LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Pacific Building Group Tops Out New Access Youth Academy Building, Times of San Diego (California)
Next year, more than 1,300 students will be able to access comprehensive afterschool programming at a brand-new facility for Access Youth Academy in San Diego. It includes eight squash courts, a computer lab, a college prep room and more. At Access Youth Academy, seventh through 12th grade students play squash, get academic support, connect with mentors, and explore college and careers. Students continue to receive support from the program throughout college and for two years after they graduate. “Access Youth Academy is very excited about this new academic and athletic facility,” Executive Director Renato Paiva told the Times of San Diego. “It will serve as a resource for the entire Southeastern San Diego community.”
Afterschool Program Encourages Young Remote Learners to Unplug, KYW Newsradio (Pennsylvania)
Each Monday through Friday, 49 Parks and Recreation centers throughout Philadelphia are offering free or low-cost afterschool programs where students can go outside and be physically active. “Afterschool Unplugged” activities include sports drills, arts and crafts, and more. The program is designed to help students stay mentally and physically healthy during the pandemic. “This pandemic has meant more screen time than ever, and it’s just really important to get families accessible and affordable physical recreation activities and socialization opportunities for their children,” Parks and Rec Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell told KYW Newsradio.
Finding ‘Hope’ for Kids During the COVID-19 Pandemic, LA Downtown News (California)
While Los Angeles schools are operating remotely during the pandemic, the Hope Street Margolis Family Center afterschool program has expanded to provide a supportive environment for students to learn remotely during the day. A community benefit program of Dignity Health’s California Hospital Medical Center, the Hope Street Margolis Family Center offers academic support in a socially distanced environment, breakfast and lunch, and access to computers and Wi-Fi, which many students do not have at home. “As a resource center, as a community center, it was kind of our responsibility to do that and make sure that our students succeeded this year and kind of take a load off of our hard-working parents,” Education Services Coordinator Gina Avila told LA Downtown News.
Afterschool Program Used to Encourage Positive Coping Methods, The Sheridan Press (Wyoming)
This year in the afterschool program at Highland Park Elementary school in Sheridan, Wyoming, students have decorated cards for essential workers, participated in discussions about identifying complex emotions, written and illustrated original books, designed cars out of school supplies, and more. The program is facilitated by two student teachers who are using hands-on activities to teach students positive ways to deal with stress. “When we see children that are in need…we’re all going to come at it and see what we can do to help raise this child in whatever way they need,” Literacy Specialist Molly Swan told the Sheridan Press.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Survey: Afterschool Participation Drops to Lowest Rate Since 2009, As Providers Seek Funding for Students During Pandemic, The 74 Million
Data from America After 3PM, a household survey...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/15/20
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...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/08/20
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....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/01/20
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...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 06/24/20
L.A. School District Plans Star-Studded Summer Learning for Students — with James Cameron Teaching ‘Titanic’ and a Book Group with Alicia Keys and Others, The Washington Post
This summer, students in Los Angeles will learn to draw and animate from the studio behind...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/27/20
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...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/06/20
Afterschool Girls + STEAM Program Launches, Fosters (Delaware)
In Delaware, girls in the Seymour Osman Community Center afterschool program learn engineering concepts by working with UV reactive beads, building sun-resistant shelters, and more. The new “Girls + STEAM” (science,...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 11/21/18
Ten Significant Accomplishments of the African Community Learning Program in 2018, The Philadelphia Sunday Sun (Pennsylvania)
University of Pennsylvania senior Aminata Sy founded the African Community Learning Program in October 2017 to inspire academic achievement among 1st to 8th grade...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/09/19