Weekly Media Roundup: May 24, 2024


Weekly Media Roundup: May 24, 2024

Local After-School Center Working to Create a Cycle of Change Among in its Community, Fox 17 (Michigan)

At the New City Kids afterschool program in Grand Rapids, Michigan, high school students help plan the curriculum and lead activities for the younger students. “The work that we’re doing here is really empowering our teenagers and giving them the tools that they need to lead and succeed here in our community," New City Kids Executive Director Christy Knetsch told Fox 17. “The grownups aren’t in charge. The people who are in charge are the best assets our city has, which is our amazing teenagers.” In addition to valuable workforce and life skills, the program also provides college scholarships to its student teachers.

Ossining UFSD Unveils Free, Bilingual After-School Program, News 12 (New York)

After a successful launch of its bilingual afterschool program at Brookside Elementary School in Ossining, New York, the United Way of Westchester and Putnam plans to add an additional 200 spots to the program at Brookside and open another bilingual afterschool program in the Greenburgh School District next fall. The free afterschool program provides homework assistance, exercise and educational activities to low-income and immigrant students. “The curriculum in this program is going to help them close the learning gap for their children and because it's bilingual, it's setting them up for success in the future,” Tom Gabriel, the president of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam, told News 12. The program is funded through a $1.5 million federal grant.

Sarasota Summer Learning Programs Keep Students on Track, Observer (Florida)

Both the Summer Success Institute and the Sarasota County Schools’ Summer Learning Academies help combat summer learning loss in Sarasota, Florida with comprehensive, hands-on programming. The Summer Success Institute includes robotics, community service, music production, sewing, presentations from community partners including an aquarium and a beekeeper, and a weekly bounce house to keep kids active. “I don’t like the camp — I love the camp,” first grade student William Bousman told the Observer. The Summer Learning Academies offer career exploration in addition to academic support, including opportunities for students to explore what it’s like to be a veterinarian or a doctor.

More Than a Hangout: After School Program Fills a Niche for Middle Schoolers, The Mountaineer (North Carolina)

The afterschool program at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville, North Carolina partners with a wide variety of community organizations to offer enriching activities for students, including fly fishing with Haywood County Recreation and Parks, painting and sculpting with the Haywood County Arts Council and community cleanup projects with the Haywood Waterways Association. The church also recently partnered with HIGHTS to offer mental health and life skills programming. “We reformatted the program to broaden the definition of what a safe place is,” Director of Ministries Michael Blackburn told the Mountaineer. “It’s based on knowing kids are in need of more. There’s a mental health crisis, and Haywood County is not immune to that. We’ve seen the need for more positive interactions, more places to connect and for kids to feel part of something bigger than themselves.” About 150 middle schoolers attend.

Weekly Media Roundup: May 10, 2023

D.O.V.E.S Afterschool Program Builds Self-Esteem, Confidence in Local Elementary Students, WMDT (Maryland) At the D.O.V.E.S. (Daughters of Value, Excellence and Success) afterschool program in Salisbury, Maryland, young girls are empowered to be themselves and support one another and others in...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/10/23

Weekly Media Roundup: May 3, 2023

Rally at the Capitol for Funding Afterschool Programs, Fox 43 (Pennsylvania) Afterschool providers, parents and advocates gathered on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg today to urge the state legislature to pass House Bill 795, which would provide state funding for afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/03/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 26, 2023

Local After School Care Program Aims to Help Kids Regain Knowledge Lost Due to COVID, KFDA (Texas) At the Bear Paws afterschool program in Amarillo, Texas, middle school students are participating in engaging activities to tackle learning loss from the pandemic. “We’re trying to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/26/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 19, 2023

After-School Program and City Officials Celebrate Arbor Day, Cumberland Times-News (Maryland) In honor of Arbor Day, elementary school students from Allegany County Public Schools’ afterschool programs participated in a tree planting ceremony at Gene Mason Sports Complex in Cumberland,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/19/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 12, 2023

Schools Used ESSER Funds for After-School Programs. What Happens When the Money Runs Out? Education Week With the assistance of ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding, afterschool and summer programs throughout the country were able to expand and serve a greater number...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/12/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 5, 2023

After-School Programs Financed with Pandemic Funds Making a Difference in Chester County, Daily Local News (Pennsylvania) Funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is helping Mighty Writers and Coatesville Kids to College, two afterschool programs in Chester County, Pennsylvania, expand...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/05/23

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/29/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 22, 2023

Non-Profit Helps Lynn Students Prepare for Careers in Human Services, CBS Boston (Massachusetts) At the Pathways to Opportunities afterschool program at Lynn Classical High School in Massachusetts, high schoolers explore careers in human services with help from mentors from the Northeast Arc, a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/22/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 15, 2023

Youth Invited to Reimagine Sioux Falls with City Build 2040 Event, Dakota News Now (South Dakota) Elementary schoolers attending the South Dakota Afterschool Network’s two-day City Build 2040 event in Sioux Falls will work with local experts to create models that showcase their vision for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/15/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 8, 2023

STUDENT VOICES: We Need More Women in STEM Fields, and We Have Ideas for Making that Happen, The Hechinger Report In a guest column for the Hechinger Report, high schoolers Henrietta Rasmusson and Emerald Yankey list three priorities for increasing women’s participation in science,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/08/23