Weekly Media Roundup: March 29, 2023


Weekly Media Roundup: March 29, 2023

Commentary: SC Afterschool Programs Can Help Close Gender Gap in STEM Industries, The Post and Courier (South Carolina)

In a recent guest column for the Post and Courier, South Carolina Afterschool Alliance President and CEO Zelda Waymer notes the overlap between Women’s History Month and South Carolina’s STEM (science, technology, education and math) Education Month, and highlights the role afterschool programs play in sparking girls’ interest in STEM. She describes the innovative ways afterschool programs engage students in hands-on activities in robotics, coding and engineering, including through the SC Afterschool Alliance’s STEAMIFY engineering and arts competition. “South Carolina can’t afford to leave women out of the STEM equation. We are needed in STEM careers in South Carolina, and afterschool programming is where we can start to build bridges and close the persistent gender gap,” Waymer writes.

Zaniac’s Afterschool ‘Chess Club’ Teaches Kids Moves of the Game, Gets Them Off Screens, ABC 13 News (North Carolina)

At the Zaniac afterschool program in Asheville, North Carolina, students not only learn computer coding but also how to play traditional board games such as chess. “It’s good for the kids to get off of the computers for a while and engage and use their brains for puzzles or chess,” Oliver Porter, an instructor at Zaniac, told ABC 13 News. “You have to make decisions under pressure; you have to make sure you make the right move.” Students also receive homework assistance and participate in other hands-on STEM activities.

"#LikeAGirl" Program Encourages Athletics and Empowerment for Tomorrows Sportswomen, (Florida)

Thanks to a partnership between Hillsborough County and the University of South Florida, the Westchase Recreation Center’s afterschool program in Tampa, Florida, provides a unique opportunity for young girls to build their self-esteem and foster a love of sports. Each week, the “#LikeAGirl” program invites female collegiate athletes to come to the program for a meet and greet and sports demonstration. During a recent visit, Ragan Kinard, a member of the University of South Florida’s women’s volleyball team, spoke to the girls about the challenges of being an athlete: “Do not give up. Your mind will tell you it’s hard, but do not give up. There’s only wins and lessons. There are no losses.”

Demand For After-School Programs High, Survey Says, Tribune-Star (Indiana)

Leaders from the Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN) visited Terre Haute in March to meet with afterschool providers, youth leaders, elected officials and school administrators about the state of afterschool in Indiana, and how the IAN can support out-of-school time providers and their communities. “We’re working to increase access to all kinds of programs for every kid in Indiana. Our vision is that every child has access to a program if they want one,” Derrick Carnes, director of communications for the IAN, told the Tribune-Star. The gathering and was organized by Eleanor Ramseier, Executive Director of Camp Navigate and an Afterschool Alliance Afterschool Ambassador. Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett also spoke at the event about the importance of afterschool.

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'Articulate Their Pain': Preventing Teen Suicide Through the Power of Music, Spectrum News 1 (North Carolina) DDAAT-App, a mental health nonprofit with an afterschool program in Charlotte, North Carolina, is partnering with The Bridge, a music studio, to give students access to recording...

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Weekly Media Roundup: January 10, 2024

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Weekly Media Roundup: December 20, 2023

Numerous Metro Detroit Before- and After-School Programs to Receive Portion of $50M MiLEAP Grant, WXYZ (Michigan) Thanks to $50 million in grants from the Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP), 67,000 Michigan students will be able to attend...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/20/23

Weekly Media Roundup: December 13, 2023

Federal Grant Helps Restart University of Tulsa Partnership With Kendall-Whittier Elementary, Tulsa World (Oklahoma) Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, college students from the University of Tulsa will once again help lead the Youth Scholars afterschool program at...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/13/23

Weekly Media Roundup: December 6, 2023

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BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/06/23

Weekly Media Roundup: November 29, 2023

Tackling Absenteeism: Kalamazoo Schools and Community Programs Unite to Keep Students Engaged, WWMT (Michigan) With absenteeism at a historic high of 27 percent in 2022, Kalamazoo Public Schools in Michigan are working with local afterschool programs to develop relationships, improve attendance,...

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Weekly Media Roundup: November 22, 2023

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