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.

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