LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Non-profit Looks to Bring Hope to Chadbourn Youth, WWAY-TV (North Carolina)
A new afterschool program in Chadbourn, North Carolina will focus on mentorship, athletics, academics, and character development. Robbie ‘Pedro’ Stephens, a retired military officer and juvenile counselor, founded First Hope Foundation, which will host the program, to help young people in Columbus County succeed in school and in life. “After speaking numerous times with the leaders of the First Hope Foundation, I am looking forward to the many activities that are in store for our community. I feel that the opening of the center is going to be a huge asset to our town and the surrounding areas,” Chadbourn Mayor Phillip Britt told WWAY-TV. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for their hard work and compassion for our town.”
Boys & Girls Club Metro South, Taunton YMCA, & Girls Inc. Receive $166K ARPA Grant, Taunton Daily Gazette (Massachusetts)
The City of Taunton awarded $166,000 in American Rescue Plan funding to three out-of-school-time providers to fund onsite social workers at afterschool programs. The initiative is part of the city’s Make It OK campaign, which promotes emotional wellbeing among young people. Jessica Johnstone Darling, executive director of Girls, Inc. of Taunton, told the Taunton Daily Gazette, “Social emotional learning opportunities and mental and behavioral health services are critical to our work to empower girls and offset the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic…. We are grateful for the Mayor's support and voice in recognizing the important role after-school programs play in the development of youth.”
As Missouri Hispanic Population Grows, Building Trust is Key to Bridging Cultural Gap, Missouri Independent (Missouri)
In Missouri, the Latinx youth population has more than doubled in the past 20 years. Recognizing the need for bilingual services and care in Columbia, Missouri, Eduardo Crespi founded Centro Latino to assist working families and build a sense of community. For nearly 20 years, the organization has offered afterschool programming and has seen tangible benefits. “Empowering people, I think that that is the best thing that could happen,” Crespi told the Missouri Independent. “You see kids who were in the afterschool program, now succeeding in college.” After providing a year of virtual programming, the organization is now back in-person, providing tutoring, mentoring and nutritious meals.
Baldwin County School District Offers Dinner Meals for Students in Afterschool Program, WMGT-TV (Georgia)
In addition to providing daily snacks, Georgia’s Baldwin County School District will now offer dinner four nights a week to students attending its afterschool programs. “I think it’s just another offering we can do for our community,” school nutrition director Susan Nelson told WMGT-TV. “Especially right now during Covid-19, where some people’s work may have been cut or they might have lost their job or finances are tight. It just ensures that they’re getting a healthy, balanced meal each day.” Funding for the meals is provided through the federal Child and Adult Care Food program.
When the End of School Means the Beginning of Summer Learning Loss … and What This Local Nonprofit is Doing About it, Brooklyn Reader (New York)
For six weeks this summer, more than 100...
Spanish American Center Gets United Way Grants for After-School Programs, Leominster Champion (Massachusetts)
Continuing its ongoing support of afterschool programs, the United Way of North...
After-School Programs Band Together to Build Bots, Shoshone News-Press (Idaho)
The Pinehurst Elementary After-School Solution program and the Kellogg Middle School WISE afterschool program joined...
YMCA’s “Find My Genius” Now an After-School Program, Citizens Journal (California)
With a grant from California’s Expanded Learning Opportunities Program, the Southeast...
Beatrice After School Program Granted Another Five Years, Beatrice Daily Sun (Nebraska)
At the Beatrice Learning After School Time (BLAST) program in Beatrice, Nebraska, more than 170 students...
Clark, Champaign Organizations Awarded Grants for Student Academic Needs, Well-Being, Springfield News-Sun (Ohio)
Thanks to a $2.1 million Summer Learning and Afterschool Opportunities grant from...
Children of the Valley After-School Program Comes to Sedro-Woolley, Go Skagit (Washington)
An afterschool program that boosts students’ academic, social and emotional skills recently opened a new site in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. At the Children of the Valley afterschool program, students...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/27/22
Season for Sharing Grant Used by MentorKids for Afterschool and Tutoring Programs, Arizona Republic (Arizona)
More than 300 students in Phoenix, Arizona benefit from afterschool and summer programming provided by MentorKids, supported in part by a grant from the Arizona Republic’s Season...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/19/22
ACE Clubs Offer Unique After-School Activities, Academic Support, Herald Bulletin (Indiana)
Each afternoon, students at ACE Clubs in Anderson, Indiana enjoy a variety of activities, including publishing their own books, leather crafting, cooking classes and painting. “We’re always...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/12/22
Woodstock Day School Media Arts Program Awarded Grant, HudsonValley360 (New York)
Thanks to a $49,500 grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, students in Ulster County, New York will have the opportunity to learn filmmaking at a new media arts afterschool program at Woodstock Day...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/05/22
Virginia Beach Before & After School Programs Saved After Surge of Applicants, WTKR (Virginia)
After the approval of a pay rate increase, the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department received hundreds of applicants seeking employment at its before and afterschool programs. The influx...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/22/21
With Toys, Books and Love, Granny's House Provides After-School Programs to Children, Columbia Missourian (Missouri)
Each day at the Granny’s House afterschool program in Columbia, Missouri, children enjoy outdoor activities, homework assistance, science clubs and field trips with...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/15/21
Weekly Media Roundup, December 8, 2021
Cleveland County Family YMCA Addresses Learning Loss, The Star (North Carolina)
To help students catch up on reading skills amidst the pandemic, the Cleveland County Family YMCA in North Carolina is partnering with Learning Ovations, a community literacy...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/08/21
Lincoln County Afterschool Center Thrives From Community Support, Idaho Ed News (Idaho)
Throughout the summer, AmeriCorps volunteers, businesses and community members helped refurbish a former church in Lincoln County, Idaho into a thriving community center offering child care, meals,...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/01/21
'We're All Family Here': Columbus Community Center Pilots Program to Connect with Students, The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
At a new afterschool program in Columbus, Ohio, seventh- and eighth-graders get academic support, work on goal-setting, play sports, connect with mentors and more....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 11/24/21
‘Worst-Case Scenario’: VB Parks & Rec Closing 14 Before/Afterschool Childcare Programs Due to Staffing Shortage, WAVY-TV (Virginia)
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation announced it will close three before-school and 11 afterschool programs starting January 3 due to ongoing...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 11/17/21
YMCA gives kids ‘a dose of normal,’ Martha’s Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
To help students overcome isolation and disconnection, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is providing in-person programming for students each afternoon. The program provides enrichment activities and...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/13/21
L.A. School District Plans Star-Studded Summer Learning for Students — with James Cameron Teaching ‘Titanic’ and a Book Group with Alicia Keys and Others, The Washington Post
This summer, students in Los Angeles will learn to draw and animate from the studio behind...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/27/20
Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Program Makes House Calls, Augusta Free Press (Virginia)
On Monday, the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Adventure Club in Augusta County, Virginia delivered care packages to students. They included handwritten notes, sidewalk chalk, and materials...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/06/20