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Weekly Media Roundup: November 9, 2022

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Weekly Media Roundup: November 9, 2022

Aldo Leopold Nature Center Reaches Out with After-School Program, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin)

Elementary school students in Monona, Wisconsin are enjoying long hikes, clearing woods for outdoor classrooms and building large wooden forts, thanks to a new afterschool program at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center. The center established the program to address the need for more equitable and inclusive programs for low-income students. “We aim to provide access to students who have historically been left out of nature-based opportunities, as well as focus on providing care for families who need five day per week afterschool support due to work schedules,” Melissa Salisbury, the center’s program impact and inclusion manager, told the Wisconsin State Journal. In addition to offering financial assistance, the center also provides transportation from two partnering elementary schools.

High Need Prompts Bolivar Church to Start After-School Program, OzarksFirst (Missouri)

In response to the unmet demand for afterschool programs in their rural community, the Heights Church in Bolivar, Missouri is renovating its facility so it can offer an afterschool program for elementary and middle school students. “I think the bigger issue for a lot of families is the lack of resources in smaller communities,” Matt Bunn, pastor at the Heights Church, told OzarksFirst. “It’s a lot of work to put on an afterschool program. It’s expensive, takes a lot of different resources.” The program will provide tutoring, mentoring and healthy snacks and will include transportation from local schools.

B.R. Ryall YMCA partners with Alive Center to Bring Teen After-School Program to Glen Ellyn, Daily Herald (Illinois)

Using a ‘teen-led, teen-driven’ model focused on mentorship, healthy recreation, and leadership opportunities, the Alive Center in DuPage County, Illinois will partner with the B.R. Ryall YMCA of Northwestern DuPage County to create an afterschool program designed to support teen’s mental health. “We are really excited to bring our proven model of engaging with teens to the B.R. Ryall YMCA. We find ourselves in the middle of a youth mental health crisis,” Alive Center founder and CEO Kandice Henning told the Daily Herald. “The partnership with the YMCA aligns with the Alive Center's desire to leverage its model to benefit more youth in areas beyond its current coverage of Naperville, Aurora and Hanover Park."

Hillcrest Junior High Students Connect with Teachers, Peers through After-School Program, The City Journals (Utah)

Whether they’re learning how to ride a bike, writing fiction, building social-emotional skills by playing Dungeons & Dragons, or exploring math concepts not taught in class in the Math Olympiad, students in Hillcrest Junior High’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program are discovering their passions and developing new skills. The free program also includes academic support from the school’s teachers and a sack dinner. “I think the after-school program is creating a safe place where they can meet together and hang out and get to do experiences like this with friends,” teacher Jen Allred-Salvesen told the Murray Journal. “This is a healthy way of being able to grow and learn and be with each other in positive ways. It builds community in our school.”

Weekly Media Roundup: March 20, 2024

Matthew McConaughey and ASU Are Helping an Arizona School District. Here's How, Arizona Republic (Arizona) Matthew McConaughey and Arizona State University (ASU) have teamed up to help a Phoenix-area school district apply for federal afterschool funding included in the Bipartisan Safer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/20/24

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BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/13/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 6, 2024

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Weekly Media Roundup: February 28, 2024

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BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/28/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 21, 2024

Missoula After-School Program for BIPOC Youth Creating Next Generation of Leaders, KTVQ-TV (Montana) At the Association for BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) Youth afterschool program in Missoula, Montana, students of color build community, take part in mindfulness activities, and develop...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/21/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 14, 2024

Viewpoint: Invest in Out-of-School Programs to Help Solve State’s Educational Challenges, South Bend Tribune (Indiana) Indiana lawmakers are considering continuing the state’s pandemic-era investments in out-of-school time learning, including afterschool and summer learning programs....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/14/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 7, 2024

Rangers Star Welcomes Kids to the Ice in After School Program, NBC4 (New York) With help from a donation from the Garden of Dreams Foundation, 50 students in the WHEDco (Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation) afterschool program in the South Bronx are lacing up skates and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/07/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 31, 2024

Advocates of Afterschool Opportunities Rally in Albany for $119M Funding Boost, Spectrum News 1 (New York) On Tuesday, afterschool leaders, students, and lawmakers gathered in Albany, New York to press for an additional $119 million in state funding to ensure universal access to afterschool. At...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/31/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 24, 2024

'Articulate Their Pain': Preventing Teen Suicide Through the Power of Music, Spectrum News 1 (North Carolina) DDAAT-App, a mental health nonprofit with an afterschool program in Charlotte, North Carolina, is partnering with The Bridge, a music studio, to give students access to recording...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/24/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 17, 2024

Bessie Coleman After School Aviation Program to be Tested in Oklahoma, General Aviation News (Oklahoma) Sixth and 7th graders in Tulsa, Oklahoma are exploring careers in aerospace and aeronautics by building planes, flying drones, and participating in other hands-on projects thanks to a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/17/24