Weekly Media Roundup: October 5, 2022


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 example, in El Paso, Texas, where a racially motivated shooter killed 23 people in 2019, the Creative Kids afterschool program provides students a safe place to process their emotions through art. A nine-year-old student named Marisa told Youth Today that through the program, “I learned how to trust people. I learned how to express my feelings through art and colors.” Advocates say more training and resources are needed to equip afterschool programs to support grieving students and families when their communities are impacted by violence.

Local Organization Creates After-School Program to Keep Teens Off the Street, WVNS-TV (West Virginia)

Recognizing the unmet demand for a safe, supportive space for middle and high school students in the afternoons, the Church of the Nazarene in Bluefield, West Virginia is opening the L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Education, Assistance and Development) Program. “Our main thing is really getting these kids help with their homework. I know that’s just a big need in our community. So we’re going to help them with their homework, let them come in here and run off all their energy and we’re going to feed them as well,” Kyle Harris, executive director of L.E.A.D., told WVNS-TV. The free afterschool program will also focus on life skills and community involvement.

Louisville Muralist’s Latest Work a Collaboration with Elementary Students, WFPL (Kentucky)

Working closely with students from the Engelhard Elementary afterschool program, Louisville artist Jaylin Stewart created a large outdoor mural for the entrance of Family and Children’s Place in Louisville, Kentucky. The students helped design and paint the colorful mural celebrating children. “This mural represents the caring, child-friendly and warm environment that Family and Children’s Place creates,” Pam Darnall, president and CEO of the nonprofit, told WFPL. Family and Children’s Place offers several afterschool programs in Louisville, including the Engelhard Elementary afterschool program, as well as support services to victims of child abuse.

Will Latchkey Kids Make a Comeback? Frustrated Working Parents Lack Other After-School Care Options, Fortune

An Afterschool Alliance survey released in August finds that as the new school year begins, 24.7 million children in the United States are without the afterschool programs their parents want for them. The historic unmet demand is driven by a several factors, including nationwide staffing shortages and inadequate funding. That’s created impossible situations for working parents like Kathy Lando in Brooklyn. “When I got to our current school, I realized they don’t really have an infrastructure set up for after school, and parents had to go and fend for themselves to figure it out,” Lando told Fortune. “You’re not guaranteed a spot. [I] just kind of [had] an assumption that there will be provisions for after school because we live in a world—especially in New York City—where most families are two-income families.”

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