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Weekly Media Roundup: May 23, 2018

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 23, 2018

Express Yourself Milwaukee 'Moves It!' and Makes Magic (WUWM, Wisconsin)

During the afterschool program Express Yourself Milwaukee, artist and coordinator Holly Haebig teaches students how to perform, dance and express themselves. Students in the program are currently preparing for their end-of-year performance “Move It!” at the Miller High Life Theater, which aims to encourage people in the community with ideas to embrace them and improve the world around them. “When you hold these high standards up to children, they always will rise to the occasion if you stick with them. And that is so powerful to me,” Haebig explained to WUWM.

These Middle-Schoolers Explore the World on A Plate (Washington Post, District of Columbia)

In a small cafeteria at the Washington School for Girls, students have spent the past year learning how to prepare foods from around the world through the afterschool program Cooking Skills and World Cuisine. During the yearlong afterschool class, under the direction of chef instructor Patrick McDermott, these young chefs sliced, diced, sautéed and tasted a different culture’s food each class, gaining their own culinary skills along the way. For students like 12-year-old Za’Niyah Martin, it’s a social experience as well. As she told Washington Post, “I love making food with my hands and then sharing it with my friends.”

Chicago Youth ‘Empower’ Their Voices in Original Opera at The Lyric (Chicago Sun-Times, Illinois)

The EmpowerYouth! afterschool program is introducing youths in the south side of Chicago to the unfamiliar world of opera. Youths in the program have helped to compose their own opera (named “Empower!”), found their places (whether on or backstage) and worked to bring the energy and culture of opera to their community. “I think for a lot of these young people it’s not the fact that they’re not interested [in opera], it’s the fact that they don’t have access [to it]. They don’t have the opportunity,” Kendrick Armstrong, conductor and music director of the afterschool program, told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Apple Coding to Be Taught at Birmingham Summer Camps (AL.com, Alabama)

After school lets out this summer, Birmingham City Schools students will keep learning valuable STEM skills through Apple’s “Everyone Can Code” curriculum. The city is planning to host several free, weeklong sessions for middle- and high-school students to learn the basics of coding and build towards making apps of their own. Birmingham mayor Randall Woodfin explained to AL.com, “We're committed to training the next generation of businessmen and businesswomen to be competitive and digitally savvy so that they can push our city to the next level.”

Weekly Media Roundup: August 26, 2020

Where Atlanta Parents Turn When Children Can’t Do Online School at Home, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia) Afterschool providers throughout Atlanta, Georgia are stepping up to provide safe, supportive environments for students to do distance learning while their parents are...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/26/20

Weekly Media Roundup: August 19, 2020

After-School Programs Adjusting to COVID-19 Challenges, Live 5 News (South Carolina) Several organizations in Charleston, South Carolina are finding creative ways to support students as the start of a new school year approaches. For example, the Metanoia Youth Leadership Academy will offer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/19/20

Weekly Media Roundup: August 12, 2020

Safe Spaces: Back-To-School Options For Cleveland's Working Parents, Idea Stream (Ohio) This fall, when Cleveland schools open remotely, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio is planning to serve more than 500 students with enriching all-day, in-person programming. To do so, the Club...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/12/20

Weekly Media Roundup, August 5, 2020

The After School All Stars Program Provides Support for Both Students and Parents, WSFL-TV (Florida) When schools closed due the pandemic, After School All Stars (ASAS) quickly found ways to support students and families remotely, first with a virtual afterschool program and then with a virtual...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/05/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 29, 2020

Prime Time Palm Beach Continues Programs, Lake Okeechobee News (Florida) When schools closed due to the pandemic, Prime Time Palm Beach County quickly created an online library where families could choose from more than 2,000 learning activities designed to help students discover new interests...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/29/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 22, 2020

ACPS’s Summer Learning Classes Aid Coronavirus Learning Slump, Local DVM (Virginia) This summer, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) in Virginia are offering free virtual summer learning classes to all students to keep them engaged, academically enriched, and connected to one another....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/22/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 15, 2020

Hoops and Homework Centers in Framingham Reopen with ‘Super Duper Excited’ Students, Metrowest Daily News (Massachusetts) When schools and programs closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hoops and Homework afterschool program quickly pivoted to supporting students through...

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Weekly Media Roundup: July 8, 2020

Boys & Girls Club Delivers Camp For Kids, New Haven Independent (Connecticut) This week, about 60 students ages five to 14 started a six-week summer learning camp at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven in Connecticut. Students are divided into small pods, wearing masks and practicing...

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Weekly Media Roundup: July 1, 2020

Learning Center to Have At-Home Learning Sessions, Meadeville Tribune (Pennsylvania) Each Monday through Thursday in July, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mentoring Program in Meadeville, Pennsylvania will hold interactive, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lessons online....

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Weekly Media Roundup: June 24, 2020

JCPS' New Summer School Program Offers Virtual Adventures, Big-Ticket Prizes, Courier Journal (Kentucky) Through the Jefferson County Public Schools’ online “Summer League” program, students in Louisville, Kentucky can explore new interests and keep their academic skills...

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