LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
How YMCA Judson is a Constant in the Lives of Former Mill Village Residents in Need, Greenville News (South Carolina)
Shortly after the pandemic hit, the YMCA Judson Community Center teamed up with Street Church Ministries, Greenville County Schools and the YMCA Caine Halter branch to ensure families in Greenville, SC received food and essential workers had a safe place for their children. “[The new collaboration] has been a nice organic relationship that would not have happened without the pandemic,” YMCA Judson Executive Director Stephanie Knobel told the Greenville News. As the restrictions have lessened, the YMCA Judson is once again providing reduced cost in-person preschool, afterschool programs and summer camps in an area where 41% of the population lives below the poverty line.
Sanders Announces 'Tripling' of Funding for Vermont After School Programs, Milton Independent (Vermont)
On Friday, Vermont Governor Phil Scott and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders announced that funds from the American Rescue Plan will be combined with state funds to triple funding for out-of-school time programs in Vermont over the next three years, to ensure students have the academic and emotional support they need to recover from the pandemic and pursue their interests. The funding will greatly expand access to summer learning opportunities, and Vermont Afterschool launched a website to help families find affordable programs. “Every family in the state of Vermont, regardless of their income, should know that come this summer, there are going to be really great programs for their kids,” Senator Sanders told the Milton Independent.
When Will We Recognize How Important Afterschool Programs Are to Richmond Families?, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia)
In a recent guest column for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time Executive Director Blaire Denson and NextUp CEO Barbara Couto Sipe detail the many ways afterschool programs have stepped up to support Virginia families during the pandemic. Programs across the state have provided safe places for students to do remote learning, meals for families, virtual programming that helps students explore interests ranging from robotics to art, and more. Still, they note, afterschool programs are underfunded, and many are suffering financially during the pandemic. “We know firsthand that afterschool and summer enrichment programs can make a real difference and help more kids emerge from this crisis strong, resilient and hopeful,” Denson and Couto Sipe write. “We urge our legislators and district leaders to ask kids what their local program means to them and use funding from the American Rescue Plan to address the unmet demand for afterschool and summer enrichment programs so no more kids are left out.”
'I Feel Like Everything Happens For a Reason' | Free After-School Program for Charlotte Kids Pivots to Meet Growing Need, WCNC-TV (NC)
A Better World, a free afterschool program in Charlotte, North Carolina, offers a wide variety of services and activities to meet low-income students’ needs holistically. In the program, students have access to group therapy with licensed counselors, academic support from certified teachers, and food. During the pandemic, the program quickly shifted to providing virtual programming and organizing food drop-offs to meet families’ basic needs. “It takes someone like us to make an impact in their lives to make it a better world,” Fundraising Director Beyonka Fulton told WCNC-TV. “We realized a pandemic can’t stop us.”
Dance Program Sparks Joy While Teaching Cultural Diversity, WABC-TV (New York)
Students at the Dance to Unite afterschool programs learn about various cultures through the art of dance. The...
Lessons, Outdoor Games and Knitting: About 3,200 Students Kick Off Summer at Camp Accelerate, Daily Advertiser (Louisiana)
Thanks to funding from 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Title I,...
GA Boys & Girls Clubs Awarded $15M Grant, WALB-TV (Georgia)
Thanks to a $15 million grant from the Georgia Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund, the Boys & Girls Clubs...
Michigan Science Center Brings Traveling Science Program Back To Metro Detroit, WWJ-TV (Michigan)
Thanks to financial support from Aramco Americas, the Michigan Science Center will once again...
New Website Helps Parents Find Summer Learning Opportunities for Children, Maui Now (Hawaii)
To assist parents with their search for available summer learning programs, the Hawai’i...
Leon County Schools Invests $1.5M in Summer Programs to Prevent ‘COVID Slide,’ WCTV (Florida)
Throughout June and July, students in Leon County, Florida will have the opportunity to...
Community Stepped Up When the Going Got Tough, Sandusky Register (Ohio)
When the pandemic hit, the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio immediately got to work to ensure students’ academic, physical and emotional needs were met. The Club partnered with Sandusky City Schools to...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/24/21
Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Unified School District Present Encore of BRAVO! Program, Noozhawk (California)
Through an ongoing collaboration with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) has continued to provide a free afterschool program to...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/17/21
A New Mural Was Created By Children And Artist At Reddick Elementary School In Wimauma, Osprey Observer (Florida)
Students from migrant families in the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida spent four weeks creating a mural promoting kindness at a nearby...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/10/21
Thousands of Dallas Children Are in Need of After-School Care, Survey Finds, The Dallas Morning News (Texas)
The America After 3PM survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance found that more than 101,000 children in Dallas, Texas aren’t in afterschool programs, but would be if a...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/03/21
MSCR Cares Program at Henderson Elementary Supports Students Indoors and Out, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin)
At Madison School and Community Recreation Cares sites in Madison, Wisconsin, about 650 elementary students spend their mornings doing remote learning with the support of trained...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/27/21
More Than Just an Afterschool Program: Española Nonprofit Plans for Expansion, KRQE (New Mexico)
Thanks to a $100,000 matching grant from the Thoma Art Foundation, Moving Arts Española will soon open a teen center where middle and high school students can access career...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/19/21
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
Girls Inc. Takes Creative Approach to Programming During COVID-19, The Daily Times (Tennessee)
At the in-person and virtual afterschool programs run by Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, about 200 girls explore engineering, science, and agriculture, reflect on song lyrics, journal, learn about...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/06/21
Lack Of Afterschool Program Access In Indiana Could Impact Education, Economic Recovery, WBAA (Georgia)
A recent household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance, America After 3PM, found that more than 400,000 children in Indiana cannot access the afterschool programs they need....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/23/20
Column: Hawaii Behind on Afterschool Programs, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Hawaii)
Although data from the household survey America After 3 PM showed Hawaii was a national leader in afterschool participation in 2009, the 2020 America After 3 PM report shows unmet demand for afterschool has...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/16/20
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