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Weekly Media Roundup, October 26, 2022

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Weekly Media Roundup, October 26, 2022

Central Ohio Youth, First Responder Mentors Kick Off After School All Stars program, WSYX (Ohio)

For the second year in a row, After School All Stars in Columbus, Ohio is partnering with Columbus Division of Fire, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Columbus Division of Police to offer students a unique mentoring program. The local first responders are paired with students in fifth through twelfth grade, offering guidance, support and friendship. “This is my second year with my mentor," student Brezlin Harris told WSYX during the kickoff celebration. "We talk about a lot of things. He takes me places, and I can express myself to him, basically.”

Kids Channel Energy into Music Through Young Lions Roar Afterschool Program, WQAD (Illinois)

At the Young Lions Roar afterschool program in Rock Island, Illinois, students are learning to express themselves through poetry, rap and art. “I kind of thought it was a good idea to start a program where I can teach poetry for creative purposes but also for purposes like mental health too, to give people an outlet to get their ideas out,” Young Lions Roar Director Aubrey Barnes told WQAD. Barnes drew from his experience working in schools with students with behavioral challenges to develop music workshops that help students connect with themselves and others.

DC Students Visit NASA as Part of Afterschool Program, NBC 4 Washington (District of Columbia)

For the 23rd annual Lights On Afterschool, students from two Washington, D.C afterschool programs toured NASA’s Washington headquarters and met with NASA leaders, engineers and scientists. The conversation was moderated by Hajirah Nadeem, a college freshman and member of the Million Girls Moonshot Flight Crew, who shared about the importance of pursuing one’s passions and subverting people’s expectations of what scientists and engineers look like. “Most people think afterschool’s nice, it keeps kids safe, it helps working parents, but what’s going on is inspiration. Afterschool is about mentors and role models and learning to collaborate with your peers,” Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant told NBC 4 Washington.

Jefferson Elementary Celebrates 'Lights on Afterschool Week' with the Governor, Independent Record (Montana)

Last week, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte joined a Lights On Afterschool open house celebration at the Jefferson Elementary School Age Child Care (SACC) program in Helena. At the event, students took part in hands-on activities such as art and building, while attendees learned more about how the program supports children, their parents, and the community. The open house also marked SACC’s 30th anniversary. “After-school and out-of-school programs are integral for Montana’s communities,” Montana Afterschool Alliance Director Rachel Wanderscheid told the Independent Record. “They provide parents with a safe place for their children while they finish their workdays, assist schools in providing kids with academic support and learning recovery, but most importantly they give our youth a safe, fun place to engage with peers and grow into our future citizens and leaders.”

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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...

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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...

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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

Weekly Media Roundup: January 10, 2024

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BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/10/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 3, 2024

Robbinsville Extended Day Program is Much More than Childcare, Communitynews.org (New Jersey) At the Sharon Elementary School’s Robbinsville Extended Day (RED) program in New Jersey, students take part in yoga, financial literacy courses, robotics, cooking classes, sign language...

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Weekly Media Roundup: December 20, 2023

Numerous Metro Detroit Before- and After-School Programs to Receive Portion of $50M MiLEAP Grant, WXYZ (Michigan) Thanks to $50 million in grants from the Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP), 67,000 Michigan students will be able to attend...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/20/23

Weekly Media Roundup: December 13, 2023

Federal Grant Helps Restart University of Tulsa Partnership With Kendall-Whittier Elementary, Tulsa World (Oklahoma) Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, college students from the University of Tulsa will once again help lead the Youth Scholars afterschool program at...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/13/23

Weekly Media Roundup: December 6, 2023

Wakeman Boys & Girls Club's Financial Literacy Program Aims to Give Bridgeport Teens Life Skills, The Register Citizen (Connecticut) Teens in Bridgeport, Connecticut will learn about credit cards, loans, budgeting, college financial planning and more as part of Wakeman Boys & Girls...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/06/23

Weekly Media Roundup: November 29, 2023

Tackling Absenteeism: Kalamazoo Schools and Community Programs Unite to Keep Students Engaged, WWMT (Michigan) With absenteeism at a historic high of 27 percent in 2022, Kalamazoo Public Schools in Michigan are working with local afterschool programs to develop relationships, improve attendance,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      11/29/23

Weekly Media Roundup: November 22, 2023

Bend Park District Helps Student Workers with College Tuition, The Bulletin (Oregon) At Bend Park and Recreation District’s Kids Inc. afterschool program, college students from Central Oregon Community College (COCC) and Oregon State University-Cascades are leading STEAM (science,...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      11/22/23