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.

Weekly Media Roundup: October 19, 2022

Boston's Investment in Summer Learning Converts into High Participation this Year, WBUR (Massachusetts) A new report from Boston After School and Beyond shows nearly 16,000 students in the Boston area attended summer learning programs at schools and community organizations this summer, with...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/19/22

Weekly Media Roundup: October 12, 2022

An After-School Program that Enriches Learning Academically, Socially and Emotionally: Cleveland’s Promise, (Ohio) At Almira Elementary School’s afterschool program in Cleveland, Ohio, students are now taking boxing lessons in addition to drawing, digital animation,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/12/22

Weekly Media Roundup: October 5, 2022

Afterschool Programs Mobilize in Wake of Mass Shootings, Youth Today As communities grapple with horrific mass shootings such as those in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, afterschool programs are focusing on mentorship and social and emotional learning activities to help children heal. For...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/05/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 28, 2022

Project S.T.I.N.G. Unveiled at Goodyear School, West Valley View (Arizona) Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, students at Desert Star School in Goodyear, Arizona now have access to a free afterschool program that offers science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/28/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 21, 2022

Many Children are Regularly Exposed to Gun Violence. Here's How to Help them Heal, National Public Radio In the Cameron Community Ministries afterschool program in Rochester, New York, students learn leadership skills, take part in community-oriented projects, and connect with mentors...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/21/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 14, 2022

In- and After-School Programs Aim to Combat Mental Health Effects that COVID-19 Worsened, Youth Today The National Center for Health Statistics reports that in 2021, seven in 10 public schools saw a rise in children seeking mental health services. To support student wellbeing, schools and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/14/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 7, 2022

After-School Program Blends Tutoring, Circus Training, WBBM Newsradio (Illinois) At the CircEsteem afterschool program in Chicago, children ages 3 to 18 build their self-confidence by learning aerial arts, tumbling and juggling, alongside academic tutoring and mentorship. The program partners...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/07/22

Weekly Media Roundup: August 31, 2022

Boys & Girls Clubs Help Fill Need for After-School Programing, Fox 2 Detroit (Michigan) Amid historic unmet demand for afterschool, the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan is helping close the gap for students and their families with programming that includes tutoring, meals,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/31/22

Weekly Media Roundup: August 24, 2022

Local School Program Helps Students Succeed, Expands to Midland, WNEM (Michigan) Throughout the pandemic, R1SE Education & Recreation in Freeland, Michigan provided before- and after school programs and tutoring support to students to help keep them engaged and learning. This fall, they are...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/24/22

Weekly Media Roundup: August 17, 2022

North Carolina YMCA Afterschool Programs Growing Students Critical Skills, WFMY (North Carolina) Recent assessments of North Carolina Alliance of YMCAs’ afterschool programs found that two-thirds of participating students improved in two or more character development skills this past year....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/17/22