Weekly Media Roundup, October 26, 2022


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.”

Weekly Media Roundup: October 19, 2022

Boston's Investment in Summer Learning Converts into High Participation this Year, WBUR (Massachusetts) A new report from Boston After School and Beyond shows nearly 16,000 students in the Boston area attended summer learning programs at schools and community organizations this summer, with...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/19/22

Weekly Media Roundup: October 12, 2022

An After-School Program that Enriches Learning Academically, Socially and Emotionally: Cleveland’s Promise, (Ohio) At Almira Elementary School’s afterschool program in Cleveland, Ohio, students are now taking boxing lessons in addition to drawing, digital animation,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/12/22

Weekly Media Roundup: October 5, 2022

Afterschool Programs Mobilize in Wake of Mass Shootings, Youth Today As communities grapple with horrific mass shootings such as those in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, afterschool programs are focusing on mentorship and social and emotional learning activities to help children heal. For...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/05/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 28, 2022

Project S.T.I.N.G. Unveiled at Goodyear School, West Valley View (Arizona) Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, students at Desert Star School in Goodyear, Arizona now have access to a free afterschool program that offers science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/28/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 21, 2022

Many Children are Regularly Exposed to Gun Violence. Here's How to Help them Heal, National Public Radio In the Cameron Community Ministries afterschool program in Rochester, New York, students learn leadership skills, take part in community-oriented projects, and connect with mentors...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/21/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 14, 2022

In- and After-School Programs Aim to Combat Mental Health Effects that COVID-19 Worsened, Youth Today The National Center for Health Statistics reports that in 2021, seven in 10 public schools saw a rise in children seeking mental health services. To support student wellbeing, schools and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/14/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 7, 2022

After-School Program Blends Tutoring, Circus Training, WBBM Newsradio (Illinois) At the CircEsteem afterschool program in Chicago, children ages 3 to 18 build their self-confidence by learning aerial arts, tumbling and juggling, alongside academic tutoring and mentorship. The program partners...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/07/22

Weekly Media Roundup: August 31, 2022

Boys & Girls Clubs Help Fill Need for After-School Programing, Fox 2 Detroit (Michigan) Amid historic unmet demand for afterschool, the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan is helping close the gap for students and their families with programming that includes tutoring, meals,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/31/22

Weekly Media Roundup: August 24, 2022

Local School Program Helps Students Succeed, Expands to Midland, WNEM (Michigan) Throughout the pandemic, R1SE Education & Recreation in Freeland, Michigan provided before- and after school programs and tutoring support to students to help keep them engaged and learning. This fall, they are...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/24/22

Weekly Media Roundup: August 17, 2022

North Carolina YMCA Afterschool Programs Growing Students Critical Skills, WFMY (North Carolina) Recent assessments of North Carolina Alliance of YMCAs’ afterschool programs found that two-thirds of participating students improved in two or more character development skills this past year....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/17/22