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      06/08/17

Congratulations to Columbus State Community College's ESL Afterschool Communities!

We are proud to announce that this year’s Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award winner is Columbus State Community College’s ESL Afterschool Communities (ESLAsC)! Thanks to the generous support of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Ohio program is the recipient of the...

BY: Nikki Yamashiro      06/07/17

Support our kids on Capitol Hill!

Today is the Afterschool for All Challenge! Right now, brave kids—including our inaugural class of Youth Afterschool Ambassadors—are on Capitol Hill with afterschool professionals, supporters, parents, and community members to tell Congress: Afterschool keeps kids safe, inspires them to...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      04/19/18

3 ways to advocate for afterschool

We’re just two days away from the Afterschool for All Challenge! Brave kids from across the nation, including our inaugural class of Youth Afterschool Ambassadors, are heading to D.C. to take the case for afterschool direct to their members of Congress. While they’re on Capitol Hill,...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      04/17/18

Advocacy for all: New tools and resources for afterschool supporters

Earlier this month more than 200 advocates traveled to Washington for our 16th annual Afterschool for All Challenge. Here at the Afterschool Alliance, the Challenge often feels like a culmination of the hard work we put in to create the tools and resources afterschool advocates need to make the...

BY: Leah Silverberg      06/26/17

Facts and figures from the 16th annual Afterschool for All Challenge

Thank you to the thousands of friends of afterschool for the hard work this week in Washington and nationwide to send a clear message Congress that afterschool works! More than 200 attendees were in Washington DC this week for the 16th annual Afterschool for All Challenge. Advocates...

BY: Erik Peterson      06/12/17

Memorable moments from the Afterschool for All Challenge

We’ve had a whirlwind two days in Washington, D.C., working with afterschool youth, parents, program providers, and concerned community members in anticipation of meetings with members of Congress. The Afterschool for All Challenge kicked off with a day of workshops and sessions, followed by...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      06/08/17

Led by youth, afterschool pulls out all the stops for Congress

April 18 and 19 marked the 17th annual Afterschool for All Challenge, when afterschool supporters from around the country join together to remind our nation’s leaders why afterschool programs are so critical for youth, families, and communities. In one day, we met face-to-face with...

BY: Ursula Helminski      04/20/18

Support our kids on Capitol Hill!

Today is the Afterschool for All Challenge! Right now, brave kids—including our inaugural class of Youth Afterschool Ambassadors—are on Capitol Hill with afterschool professionals, supporters, parents, and community members to tell Congress: Afterschool keeps kids safe, inspires them to...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      04/19/18

3 ways to advocate for afterschool

We’re just two days away from the Afterschool for All Challenge! Brave kids from across the nation, including our inaugural class of Youth Afterschool Ambassadors, are heading to D.C. to take the case for afterschool direct to their members of Congress. While they’re on Capitol Hill,...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      04/17/18

Advocacy for all: New tools and resources for afterschool supporters

Earlier this month more than 200 advocates traveled to Washington for our 16th annual Afterschool for All Challenge. Here at the Afterschool Alliance, the Challenge often feels like a culmination of the hard work we put in to create the tools and resources afterschool advocates need to make the...

BY: Leah Silverberg      06/26/17

Memorable moments from the Afterschool for All Challenge

We’ve had a whirlwind two days in Washington, D.C., working with afterschool youth, parents, program providers, and concerned community members in anticipation of meetings with members of Congress. The Afterschool for All Challenge kicked off with a day of workshops and sessions, followed by...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      06/08/17