Weekly Media Roundup: October 25, 2023


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 Westside YMCA. The new campus in Addis, Louisiana will offer tutoring, academic mentorship, and skills development for eighth- and ninth-graders. “The mentoring component provides our students with role models and allows them to discuss real-life situations with adults who can provide perspective to assist them in their personal growth,” IPSB Superintendent Louis M. Voiron Jr. told the Plaquemine Post South. “This partnership is an example of working with the community as a whole for the betterment of our students’ educational experience.”

How First Tee of Sacramento Helps Local Kids Learn Life Skills, The Game of Golf and More, Sacramento Bee (California)

At First Tee of Sacramento afterschool and summer programs, thousands of students learn the essentials of golf while building character and life skills. First Tee’s Sacramento chapter is one of the program’s largest nationally, with more than 58,000 kids enrolled each year. Through partnerships with more than 125 local schools and programs, roughly 56,000 of those enrolled play for free. First Tee’s primary goal is to instill its nine core values of respect, courtesy, responsibility, honesty, sportsmanship, confidence, judgment, perseverance, and integrity. Anna-Marie Stouder, the mother of two teens in First Tee, told the Sacramento Bee, “Raising teenagers is hard. And so to have the extra support of an organization like First Tee, who pours into your kids and gives them these extra values of leadership and teach them skills like communication…. First Tee is more than about golf, it’s really a family.

Lebanon School District Receives Grant for Before and After School Program, KY3 (Missouri)

Thanks to a $2 million grant, the Lebanon School District in Missouri will be able to keep its before- and afterschool program running for at least another five years. Equaling out to $400,000 each year over the next five years, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant will help the Jacket SWARM program in Lebanon, Missouri pay staff wages, invest in professional development for teachers and provide STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) opportunities for students. “I was excited because that’s going to open up a lot of opportunities for our students to experience things and engage in some things that they don’t get to do during the regular school day,” Jacket SWARM director, Jaymes Wapp told KY3. The program has more 500 students enrolled in its before- and afterschool programs.

Council Member Won Announces $300K in Funding for New After-School Program and Upgrades at LIC School, Long Island City Post (New York)

With support from the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens and Primary/Intermediate School 78, New York City Council Member Julie Won secured $300,000 in funding for a new afterschool program and upgrades to the public school in Queens, New York. The majority of the funding will go toward establishing an afterschool program with the Variety Boys & Girls Club. “Thanks to Council Member Won, the children of P.S. 78 will have access to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), arts, athletics, and the myriad of programs Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens provides on a daily basis,” Costa Constantinides, CEO of the Variety Boys & Girls Club, told the Long Island City Post. Additional funding will go to technology upgrades in the school as well as additional art programming.

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The CARE Center Collecting Snacks, Books for Upcoming Summer Learning Program, WHNT (Alabama) In preparation for its summer learning program, the CARE Center in Huntsville, Alabama is hosting a food and book drive so each of the 300 students participating in its summer program will receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/17/24

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Detroit Kids Dance Through School Work at After-School Program, CBS News Detroit (Michigan) At the Let’s Dance afterschool program at Detroit’s Dufree Innovation Society, students work with teaching artists on dance routines with academic concepts built in. Afterward, the same...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/11/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 3, 2024

At IPS School 43, Teaching Kids to Read is a Community Effort, WISH-TV (Indiana) At the Martin Luther King Community Center’s afterschool program in Indianapolis, Indiana, elementary school students are paired with mentors who encourage them to read through a variety of engaging...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/03/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 27, 2024

The Opp Helps Mr. Calloway’s Students Thrive, Tulsa Kids (Oklahoma) Thanks to support from The Opportunity Project, students at the Culinary Arts afterschool program at East Central Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma are practicing cooking techniques while also learning about budgeting and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/27/24

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

Weekly Media Roundup: March 13, 2024

English Learners Stopped Coming to Class During the Pandemic. One Group is Tackling the Problem By Helping Their Parents, Hechinger Report In North Carolina, nearly one third of English language learning students were chronically absent last year, a rate significantly higher than the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/13/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 6, 2024

Charlotte Afterschool Program Aims to Break Cycle of Youth Crime and Violence, WBTV (North Carolina) In response to the 33 percent rise in juvenile gun violence in Charlotte, North Carolina, county leaders presented The Way Forward plan to city council members this week. The plan includes...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/06/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 28, 2024

Program Designed to Boost Reading Rates in NW Tallahassee is Reaching More Students, WTXL (Florida) At Springwood Elementary School’s afterschool program in Tallahassee, Florida, students are paired with volunteers from United Way’s ReadingPals program, working together to improve...

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