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Weekly Media Roundup: May 6, 2020

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 6, 2020

Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Program Makes House Calls, Augusta Free Press (Virginia)

On Monday, the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Adventure Club in Augusta County, Virginia delivered care packages to students. They included handwritten notes, sidewalk chalk, and materials for three science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects that staff will lead virtually this week. “The purpose is to connect to our afterschool kids,” Youth and Family Director Ashley Cole told the Augusta Free Press. “We haven’t seen them in several weeks. Hopefully, this will give parents a break, and we can lead projects with the kids virtually.”

Look For the Helpers: The Opportunity Project Assists Families During COVID-19 Pandemic, Tulsa World (Oklahoma)

The Opportunity Project is a nonprofit in Tulsa, Oklahoma that supports more than 80 programs providing out-of-school enrichment to students. During the pandemic, the organization has helped its partners set up phone banks to reach out to families in order to assess their needs, pivot to virtual programming, maintain grant funding, provide professional development to staff and more. “[We’re] really thinking about how [do] we support both young people and the organizations that we know are serving them. [Those organizations] are having that critical link, that relationship link, that we know [is] going to be so important during this pandemic,” Executive Director Caroline Shaw told the Tulsa World.

After-School Programs Help NYC Kids ‘Rock Out’ Across the Boroughs, Fox 5 (New York)

While in-person programming is suspended due to coronavirus, New York Edge, the largest afterschool provider in New York City, is helping students stay connected and express themselves through online arts education. For example, thanks to a partnership with E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt’s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, thousands of students are learning the basics of rock and roll online. “We’re kind of sneaking education into fun art and learning stuff for the kids to do. And I'm also teaching them things they can do when they're not sitting with me in front of a screen, in their own time, so they can be creative," Vincent Spencer, comic book storytelling specialist, told Fox 5.

DC Poet-Athletes Prepare to Unleash Creativity in Virtual Poetry Showcase, Despite Coronavirus Crisis, WTOP News (District of Columbia)

DC SCORES, an afterschool program in Washington, D.C., combines soccer, service learning and poetry to support students’ physical fitness, creative expression and character development. The program has continued this mission online during the pandemic via soccer skills videos from U.S. men’s national team player Tyler Boyd, an “At Home Poetry Challenge” from Washington Spirit player Joanna Lohman and more. Last Thursday, students showcased their original poetry in an online performance titled “Our Words Our City.” “When the kids are writing, they are writing about their truths, the things that they see, the things that they feel,” Charity Blackwell, director of creative arts and education, told WTOP News. “It’s a very powerful and vulnerable experience for them.”

Weekly Media Roundup: February 24, 2021

Community Stepped Up When the Going Got Tough, Sandusky Register (Ohio) When the pandemic hit, the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio immediately got to work to ensure students’ academic, physical and emotional needs were met. The Club partnered with Sandusky City Schools to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/24/21

Weekly Media Roundup: February 17, 2021

Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Unified School District Present Encore of BRAVO! Program, Noozhawk (California) Through an ongoing collaboration with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) has continued to provide a free afterschool program to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/17/21

Weekly Media Roundup: February 10, 2021

A New Mural Was Created By Children And Artist At Reddick Elementary School In Wimauma, Osprey Observer (Florida) Students from migrant families in the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida spent four weeks creating a mural promoting kindness at a nearby...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/10/21

Weekly Media Roundup: February 3, 2021

Thousands of Dallas Children Are in Need of After-School Care, Survey Finds, The Dallas Morning News (Texas) The America After 3PM survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance found that more than 101,000 children in Dallas, Texas aren’t in afterschool programs, but would be if a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/03/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 27, 2021

MSCR Cares Program at Henderson Elementary Supports Students Indoors and Out, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin) At Madison School and Community Recreation Cares sites in Madison, Wisconsin, about 650 elementary students spend their mornings doing remote learning with the support of trained...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/27/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 19, 2021

More Than Just an Afterschool Program: Española Nonprofit Plans for Expansion, KRQE (New Mexico) Thanks to a $100,000 matching grant from the Thoma Art Foundation, Moving Arts Española   will soon open a teen center where middle and high school students can access career...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/19/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 13, 2020

YMCA gives kids ‘a dose of normal,’ Martha’s Vineyard Times (Massachusetts) To help students overcome isolation and disconnection, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is providing in-person programming for students each afternoon. The program provides enrichment activities and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/13/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 6, 2020

Girls Inc. Takes Creative Approach to Programming During COVID-19, The Daily Times (Tennessee) At the in-person and virtual afterschool programs run by Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, about 200 girls explore engineering, science, and agriculture, reflect on song lyrics, journal, learn about...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/06/21

Weekly Media Roundup: December 23, 2020

Lack Of Afterschool Program Access In Indiana Could Impact Education, Economic Recovery, WBAA (Georgia) A recent household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance, America After 3PM, found that more than 400,000 children in Indiana cannot access the afterschool programs they need....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/23/20

Weekly Media Roundup: December 16, 2020

Column: Hawaii Behind on Afterschool Programs, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Hawaii) Although data from the household survey America After 3 PM showed Hawaii was a national leader in afterschool participation in 2009, the 2020 America After 3 PM report shows unmet demand for afterschool has...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/16/20