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Weekly Media Roundup: March 30, 2022

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Weekly Media Roundup: March 30, 2022

This Louisville Nonprofit Focuses on Emotional Growth, Mentorship for Local Youth, Spectrum News 1 (Kentucky)

At the Sowing Seeds with Faith afterschool program in Louisville, Kentucky, students are encouraged to express themselves through art, dance and music while forming strong relationships with their University of Louisville student mentors. “I want them to know they have many ways to express themselves in times of need, and times of excitement, and times of joy, and in times of hurt,” Founder Da’Marrion Fleming told Spectrum News 1. In addition to its afterschool program, Sowing Seeds with Faith also sponsors weekend events and summer camps.

At Acushnet Elementary School, Yoga Takes Youngsters Down a Notch, South Coast Today (Massachusetts)

After nearly 20 years without an afterschool program, Acushnet Elementary School in Acushnet, Massachusetts is providing an enriching afterschool program that includes yoga, science and gardening, thanks to financial support from the Elementary and Secondary School Early Relief Fund. Approximately half of the school’s students attend the popular afterschool program. “This has been teacher-led and our staff are strong advocates for promoting these activities as they know it's a great thing for kids,” Acushnet Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Paula Bailey told South Coast Today. “Teachers have been happy to have fun after school with a variety of students and showcase their skills that aren't necessarily showcased in everyday teaching. The climate has been amazing.”

Cool Schools: Program Allows Students of Color to Get a Jump Start in STEM Careers, 9 News (Colorado)

In the Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers and Scientists’ (CABPES) Junior Engineers, Tomorrow’s Scientists (J.E.T.S) afterschool program, minority students in fifth through 12th grade take part in hands-on lessons with professionals in civil engineering, robotics, aerospace engineering, architecture and more. The program aims to help students of color, who are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, explore and prepare for careers in STEM. “What better way to get these kids interested in STEM than bringing them into an after-school program like CABPES, so that they can work with and learn from professionals of color that look like them, that have gone through some of the same things they’ve gone through and live in the communities that they live in,” President and Executive Director Dewey Brigham Jr., Ph. D., told 9 News.

Whitehall YMCA Program for Middle School Students First of its Kind in Greater Columbus, The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)

At the start of each week, students in the Whitehall Community Park YMCA afterschool program take part in “Mindful Monday” activities, such as working in teams to give group presentations on a topic of their choosing. The program offers a wide variety of activities to help students discover their interests and develop leadership skills, including video production, guitar, robotics, and more. Families pay just $10 each semester thanks to funding from the city of Columbus. “The city funds it because it’s a really big priority for us,” Whitehall Parks and Recreation Department Director Shannon Sorrell told the Columbus Dispatch. “There was this recurring message from our community — that our kids needed something to do.”

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