Weekly Media Roundup: September 20, 2023


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 for jobs within the program such as helping at the front desk or working in the kitchen, and the Club also offers field trips where students explore different career paths.  “I’ve always liked working with students. I always had mentors in my career path as well. So having a mentor is definitely very important to young students and young members of the community, because sometimes some of our members might not have the opportunity to have mentors in life,” Tao Xiong, Workforce Development Director and a former student in the program, told WSAW-TV.

Program Aims to Combat Teen Violence After 4 Arrested in Killing of 15-Year-Old in Winter Haven, WFTS (Florida)

In the past week, local teenagers were involved in at least three different gun violence incidents in Polk County, Florida. “There’s a lot going on in the world, and kids need to know that there’s opportunities and hope and there’s a different path that they can take,” Ashley Ray, Vice President of Development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Polk County, told WFTS. “We serve about 3,000 (children) annually, but that’s not even the tipping point of what Polk County needs.” The Boys & Girls Clubs of Polk County is opening its tenth location in the area which will include an afterschool program for middle school students, providing them a safe, enriching  environment with positive role models.

After-School Excellence Meets Community Engagement, Daily Journal (Missouri)

At the Learning Zone After School Program in Fredericktown, Missouri, as many as 450 students take part in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities, tutoring, archery, a LEGO lab, art, Boy Scouts and more. “Our broad array of activities seems to keep students engaged,” Assistant Superintendent Shannon Henson told the Daily Journal. “We also know that after school care is needed in the community.” Funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, the program is open to all students in the community, provides daily dinners, and offers classes for adults on financial planning, fitness, and more.

After-School Program Seeks Solutions for Struggling Homeless Students, WCNC (North Carolina)

After organizing a summer camp for homeless students in Charlotte, North Carolina, Champion House of Care is opening an afterschool program this fall, offering homework assistance, reading and math enrichment, outdoor activities, and a healthy meal to homeless and low-income students. “During the summer, we found out the fifth graders were on first grade [reading] level,” Champion House of Care Founder Janette Kinard told WCNC. “They’re not doing well in school because when they get home, they don’t have the materials to do their homework with.” In 2022, approximately 23,000 homeless students were enrolled in North Carolina’s public schools.

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 8, 2024

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BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/01/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 24, 2024

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BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/24/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 17, 2024

The CARE Center Collecting Snacks, Books for Upcoming Summer Learning Program, WHNT (Alabama) In preparation for its summer learning program, the CARE Center in Huntsville, Alabama is hosting a food and book drive so each of the 300 students participating in its summer program will receive...

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Weekly Media Roundup: April 10, 2024

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Weekly Media Roundup: April 3, 2024

At IPS School 43, Teaching Kids to Read is a Community Effort, WISH-TV (Indiana) At the Martin Luther King Community Center’s afterschool program in Indianapolis, Indiana, elementary school students are paired with mentors who encourage them to read through a variety of engaging...

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Weekly Media Roundup: March 27, 2024

The Opp Helps Mr. Calloway’s Students Thrive, Tulsa Kids (Oklahoma) Thanks to support from The Opportunity Project, students at the Culinary Arts afterschool program at East Central Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma are practicing cooking techniques while also learning about budgeting and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/27/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 20, 2024

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Weekly Media Roundup: March 13, 2024

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