Weekly Media Roundup: October 4, 2023


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 without community centers that might host programs. But Wayne M.O.S.T. (Maximizing Out-of-School Time) in upstate New York is aiming to change that by hosting a training for teachers from multiple districts who are interested in working in afterschool. “There’s a certain fatigue for kids being in school all day,” teacher Melisa Blankenberg, who is in her first year working at an afterschool program, told Spectrum 1. “But then after school they have a different ambition because it is not just all paper pencil activities or just sitting and listening all day and they get to be more active learners.”

Zuni Youth Enrichment Project Partners with Local School District to Offer In- and After-School Programs, Native News Online (New Mexico)

The Zuni Youth Enrichment Project (ZYEP) and Zuni Public School District are collaborating to offer afterschool programming, including Rooted in Healthy Traditions. The 10-week program at Shiwi Ts’ana Elementary is supported by Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country (a program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the New Mexico Department of Health. Children engage in physical activity and special focus areas, including traditional art, knowledge sharing, and food sovereignty. “They’re comfortable with us, they can vocalize their needs — they’ve been taking in the lessons,” ZYEP Youth Development Coordinator Kiara “Kiki” Zunie told Native News Online.  “Someday they might become youth leaders, and then they might even join our team. That is the dream.”

Tennessee Titans Surprise Students with New Tech Lab at Looby Community Center, WTVF (Tennessee)

To advance digital equity in Nashville, the Tennessee Titans partnered with the NFL Foundation to open a new technology lab at Looby Community Center, complete with laptops, tablets, and high-speed internet. Students from the Center’s afterschool program joined Tennessee Titan’s T-Rac for the lab’s grand opening. “For a very long time there has not been a lot of investment in North Nashville so that has created a tremendous amount of needs in the community and so there is a great digital divide,” Nashville Metro Council Member Kyonzte Toombs told WTVF. “A lot of children don’t even have a computer at home. They may not have Internet access. So, to have this right here in a central location is a tremendous resource.”

The Maritime Aquarium Wins AZA Education Award, Fairfield’s HamletHub (Connecticut)

Connecticut’s Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk received the Association of Zoos & Aquarium’s highest education award for its Maritime Summer Academy. Working in partnership with Norwalk Public Schools, the five-week summer program offers disadvantaged students engaging conservation projects and enrichment activities, including trips on the aquarium’s research vessel. “The collaboration with the Maritime Aquarium has been instrumental in reshaping our Summer Academy, turning it into a dynamic and immersive learning experience that goes beyond traditional summer schooling, ultimately enhancing the educational journey for our scholars,” Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alexandra Estrella told Fairfield’s HamletHub. Nearly 800 students attended the summer program this year.

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