Weekly Media Roundup: February 8, 2023


Weekly Media Roundup: February 8, 2023

News 12 Takes a Look at New After-School Class Focused on Educating Kids About Cannabis, News 12 Connecticut (New York)

At the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) afterschool program in the Bronx, New York, middle school students discuss pressing issues, including the legalization of marijuana, in an open, safe space. “We really felt like it was essential education for students to have a basic understanding of what the basics of addiction [are], what decisions they are going to make around this new norm of marijuana being legal,” Nichol Jennings, a program director at WHEDco, told News 12. During the “Just Ask Me”/JAM sessions, teachers and high school peer mentors talk with students about the dangers and impact marijuana has on teenagers and the community.

After-School Program Serving Disadvantaged Areas Proves Why Its Students Are All-Stars, Hawaii News Now (Hawaii)

Since 2009, After-School All-Stars has provided free academic enrichment, sports and community service activities to disadvantaged and underserved middle schoolers in Hawaii. “We do have a lot of data in relation to how our students are achieving better grades, better behaviors, and better attendance while they’re in our program in the middle-school time,” After-School All-Stars President and CEO Paula Fitzell told Hawaii News Now. Fitzell considers the service-learning projects to be a key component of the program. “We create in [the students] a responsibility to their community and an understanding that the little things they do can really give back to everybody in their communities. Suddenly they realize their place in the community.”

Cleveland After-School Program Helps Kids Find Their Passion and Preps Them for the Workforce, News 5 Cleveland (Ohio)

At the Our Youth, Our Future afterschool program in Cleveland, students produce their own radio shows about social issues, record original songs in a recording studio, work toward cosmetology licenses in the program’s Beauty and Business course, and more. The program is opening a second location to provide a safe and supportive space for additional students. "The children needed somewhere to go, to learn, to eat, to make friends," Executive Director Barbara Bradford-Williams told News 5 Cleveland. “They wanna come every single day, all day. Weekends. They love it here.”

Horton's Kids Opens New Headquarters in Southeast D.C., Axios

Students can access mental health resources, job training, a media lab, tutoring, and meals at the new Horton’s Kids headquarters in southeast Washington, D.C. The program aims to support students amidst the ongoing challenges created by the pandemic and gun violence in the surrounding community. About 600 students currently participate, and program leaders say they are twice as likely to graduate high school than their peers. Yvette Pinkney told Axios that her three children’s grades have improved “tremendously” as a result of the programs’ tutoring services. “[My children] have met new friends, they interact with the volunteers, the teachers here,” Pinkney told Axios.

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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