Weekly Media Roundup: November 16, 2022


Weekly Media Roundup: November 16, 2022

Gulf Shores 'Beyond the Bell' Program Offers Afterschool Programs, Orange Beach News (Alabama)

At the Beyond the Bell afterschool program in Gulf Shores, Alabama, students participate in a variety of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities, including building electric race cars for competitions against other schools, studying environmental science with local experts, and monitoring and managing the Gulf Shores Elementary and Middle Schools’ recycling program. “One of our big programs that is definitely a big hit with the students is called Jedi Academy,” Gulf Shores Middle School Assistant Principal Brittney Reeves told Orange Beach News. “It is learning to fence in full pads using light sabers. Then they take those skills using light sabers when they create a movie. They’ll make a short film, they write it, direct it.” The free afterschool program receives funding through a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant.

Hawai’i Medical Service Association Invests $25,000 for Hale ‘?pio Kaua‘i Youth Program, Kaua’i Now (Hawai‘i)

Recognizing the emotional toll the pandemic has had on youth, especially those in underserved communities, Hawai‘i Medical Service Association is donating $25,000 to Hale ‘?pio Kaua‘i’s Ke Kahua O Ka Malamalama, an afterschool program providing youth-driven activities focused on Hawaiian culture and values. According to recent findings from the 2022 KIDS COUNT Data Book, nearly a quarter (23%) more youth in Hawai‘i struggled with anxiety and depression in 2020 than in 2016. Hawai‘i Medical Service Association is providing $25,000 donations to four additional mental health resource organizations – the Boys & Girls Club of Maui, Big Island Substance Abuse Council, Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children, and Mental Health America of Hawaii. “Our teenage population is struggling due to limited access to mental health resources, and we need to work together to support overall health conditions,” Hawai?i Medical Service Association President and CEO Mark M. Mugiishi, M.D., F.A.C.S. told Kaua’i Now.

Gastonia Women Launch Tutoring Program for Children, Gaston Gazette (North Carolina)

When Dina Thompson, a mental health professional in Gaston, North Carolina, realized that there weren’t sufficient afterschool programs available in her community, she and her wife Bralicia decided to create their own to help fill the gap. Today, the Distinguished Youth Enrichment Program provides meals, one-on-one tutoring, mentorship and life skills education to students of all ages. Thompson hopes to expand the program and eventually open an all-day youth center. “It's nice. It helps you believe in yourself,” Isaiah, a ninth grader in the program, told the Gaston Gazette. “They're really helpful, respectful, and they help us a lot.”

More Students Should Have an Opportunity to Attend After-School Programs, (New Jersey)

In a recent guest column for, Ebony D. Grace, CEO of NJSACC: The Statewide Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities writes that afterschool programs such as the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program in Roselle are essential to the success and wellbeing of students and their communities. By keeping students safe, supporting their learning, helping working parents, and exposing students to new interests and experiences – such as a field trip to a Broadway show– afterschool programs help students pursue their dreams and provide a substantial return on investment. “Every child deserves a program and experience like those at Roselle Public Schools. Unfortunately, too many families are unable to take advantage of the benefits after-school provide[s]. We’re leaving those students behind,” Grace writes.

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Iberville Coalition Launches Baton Rouge Youth Coalition Satellite Campus, Plaquemine Post South (Louisiana) In September, the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC) partnered with Dow Louisiana, the Iberville Parish School Board (IPSB), and the YMCA to open its first satellite campus at the Dow...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/25/23

Weekly Media Roundup: October 18, 2023

Participation in Boston Summer Learning Programs Reached All-Time High This Year, WBUR (Massachusetts) This past summer, nearly one in four Boston youths between the ages of five and 14 participated in the city’s educational summer programs and many of the programs were provided at no...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/18/23

Weekly Media Roundup: October 11, 2023

Monte Vista Gets AT&T Support for After-School Learning Lab, Alamosa Citizen (Colorado) Thanks to a $35,000 AT&T Foundation grant, the Monte Vista Kids Connection afterschool program in San Luis Valley, Colorado is purchasing much needed laptops and software for students attending the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/11/23

Weekly Media Roundup: October 4, 2023

N.Y. Afterschool Programs Work to Support Academic, Emotional Needs, Spectrum News 1 (New York) Afterschool programs across New York State are helping students catch up on academics while addressing their emotional needs. Rural communities tend to have fewer after school options because many are...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/04/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 27, 2023

After-School Program Helping Kids ‘Kick’ Off Their Future, WKBN-TV (Ohio) The Concept Young Scholars Program at the Horizon Science Academy in Youngstown, Ohio, which helps students with homework and focuses on building confidence, advancing volunteerism, and overcoming academic...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/27/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 20, 2023

Boys & Girls Club Wausau Offering After School Programs to Prepare Students for Future, WSAW-TV (Wisconsin) Career exploration and workforce development is a major focus of the Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area’s afterschool program in Wisconsin. Students can apply and interview...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/20/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 13, 2023

Afterschool Program Helps Madison Students Breathe for Change, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin) At the Meadowood Neighborhood Center’s afterschool program in Madison, Wisconsin, students learn to reduce stress by controlling their breathing, practicing yoga, reading books to therapy...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/13/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 6, 2023

Skateboarding, Cooking, Ceramics: After School Programs at Monterey Trail Help Students Find Hobbies, CBS Sacramento (California) At the ASSETs (After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens) program at Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove, California, more than 200 teens access tutoring...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/06/23

Weekly Media Roundup: August 30, 2023

Oldest Home in Spartanburg Gets $200K for Transformation in an After-School Program, WSPA (South Carolina) Built in the late 1700s, the Seay House in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is undergoing a major renovation this fall and will reopen as the Brown Girls Read afterschool program early next...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/30/23

Weekly Media Roundup: August 16, 2023

4-H Can Help Find That Spark, Richmond Register (Kentucky) “In a world full of talents, interests and qualities, everyone has a unique inner fire that gives them joy, purpose, and direction. 4-H calls these ‘sparks,’ representing passion, energy and self-identity, not just...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/16/23