Weekly Media Roundup: January 11, 2023


Weekly Media Roundup: January 11, 2023

Color a Positive Thought: Bridgeport Man Creates Coloring Book, After-School Program for City Kids, WTNH (Connecticut)

Bridgeport, Connecticut native Harry Bell created “Color a Positive Thought,” a coloring book with inspirational phrases, to help children and families facing challenges like those he experienced, including childhood trauma and substance abuse. Bell uses the proceeds from the coloring book to fund a free afterschool program in Bridgeport which is attended by 50 to 75 students each day. The program includes homework help, art, hip hop, sports and more. “In here, they can be that kid and smile and laugh and feel like they’re home,” Bell told WTNH. “We give them a hot meal every day, too.”

Newly Signed Ohio Bill Expands Afterschool Enrichment Accounts, The Ohio Star (Ohio)

On January 6, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed a spending bill increasing the state’s supplemental education assistance credit for low-income families from $500 to $1,000. As part of the state’s COVID recovery efforts, the ACE Educational Savings Account program provides families a $1,000 credit to pay for before- or afterschool programs, summer camps, tutoring or other educational services or materials. “In light of the historic learning loss suffered during the pandemic, the need to get parents and students education resources is critical,” Buckeye Institute research fellow Greg R. Lawson told the Ohio Star. “By increasing the income-eligibility threshold for students and the amount in individual ACE accounts to $1,000, the reforms Governor DeWine signed into law will make it easier for families to access indispensable education resources.”

LAUSD Superintendent Launches Big Tutoring Expansion and Evening Buses for Kids, Los Angeles Daily News (California)

To help ensure afterschool programs are accessible to all families, starting in January, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will provide bus service home to students participating in the Youth Empowered Scholars Academy afterschool program. The district hopes to expand the service to 100 additional schools. “We will do the equivalent of concierge service, meaning door-to-door delivery. We have coordinated these bus routes to provide an opportunity for students, who are bused or not bused, and are afraid to take advantage of this additional service,” Superintendent Alberto Carvalho told the Los Angeles Daily News. The district will also provide tutoring during the regular school hours at schools with the greatest need.

Marin Teenager Fosters After-School Chess Boom, Marin Independent Journal (California)

High schooler Henry Lien founded ChessPals to introduce elementary schoolers to chess through weekly sessions at five afterschool programs in the Bay Area. His goal is to increase access to chess within underrepresented and predominantly Spanish-speaking communities, while developing students’ cognitive and social-emotional skills. “Thanks to Henry and the ChessPals program, we’ve seen immediate engagement and excitement from students in our after-school programs who have never played chess before,” Education Administrator Mike Taylor told the Marin Independent Journal. “Everyone is building really meaningful connections.”

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