Weekly Media Roundup: December 21, 2022


Weekly Media Roundup: December 21, 2022

'It Shouldn't Have to Be This Difficult': Lack of Afterschool Program Slots has Parents Struggling, Daily Kos

A “modest increase” in federal funding for afterschool in the Senate budget package “will allow tens of thousands more children to access a program, where they will get homework help, hands-on learning opportunities, engagement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and physical fitness, access to mentors, college and careers, and more,” Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant told Daily Kos. Still, Afterschool Alliance research shows that nearly 25 million children can’t access afterschool programs, and parents are often forced to reduce their hours or leave full-time jobs when they can’t find or afford an afterschool spot. Advocates say there is more the federal government can do to increase access to afterschool and the funding increase does not match the magnitude of the need.

BAM! Makes Children Masters of Art at Brandon Boys & Girls Club, 83 Degrees Media (Florida)

When program leaders at the Carey Family Boys & Girls Club of Brandon, Florida noticed art activities were helping students express themselves and socialize after being isolated during the pandemic, they decided to create the Brandon Art Masters! (BAM!) Program to help students heal and recover. In BAM!, students work with art instructor “Mr. Q” for two hours each week, take field trips to see art exhibits and display their creations throughout the Club. “When our babies are hurting, we need resources. It takes a village. So, this art program was that -- the village of resources. And they're believing in themselves again. You know, bullying has declined. The kids they know their worth again,” Club Director Natasha McKeller told 83 Degrees Media.

Junior King of the Court Tournament, Toy Drive Held at Charles Hayward Center, KALB 5 (Louisiana)

To raise money for the Stop the Violence afterschool program in Alexandria, Louisiana, children took part in a basketball tournament last weekend. After the tournament, they received Christmas toys, sponsored and purchased by a member of the local community. Stop the Violence provides tutoring and a safe place for students to socialize after school. “I just love starting with these young kids, sowing the seeds, watering the seeds, and watching it grow,” Dwayne ‘The Difference Maker’ Dupar, a motivational speaker and host of the tournament, told KALB 5.

Show You Care Spotlight: Harmony School of Music, KCRG 9 (Iowa)

Since 2017, the Harmony School of Music afterschool program has provided free string instruments, sheet music and music lessons for third through sixth graders in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Program leaders say the afterschool program teaches not only music but also social and emotional skills such as teamwork and perseverance. “We teach music lessons, but a huge part of our curriculum or our philosophy is that we all take care of each other,” Jessica Altfillisch told KCRG 9. “We encourage our students to always help each other in class. If you know a note and your neighbor doesn’t know a note, then it’s your job to help them learn it.”

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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