LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
WCU Receives Grant to Improve Skills of Children Who Are English Language Learners, The News Herald (North Carolina)
Thanks to 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding, children who are learning English in Cullowhee, North Carolina can attend a comprehensive afterschool program designed to support their academic achievement. The Language Enhancement Afterschool Program (LEAP) enlists Western Carolina University education students to support Cullowhee Valley School students and their families at Cullowhee United Methodist Church, which donates its space. “I think the greatest thing about LEAP is watching our Latinx students and other multilingual students who came through the North Carolina public schools reaching out and helping Cullowhee Valley’s English language learners to ensure they do well in school and have the opportunity to go to college themselves,” WCU Associate Professor Eleanor Petrone told the News Herald.
Garden Educates Youth While Meeting Neighborhood Need, High Point Enterprise (North Carolina)
During the pandemic, the D-UP afterschool program in High Point, North Carolina has expanded its Eatery Sprout Education Garden program from two to 12 raised garden beds. The program uses the garden to teach about 50 children about gardening, cooking, and healthy lifestyles. Students garden together outdoors and in masks, and the produce is available to the surrounding community. “We’re taking a holistic approach in looking at food security. We’ll always be there to provide food for our families, especially during COVID,” Executive Director Jakki Davis told the High Point Enterprise. “At the same time, the Eatery Sprout is allowing us to educate them about how they can have their own garden and what is healthy to eat.”
Ukiah Unified, City, SPACE Enhancing In-Person After-School Activities, Ukiah Daily Journal (California)
At the Ukiah Unified School District’s afterschool programs in Ukiah, California, children get help with homework, explore robotics, do Science Olympiad activities, take part in theater classes, play volleyball, and more. The school district partnered with SPACE and the City of Ukiah to offer in-person afterschool programs with strict social distancing measures during the pandemic. “The afterschool program has been a huge blessing to our family,” parent Joni Wellington told the Ukiah Daily Journal. “The program gives the kids an opportunity to get out of the house after sitting at home on computers for hours in the mornings. Now their afternoons are filled with exercise, laughter, friendship, and even help with their homework, which makes our family time in the evening more enjoyable too!”
Program Keeps Kids Engaged and Empowered During Struggles of Remote Learning, Pix 11 (New York)
Through daily virtual sessions, the Inspiring Minds afterschool program in New York City is helping more than 300 at-risk teens cope with challenges during the pandemic and stay on track at school and in life. In the program, students connect with mentors, learn about civic engagement from guest speakers who look like them, explore their cultural identity, practice coping strategies for stress and anxiety, and more. “It really made my motivation come back, and I was able to make sense of everything better, because I developed a goal,” high schooler Zindzhi Sonyika told Pix 11. “Even if the goals are a little bit at a time, every week, I always reach them using the tools that I learned.”
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