Weekly Media Roundup: April 3, 2024


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 activities. “We try to make it fun and creative for them to see things in a different way,” Jonna Lee, a youth worker with the MLK Center, told WISH-TV. “To understand that they are still learning, but we’re having fun doing it.” The afterschool literacy program was created eight years ago to meet the needs of at-risks students attending James Whitcomb Riley School 43 and provides students healthy meals each day, as well as transportation and mental health services.

15 More Hillsborough Schools to Get Free After-School Meals as Need Grows, Bay News 9 (Florida)

With support from the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program, 15 additional Hillsborough County schools in Florida will provide meals at their afterschool programs. “In our economy that’s still suffering from the side effects of COVID, we have many families that just can’t afford nutritious foods at home,” Shani Hall, director of Student Nutrition Services at Hillsborough County Public Schools, told Bay News 9. “They’re struggling paying their bills. So we look for any ways we can offer nutritious foods for kids to help them grow and learn.” A total of 190 Hillsborough County schools offer nutritious meals at their afterschool programs.

Boys & Girls Club of St. Marys Reaches 100 Years of Supporting Youth, Courier Express (Pennsylvania)

To celebrate a century of providing a safe space for students to explore their interests and learn new skills, the Boys and Girls Club of St. Marys in Pennsylvania unveiled an animated digital billboard featuring students’ art. It also will host two open houses and is aiming to raise $100,000 to strengthen and expand its programming this year. The Club opened its doors in 1924, offering boys the opportunity to learn woodworking, play sports and games, join a marching band and more. Today, Club students of all genders get tutoring, explore art and cooking, and learn to play the ukulele and take part in fitness activities. “One hundred years in a rural community for anything is quite impressive,” CEO Joe Jacob told the Courier Express. “To be able to capture and honor 100 years, and so many individuals who have helped grow the Club from past boards of directors and other executive directors and staff, is something I do not take lightly, and want to do right.”

Just Grow WIith it: YouthWorks Expands Its After-School and Summer Offerings With New Greenhouse Operation, Tulsa People (Oklahoma)

At YouthWorks afterschool and summer programs in Tulsa, Oklahoma, more than 200 elementary and middle schoolers get help with math and reading, take part in fitness activities, explore farming, animal care and trade skills at the YouthWorks Ranch, and learn to run a business at the YouthWorks Pizza Factory. Now, thanks to funding from United Healthcare and the Kiwanis Club of Tulsa, students will also grow their own lettuces, vine crops and greens in the nonprofit’s new greenhouse, which features aeroponic, hydroponic and aquaponic growing systems. “We want them in an environment where it’s OK to mess up, and let them know that we’ll still love them,” YouthWorks Co-Founder Chris Beach told Tulsa People.

Weekly Media Roundup: May 15, 2024

This Affordable Housing Project Wasn’t Going to Happen – And Then an Unlikely Partnership Formed, Fast Company By teaming up with a new affordable housing development, the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle in New York doubled the size of its facility to 22,000 feet. The new...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/15/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 8, 2024

After-School Programs Expect to Scale Down with Pandemic Aid Ending, K-12 Dive In a new Afterschool Alliance survey of more than 8,800 afterschool programs, about 4 out of 5 providers said they were concerned about children in their communities who need afterschool not having it, and the vast...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/08/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 1, 2024

A Clovis Mother Identifies a Critical Need: More After-School Child Care, The Fresno Bee (California) In a recent guest column for the Fresno Bee, Noha Elbaz shared how post-pandemic staffing shortages at afterschool programs have impacted her family. Before COVID, her family benefited from...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/01/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 24, 2024

Nonprofit Gives Penn Hills Kids a Safe Place to Gather After School, KDKA News (Pennsylvania) At the Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens afterschool program in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, students conduct science experiments, play indoor and outdoor sports, and are paired with adult mentors who...

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/17/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 10, 2024

Detroit Kids Dance Through School Work at After-School Program, CBS News Detroit (Michigan) At the Let’s Dance afterschool program at Detroit’s Dufree Innovation Society, students work with teaching artists on dance routines with academic concepts built in. Afterward, the same...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/11/24

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/03/24

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

Matthew McConaughey and ASU Are Helping an Arizona School District. Here's How, Arizona Republic (Arizona) Matthew McConaughey and Arizona State University (ASU) have teamed up to help a Phoenix-area school district apply for federal afterschool funding included in the Bipartisan Safer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/20/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 13, 2024

English Learners Stopped Coming to Class During the Pandemic. One Group is Tackling the Problem By Helping Their Parents, Hechinger Report In North Carolina, nearly one third of English language learning students were chronically absent last year, a rate significantly higher than the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/13/24