LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
After-School Programs Have Either Been Abandoned or Overworked, Hechinger Report
Afterschool programs have faced numerous challenges during the pandemic, including pivoting to providing full-day care for students doing remote learning, navigating changing safety regulations for in-person programming, making virtual programming accessible to families with limited access to technology, and more. These challenges have pushed many programs to the brink financially and forced some to close. A November Afterschool Alliance survey found that the pandemic has cut the number of students with access to afterschool programs in half. Advocates say public support for programs is needed at the local, state and federal levels. “The school districts are focusing on the school walls and the people inside those walls and [after-school providers] are outside that,” Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant told the Hechinger Report. “I’m hopeful that we can break that down and really start thinking about our whole community as an area of learning.”
The 'Best Crime Prevention': Wilmington Brothers Use Club As an 'Alternative to the Streets,' Wilmington Star News (North Carolina)
Two Wilmington, North Carolina brothers recognize the benefits of afterschool programs, and each oversees teen programming at their local Boys and Girls Clubs. “Structure and a safe environment means less of a chance [teens] get into the foolishness that’s out there,” Rashad Gattison, the Brigade Boys and Girls Club’s teen center site director, told the Wilmington Star News. “Anyone with idle time is looking for anything to do.” His program offers a variety of activities to entice students to participate, including science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, music, art, and basketball. His brother, Jarett Gattison, is the unit director of the Community Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington and is expanding their offerings to include job skills training. “The club is a place where kids can come to be a kid, and take advantage of different resources offered such as character and leadership programs and much more,” Jarett Gattison said. “It gives them an alternative to the streets.”
Excellent Educator: Colleen Abbott Goes Above and Beyond for Students, KRCG (Missouri)
Colleen Abbott, director of LEAP (Learning Enriched After School Program) and an Afterschool Ambassador for the Afterschool Alliance, continually thinks outside the box to provide enriching opportunities for students. Her Eldon, Missouri afterschool program not only offers academic support but also archery, bike riding lessons and even hands-on activities with a chicken tractor (a mobile chicken coop). “My hopes are to eventually do some more entrepreneurial kinds of curriculum with them, so they can actually see how many laying hens would you have to have for a business, and that would be a model at school," Abbott told KRCG.
Rock Walls, Recording Studios, Teen Centers, and Teaching Kitchens: This is Just a Sample of What’s Available at Boys & Girls Clubs, Valpo Life (Indiana)
At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana, students use exercise equipment to power video games, learn about healthy eating in teaching kitchens, produce original music and learn about audio engineering in digital music recording studios, get academic support and more. The Clubs also provide a wide variety of opportunities for teens to explore their interests and get ready for college and careers, including service learning, leadership programs and job training. “There’s something for every kid,” Director of Marketing Stephanie Hamilton told Valpo Life. “It’s important that every child has a safe and fun place to go after school, but it’s also important for us to make sure that kids are having fun and that Club is somewhere kids want to go.”
Staying Active: McAllen Club Navigating COVID Fears, Funding Cuts, The Monitor (Texas)
With strong community support, the Boys and Girls Club of McAllen, Texas has been able to keep its...
'Too young to do nothing,' Grandma's House Founder is Tulare's Woman of the Year, Visalia Times Delta (California)
When Flora Johnson retired as an elementary school principal...
Girls Inc. Kicks Off its After School Program for Girls, Messenger-Inquirer (Kentucky)
The Girls Inc. program in Owensboro, Kentucky resumed its After School Academy last week, during which...
'We're fortunate': Clyde Erwin Elementary Lands Funding for Arts, Educational Support, Jacksonville Daily News (North Carolina)
Thanks to a $400,000 21st Century Community Learning...
A Summer of Catch-Up: How Delaware Students are Making up for Time Lost to COVID-19 (Technical.ly)
School districts across Delaware used funds included in the American Rescue Plan to bolster their...
New Program Aims to Get Native American Students Engaged in STEM Education, KOCO 5 (Oklahoma)
Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, three afterschool programs serving Native...
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