Weekly Media Roundup: March 9, 2022


Weekly Media Roundup: March 9, 2022

Afterschool Programs in N.Y. Need Sustainable Funding, Times Union (New York)

New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s proposal to match $100 million in stimulus spending on out-of-school time programming is a short-term solution that does not adequately meet the needs of afterschool programs or the families who rely on them, Police Athletic League Director of Community Engagement and Afterschool Ambassador Marcel Braithwaite wrote in a recent column for the Times Union. For every child in an afterschool program in New York, four more are waiting for a spot, and long-term funding for afterschool is needed so all students can access high-quality programs. “Throughout the pandemic, afterschool programs have been critical partners for schools and parents, quick to adapt and maintain meaningful connections for youth and their families. This budget fails to acknowledge that afterschool is a key partner in building a stronger, inclusive support system that kids and families need to thrive,” Braithwaite wrote.

Woman Expands After-School Program to Help Needs of Columbus Students, Spectrum News 1 (Ohio)

DeAndra Harrison founded the Actions That Matter 4 Youth afterschool program to help students at Woodward Park Middle School in Columbus, Ohio stay engaged, explore their interests and succeed in their classes. When she realized more students needed help than she was able to serve after school, she created the Saturdays with the Community program to offer free tutoring each Saturday morning in March. “All [students] really need is for someone to say, ‘I believe in you, I believe you can get this work done. Here, sit next to me let’s get it done,’” Harrison told Spectrum News 1.

Addison Youth Center Receives a Grant to Launch STEM Program with The Science and Discovery Center, WETM (New York)

Thanks to a Terra Science and Education grant, the Addison Youth Center in Addison, New York is expanding its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming to include twice-weekly visits from staff from the Discovery and Science Center. “We’re taking from what they’re learning in school and doing more hands-on [activities] in our afterschool drop-in center,” Charlette Smith, a grant writer with Addison Youth Center, told WETM.

Jackson School Staff, Community Craft After-School Programs, Pinedale Roundup (Wyoming)

At the new Recreation, Academics and Dinner (RAD) afterschool program in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, students are planting flower beds, receiving homework help and enjoying family-style dinners after school. “We’re really trying to find that balance of providing structure and providing that place to... expand friendships and meet new people,” Ben Brettell, co-creator of RAD, told the Pinedale Roundup. “We’re providing social interactions that a lot of us were missing.” The free afterschool program receives federal funding through the American Rescue Plan.

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