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Weekly Media Roundup: November 1, 2023

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Weekly Media Roundup: November 1, 2023

Battle Creek Students Display Importance of Afterschool Programs with 'Lights On' March, Battle Creek Enquirer (Michigan)

For Lights On Afterschool, students of all ages marched through Battle Creek, Michigan with hand-drawn signs calling for “afterschool for all.” Michigan State Representative Jim Haadsma joined the rally and celebration, which was organized by Battle Creek Public Schools’ 21st Century Community Learning Centers afterschool program. More than 300 students participate in the program, which offers mentors, robotics, homework help, chess, nutrition classes and more. “(21st Century) gives students a voice,” Freddie McGee, director of extended learning programs for Battle Creek Public Schools, told the Battle Creek Enquirer. “It gives them a chance to be with other students, with other adults, getting academics and getting enrichment and most importantly, building lifelong relationships. That is what it's all about.”

'Lights On Afterschool' Celebrates After School Programming Across the Bay Area, KTVU (California)

At Bay Area Community Resources (BACR)’s Lights On Afterschool celebrations last week, middle schoolers competed against their teachers in volleyball and elementary schoolers held a fashion show. BACR’s free afterschool programs provide art, sports, dance and more. California lawmakers recently invested $4 billion in afterschool programs, and California State Assembly member Mia Bonta attended the volleyball match to highlight the importance of afterschool. Eighth grader Allyson Del Rio Vega told KTVU that in the afterschool program, “I can try something new that I've never tried before, and I can make more new friends.”

Inflation, Staff Shortages Mean Fewer Kids Are Participating in After-School Meal Programs, Marketplace

For some students, the meals served at afterschool programs are essential. However, fewer students are being served dinner after school, according to a recent report from the Food Research & Action Center. Between 2021 and 2022, afterschool meals fell by nearly one-fourth, the largest decline since the meal program’s creation over a decade ago. The decline is attributed to both staffing shortages and inflation. “I think having a meal after school before they have their homework, and having the time to eat that meal, impacts their mood,” Walter Campbell, Charleston County School District’s Executive Director of Nutrition Services told Marketplace. The requirement that 50 percent of a school’s students need to qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch adds an additional barrier for schools to participate in the afterschool meals program.

Jennings Recreation Center Reopens After Months of Staffing Shortages, Fox 55 (Indiana)

After being closed for two months due to staffing shortages, the Jennings Recreation Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana has reopened its afterschool program. The center relied on college students to staff its summer program but had difficulty finding replacements once the students returned to school. Staff members from other departments stepped in to help reopen the afterschool program after community members voiced their support and reliance on the program to Parks and Recreation Director Steve McDaniel. “We all agreed that it’s best for the kids, it’s best for the community, and we’re able to do it,” McDaniel told Fox 55, “...I keep pushing for [more] staff.”

Weekly Media Roundup: May 15, 2024

This Affordable Housing Project Wasn’t Going to Happen – And Then an Unlikely Partnership Formed, Fast Company By teaming up with a new affordable housing development, the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle in New York doubled the size of its facility to 22,000 feet. The new...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/15/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 8, 2024

After-School Programs Expect to Scale Down with Pandemic Aid Ending, K-12 Dive In a new Afterschool Alliance survey of more than 8,800 afterschool programs, about 4 out of 5 providers said they were concerned about children in their communities who need afterschool not having it, and the vast...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/08/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 1, 2024

A Clovis Mother Identifies a Critical Need: More After-School Child Care, The Fresno Bee (California) In a recent guest column for the Fresno Bee, Noha Elbaz shared how post-pandemic staffing shortages at afterschool programs have impacted her family. Before COVID, her family benefited from...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/01/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 24, 2024

Nonprofit Gives Penn Hills Kids a Safe Place to Gather After School, KDKA News (Pennsylvania) At the Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens afterschool program in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, students conduct science experiments, play indoor and outdoor sports, and are paired with adult mentors who...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/24/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 17, 2024

The CARE Center Collecting Snacks, Books for Upcoming Summer Learning Program, WHNT (Alabama) In preparation for its summer learning program, the CARE Center in Huntsville, Alabama is hosting a food and book drive so each of the 300 students participating in its summer program will receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/17/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 10, 2024

Detroit Kids Dance Through School Work at After-School Program, CBS News Detroit (Michigan) At the Let’s Dance afterschool program at Detroit’s Dufree Innovation Society, students work with teaching artists on dance routines with academic concepts built in. Afterward, the same...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/11/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 3, 2024

At IPS School 43, Teaching Kids to Read is a Community Effort, WISH-TV (Indiana) At the Martin Luther King Community Center’s afterschool program in Indianapolis, Indiana, elementary school students are paired with mentors who encourage them to read through a variety of engaging...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/03/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 27, 2024

The Opp Helps Mr. Calloway’s Students Thrive, Tulsa Kids (Oklahoma) Thanks to support from The Opportunity Project, students at the Culinary Arts afterschool program at East Central Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma are practicing cooking techniques while also learning about budgeting and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/27/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 20, 2024

Matthew McConaughey and ASU Are Helping an Arizona School District. Here's How, Arizona Republic (Arizona) Matthew McConaughey and Arizona State University (ASU) have teamed up to help a Phoenix-area school district apply for federal afterschool funding included in the Bipartisan Safer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/20/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 13, 2024

English Learners Stopped Coming to Class During the Pandemic. One Group is Tackling the Problem By Helping Their Parents, Hechinger Report In North Carolina, nearly one third of English language learning students were chronically absent last year, a rate significantly higher than the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/13/24