LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Teens in Buffalo Get $1,000 to Reimagine Local After-School Programs, KSBY (New York)
With financial support from the Generator Z Initiative, teenagers and afterschool providers in Michigan and New York State are working together to create programs that appeal to teens. Through the initiative, teenagers receive $1,000 to design programs geared for students their age and local afterschool programs receive grants to implement the teen-inspired programs. In Buffalo, 5 Loaves Farm received $36,000 for their afterschool program to provide hands-on farming experience and job training. “It’s an opportunity for our youth and the youth of this community to get more of a voice and shape what after-school programming looks like for them,” Matt Kauffman, Founder of 5 Loaves Farm, told KSBY.
Single Mom Grateful for Boys & Girls Clubs After-School Program, Casa Grande Dispatch (Arizona)
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sun Corridor provides robust afterschool programs at five sites in Arizona where students can get academic support, explore the arts, play outdoors and more when the school day ends. Single mom Janice Greb told the Casa Grande Dispatch that the Club enabled her to work and finish her college degree while giving her peace of mind that her eight-year-old daughter was in a safe, enriching environment. “It helped with everything including her social-emotional learning,” Greb said. “I like how a lot of the activities have an educational twist. On her first day there, she made a volcano. When the kids were learning about ancient Egypt, they practiced writing in hieroglyphics.”
Summer Sol Sees Success as Summer Learning and Enrichment Program in Walla Walla Public Schools, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (Washington)
At Summer Sol, Walla Walla Public Schools’ summer learning program, students are boosting their math and reading skills while also taking part in fun activities including making slime, building gadgets, and more. The program has partnered with a wide variety of community organizations to spark students’ curiosity and help them explore their interests. “Shakespeare Walla Walla is providing theater activities for us at all our elementary and middle school sites,” Brent Cummings, Walla Walla Public Schools director of accelerated learning and support and an Afterschool Ambassador for the Afterschool Alliance, told the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. “Carnegie Picture Lab is helping to coordinate art activities. WSU 4-H is helping with our STEM activities, and Farm 2 School is coordinating our gardening activities.”
Students Disappeared During the Pandemic. Community Organizations Are Helping Find them. Youth Today (National)
This past year, absentee rates were seven times higher than previous years and schools struggled to locate and connect with missing students. Many schools sought help from afterschool programs that provided a variety of support to families throughout the pandemic. Teresa Dothard-Campbell, Afterschool Alliance Afterschool Ambassador and site coordinator at Glenview Middle School’s afterschool program in East Moline, Illinois, was called upon when her school was not able to contact students and parents. “This was the first year that we had to step up and we had to do home visits,” Dothard-Campbell told Youth Today. Her program has expanded its summer offerings to entice students back after a challenging year of on-line learning.
'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...
NYC Schools Are Getting 200 New Murals. At this Bronx Campus, Painting Provides Connections After COVID’s Isolation., Chalkbeat
Thanks to grants from New York City’s Artist Corps,...
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