LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
GA Boys & Girls Clubs Awarded $15M Grant, WALB-TV (Georgia)
Thanks to a $15 million grant from the Georgia Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Georgia will be able to provide critical educational and social support to 9,000 youth across the state. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Georgia have done a remarkable job of serving the needs of youth across the Peach State,” Georgia Governor Brian Kemp told WALB-TV. “With this GEER funding, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Georgia will be able to further enhance student academic achievement by addressing educational gaps caused by the pandemic.” The funding will provide financial support to summer camps, afterschool programs and holiday camps at 141 Boys & Girls Clubs sites in Georgia.
Many Children Lack Access to Summer Programs in Allegheny County, Study Says, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania)
A household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance found that in 2019, nearly 35,000 students in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania who would have been in a summer program could not access one. Parents cited cost and lack of transportation as primary barriers to enrolling their children in summer programs. This summer, many districts and community partners are working to make summer learning opportunities more accessible to help students recover from the pandemic. More needs to be done to provide all families access to programs, said Tanya Baronti, acting director of Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time, part of the United Way of Southwestern PA. “We intend to bring the community together to make these vitally important programs available to all children and youth in Allegheny County this summer. Students need summer programs to recover, re-engage, interact with peers and mentors, address learning loss and re-discover their love of learning.”
NY Life Foundation Awards $1.5 Million to Out-of-School Time Programs, Philanthropy News Digest
As part of the Aim High initiative, the New York Life Foundation and the Afterschool Alliance awarded $1.5 million in grants to out-of-school time (OST) programs serving underserved middle schoolers. “Ongoing incidents of racial injustice have highlighted persistent inequities in our society,” Marlyn Torres, a senior program officer at the New York Life Foundation, told Philanthropy News Digest. “In an effort to support young people and to build on the foundation’s history of supporting organizations that address racial injustice, this year’s capacity-building Aim High grant focuses on funding out-of-school time programs that are at the forefront of this work.” This year’s recipients include Boston Debate League, East Cleveland Neighborhood Center, Los Angeles Music and Art School, After-School All-Stars Tampa Bay, Chicago Youth Programs and the Dance Institute of Washington.
San Diego Unified’s Summer School Will Be Bigger Than Ever, The San Diego Union-Tribune (California)
At least 25,000 San Diego Unified students have signed up for the district’s summer learning programs, which are free to all students this summer thanks to federal COVID-19 relief funds. To engage students, the district is partnering with a wide variety of nonprofits and community organizations to offer enrichment activities ranging from circus arts to surfing to science projects. District leaders plan to continue these partnerships to offer afterschool programming in the coming school year. “We know that this should not just be a summer program,” San Diego Unified School Board President Richard Barrera told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “We are ready to make that investment as a school district.”
Staying Active: McAllen Club Navigating COVID Fears, Funding Cuts, The Monitor (Texas)
With strong community support, the Boys and Girls Club of McAllen, Texas has been able to keep its...
'Too young to do nothing,' Grandma's House Founder is Tulare's Woman of the Year, Visalia Times Delta (California)
When Flora Johnson retired as an elementary school principal...
Girls Inc. Kicks Off its After School Program for Girls, Messenger-Inquirer (Kentucky)
The Girls Inc. program in Owensboro, Kentucky resumed its After School Academy last week, during which...
'We're fortunate': Clyde Erwin Elementary Lands Funding for Arts, Educational Support, Jacksonville Daily News (North Carolina)
Thanks to a $400,000 21st Century Community Learning...
A Summer of Catch-Up: How Delaware Students are Making up for Time Lost to COVID-19 (Technical.ly)
School districts across Delaware used funds included in the American Rescue Plan to bolster their...
New Program Aims to Get Native American Students Engaged in STEM Education, KOCO 5 (Oklahoma)
Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, three afterschool programs serving Native...
Community Stepped Up When the Going Got Tough, Sandusky Register (Ohio)
When the pandemic hit, the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio immediately got to work to ensure students’ academic, physical and emotional needs were met. The Club partnered with Sandusky City Schools to...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/24/21
Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Unified School District Present Encore of BRAVO! Program, Noozhawk (California)
Through an ongoing collaboration with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) has continued to provide a free afterschool program to...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/17/21
A New Mural Was Created By Children And Artist At Reddick Elementary School In Wimauma, Osprey Observer (Florida)
Students from migrant families in the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida spent four weeks creating a mural promoting kindness at a nearby...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/10/21
Thousands of Dallas Children Are in Need of After-School Care, Survey Finds, The Dallas Morning News (Texas)
The America After 3PM survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance found that more than 101,000 children in Dallas, Texas aren’t in afterschool programs, but would be if a...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/03/21
MSCR Cares Program at Henderson Elementary Supports Students Indoors and Out, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin)
At Madison School and Community Recreation Cares sites in Madison, Wisconsin, about 650 elementary students spend their mornings doing remote learning with the support of trained...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/27/21
More Than Just an Afterschool Program: Española Nonprofit Plans for Expansion, KRQE (New Mexico)
Thanks to a $100,000 matching grant from the Thoma Art Foundation, Moving Arts Española will soon open a teen center where middle and high school students can access career...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/19/21
YMCA gives kids ‘a dose of normal,’ Martha’s Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
To help students overcome isolation and disconnection, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is providing in-person programming for students each afternoon. The program provides enrichment activities and...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/13/21
Girls Inc. Takes Creative Approach to Programming During COVID-19, The Daily Times (Tennessee)
At the in-person and virtual afterschool programs run by Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, about 200 girls explore engineering, science, and agriculture, reflect on song lyrics, journal, learn about...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/06/21
Lack Of Afterschool Program Access In Indiana Could Impact Education, Economic Recovery, WBAA (Georgia)
A recent household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance, America After 3PM, found that more than 400,000 children in Indiana cannot access the afterschool programs they need....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/23/20
Column: Hawaii Behind on Afterschool Programs, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Hawaii)
Although data from the household survey America After 3 PM showed Hawaii was a national leader in afterschool participation in 2009, the 2020 America After 3 PM report shows unmet demand for afterschool has...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/16/20
L.A. School District Plans Star-Studded Summer Learning for Students — with James Cameron Teaching ‘Titanic’ and a Book Group with Alicia Keys and Others, The Washington Post
This summer, students in Los Angeles will learn to draw and animate from the studio behind...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/27/20
Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Program Makes House Calls, Augusta Free Press (Virginia)
On Monday, the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Adventure Club in Augusta County, Virginia delivered care packages to students. They included handwritten notes, sidewalk chalk, and materials...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/06/20