Weekly Media Roundup: April 5, 2023


Weekly Media Roundup: April 5, 2023

After-School Programs Financed with Pandemic Funds Making a Difference in Chester County, Daily Local News (Pennsylvania)

Funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is helping Mighty Writers and Coatesville Kids to College, two afterschool programs in Chester County, Pennsylvania, expand their services to meet students’ needs in the wake of the pandemic. During COVID, both programs have stepped up to provide additional support, including food, warm clothing, school supplies and year-round programming. “The ARPA funding will help us make sure that we have the proper people to come in and provide a full range of services to our students,” Sara Dickens-Trillo, Director of Operations at Mighty Writers, told the Daily Local News. “Many of our students feel invisible and unimportant. We are here to give them support, and to let them know that they matter.”

Summer Camps Slammed: Programs Already See High Enrollment for 2023 Season, KOIN 6 (Oregon)

Staffing shortages, rising costs, and the challenges of COVID have forced many summer programs in Oregon to reduce their capacity, making it harder for families to enroll their children as slots fill up quickly. To help ensure students can access high-quality summer learning opportunities, the state invested $150 million in summer programming at schools and community organizations in 2022. This year, state lawmakers are considering a bill that would establish a Summer and After-School Learning and Enrichment Grant program. “There are not enough programs. I mean, that’s always been the case. We just notice it more now because we have heightened awareness. To meet the needs of families, you have to do more,” Beth Unverzagt, director of the Oregon Afterschool & Summer for Kids Network, told KOIN 6.

Jiu-jitsu Program Helps Students with Life Skills and Academics in Baltimore, WMAR 2 (Maryland)

As a teacher in Baltimore City Schools, Michael John noticed many of his students did not have access to afterschool programs. To help fill the void, he created the Agoge Project, a free afterschool program that provides training in jiu-jitsu alongside mentorship and academic support. Today, the program has its own gym and serves 50 students. “In our mission statement, we say that we use boxing and jiu-jitsu and martial arts as the vehicle to cultivate the child. All the skills that you learn to become good at martial arts is the same equation that you would use to become good at anything else,” John told WMAR 2. “Perseverance, being consistent, finding a good coach, being coachable, finding a good mentor, listening to your mentor, putting in the work.”

Afterschool Programs Serve Families, Beloit Daily News (Wisconsin)

“Wisconsin suffers from a workforce challenge, and afterschool programs offer both short and long-term solutions,” Stateline Boys & Girls Club Chief Executive Officer Mark Rand writes in a recent guest column for the Beloit Daily News. Rand shares how afterschool programs support working parents by providing a safe and enriching space for students after the school day ends, while helping train tomorrow’s workforce by supporting students’ education, providing mentorship and helping students explore careers. Rand concludes by calling on the Wisconsin state legislature to prioritizing funding for afterschool in the state budget. 

Weekly Media Roundup: May 10, 2023

D.O.V.E.S Afterschool Program Builds Self-Esteem, Confidence in Local Elementary Students, WMDT (Maryland) At the D.O.V.E.S. (Daughters of Value, Excellence and Success) afterschool program in Salisbury, Maryland, young girls are empowered to be themselves and support one another and others in...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/10/23

Weekly Media Roundup: May 3, 2023

Rally at the Capitol for Funding Afterschool Programs, Fox 43 (Pennsylvania) Afterschool providers, parents and advocates gathered on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg today to urge the state legislature to pass House Bill 795, which would provide state funding for afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/03/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 26, 2023

Local After School Care Program Aims to Help Kids Regain Knowledge Lost Due to COVID, KFDA (Texas) At the Bear Paws afterschool program in Amarillo, Texas, middle school students are participating in engaging activities to tackle learning loss from the pandemic. “We’re trying to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/26/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 19, 2023

After-School Program and City Officials Celebrate Arbor Day, Cumberland Times-News (Maryland) In honor of Arbor Day, elementary school students from Allegany County Public Schools’ afterschool programs participated in a tree planting ceremony at Gene Mason Sports Complex in Cumberland,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/19/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 12, 2023

Schools Used ESSER Funds for After-School Programs. What Happens When the Money Runs Out? Education Week With the assistance of ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding, afterschool and summer programs throughout the country were able to expand and serve a greater number...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/12/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 5, 2023

After-School Programs Financed with Pandemic Funds Making a Difference in Chester County, Daily Local News (Pennsylvania) Funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is helping Mighty Writers and Coatesville Kids to College, two afterschool programs in Chester County, Pennsylvania, expand...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/05/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 29, 2023

Commentary: SC Afterschool Programs Can Help Close Gender Gap in STEM Industries, The Post and Courier (South Carolina) In a recent guest column for the Post and Courier, South Carolina Afterschool Alliance President and CEO Zelda Waymer notes the overlap between Women’s History Month and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/29/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 22, 2023

Non-Profit Helps Lynn Students Prepare for Careers in Human Services, CBS Boston (Massachusetts) At the Pathways to Opportunities afterschool program at Lynn Classical High School in Massachusetts, high schoolers explore careers in human services with help from mentors from the Northeast Arc, a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/22/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 15, 2023

Youth Invited to Reimagine Sioux Falls with City Build 2040 Event, Dakota News Now (South Dakota) Elementary schoolers attending the South Dakota Afterschool Network’s two-day City Build 2040 event in Sioux Falls will work with local experts to create models that showcase their vision for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/15/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 8, 2023

STUDENT VOICES: We Need More Women in STEM Fields, and We Have Ideas for Making that Happen, The Hechinger Report In a guest column for the Hechinger Report, high schoolers Henrietta Rasmusson and Emerald Yankey list three priorities for increasing women’s participation in science,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/08/23