Weekly Media Roundup: September 27, 2023


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 challenges, recently began offering 7th and 8th grade students Saturday kickboxing lessons. Without it, “I’d just be sitting in my house,” 8th grader Dav’On Perry told WKBN-TV. He credits the program with helping him “look forward to what high school I’m going to go to. If I keep my grades up, then I’m going to be able to go to any high school, then it’s going to lead me out of college with good grades.”  

Building a Modern Village: Let’s Close the Education Opportunity Gap Together, By Little Media

Education can equip young people with tools they can use to improve their prospects. But once the school day ends, many disadvantaged students are without anything to do or anyone to care for them, increasing the odds they’ll fall behind in their studies, face mental health challenges, or become victims or perpetrators of crime. But afterschool programs can change that. “If you’ve participated in extracurricular programs, think about the kind of impact they had on your life. Chances are, you formed some of your most important relationships and learned some of your most valuable skills while playing sports, performing a play, or at camp,” Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant told By Little Media.

Grant Aims to Engage More Girls in STEM in the Great Lakes Bay Region, WJRT (Michigan)

Due to a Moonshot Catalyst Grant, female students at Great Lakes Bay Ecosystem afterschool programs in Bay City, Michigan will have the chance to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers, develop leadership skills, and participate in robust STEM programs starting this winter. “Ultimately it’s about STEM talent development, it’s about our workforce, and it’s about starting as early as possible from cradle all the way to career,” STEM Pipeline Out-Of-School Time Network leader Rich Van Tol told WJRT. Other partners include Delta College Planetarium, Boys and Girls Club of the Great Lakes Bay, and SelfLoveBeauty. The Moonshot Catalyst Grant is part of Million Girls Moonshot, which is working to engage and expand the number of girls in STEM.  

California Governor Signs Law Raising Taxes on Guns and Ammunition to Pay for School Safety, WVTM (California)

This week, California Governor Gavin Newson signed a law that will levy a new 11 percent tax on gun and ammunition sales. Revenue from the new tax will support violence prevention programs and initiatives, including afterschool programs, school security improvements, and the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program. “Taxing firearm sales to fund violence intervention programs is essential to interrupting the cycle of violence and stopping gun violence before it begins, and we encourage other states to follow suit,” Kris Brown, president of, told WVTM.

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