Weekly Media Roundup: November 8, 2023


Weekly Media Roundup: November 8, 2023

National Grid, Boston Children’s Museum Launch Partnership To Bring Steam to Afterschool Programs Across Massachusetts: Lynn Selected To Pilot New Program, Lynn Journal (Massachusetts)

Thanks to a partnership with National Grid, Boston Children’s Museum will offer a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) professional development course for afterschool program educators in Massachusetts, focusing primarily on providers serving underrepresented communities. Participants will receive a personalized curriculum, hands-on activities, resources, and guidance as well as a stipend. “As we work to combat the climate crisis and advance the clean energy ecosystem in Massachusetts, a STEAM education is critical to developing innovative and creative leaders of tomorrow,” Melissa Lavinson, head of corporate affairs for National Grid New England, told the Lynn Journal. “We are committed to ensuring communities throughout the Commonwealth have access to these learning opportunities, and we are excited to see these programs come to life.” National Grid donated $500,000 to support this three-year program.

Local Nonprofits Partner to Provide Meals to Local Kids, News-Press Now (Missouri)

In response to teachers’ concerns about students struggling with food insecurity, the St. Joseph YMCA in Missouri is partnering with Community Missions to provide dinners to its afterschool program participants each afternoon. Community Missions is a non-profit organization providing housing to homeless men in St. Joseph and Buchanan County. “It’s a wonderful partnership, and I love that [Community Missions volunteers and residents] are taking pride in the meals,” St. Joseph YMCA CEO Tammy Killin told the News-Press NOW. “They’re delivering the meals, and the kids love them.”

Keep After-School Programs Alive Across Illinois, Chicago Sun-Times (Illinois)

Unless lawmakers act, as many as 42,000 students in Illinois could miss out on afterschool programs by next June due to a spending error by the Illinois State Board of Education. The Chicago Sun-Times editorial board is calling on the state legislature and the governor’s office to provide emergency supplemental funding to keep programs running. “Young people all across our state, especially in neighborhoods hard-hit by decades of disinvestment, deserve safe places and programs to keep them engaged and out of trouble,” the editorial board writes.

Baltimore Nonprofit Aims to Curb Youth Crime with Citywide After-School Programs, WYPR (Maryland)

To provide safe and engaging spaces for students and help address rising youth crime rates, 20 schools across Baltimore are providing afterschool programs to more than 650 students in partnership with Elev8 Baltimore, a nonprofit. The programs offer dinner, academic support and activities ranging from dance to drone technology to soccer. Elev8 works to provide students with leadership opportunities and the power to shape their afterschool programs. “When young people don't have opportunities that are engaging, they're going to vote with their feet, and they're going to be on the street,” Elev8 Executive Director Alexandria Warrick Adams told WYPR. “[Students] come to us around things that they want to do and things they want to learn to use their voice to advocate for.”

Weekly Media Roundup: October 25, 2023

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