Weekly Media Roundup: March 1, 2023


Weekly Media Roundup: March 1, 2023

Why He’s the Youth of the Year Out of This Columbus Club’s 2,500 Members, Ledger-Enquirer (Georgia)

When high school senior Elijah Adams joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley’s afterschool program in fourth grade, he improved his grades, stopped engaging in risky behaviors, and eventually took on numerous leadership opportunities, including Keystone Club community service projects and coaching younger students in flag football and basketball. Now, Adams has been named the Club’s Youth of the Year for his leadership, service, academic excellence and healthy lifestyles and he was also awarded a full scholarship to Columbus Technical College. Adams plans to study sports management and hopes to one day open a youth sports complex so more students have a safe, enriching place to go after school. “[The afterschool program] is a wonderful place for you to be able to do stuff you like. And it’s also beneficial for you school-wise and entertainment-wise,” Adams told the Ledger-Enquirer. “A lot of people that know me have helped me, like all my mentors. I thank them for stepping up.”

How After-School Programs Improve Educational Outcomes, The Daily Sentinel (Colorado)

In a recent guest column for the Daily Sentinel, Riverside Educational Center (REC) Special Projects Director Kristen Lummis shared that demand for the center’s free afterschool program has surged since the pandemic hit. The program now serves more than 1,100 students at all grade levels, providing daily snacks, outdoor activities, opportunities to explore college and career options, and science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) programming. “As our local community knows well, education funding in Colorado is lacking…. Investments in community-based programs like REC are filling the gap some. And while our programming demands constant fundraising to be sustainable, the benefits to individual students and our entire community are worth it,” Lummis wrote.

Spring Comes Early with Family Focus Student Arts Showcase, Evanston Round Table (Illinois)

For 41 years, JoAnn Avery has inspired children to learn and broaden their horizons at the Family Focus After School Program in Evanston, Illinois. As program manager, she has developed partnerships with Northwestern University, the Identity Performing Arts program and other community organizations to provide unique opportunities for students including college visits, Spanish language enrichment programs, ballet and African dance classes, and much more. “[My son has] been in the program since this past summer, and he’s been going after school this year. This program is full of wonderful enrichment activities for the children, and this is a prime example of one of the many things that Miss JoAnn puts together. It’s phenomenal,” parent Erica Holman told Evanston Round Table during the program’s annual arts showcase event.

Spectrum Presents Digital Education Grant to After-School All-Stars Ohio, Spectrum News (Ohio)

Thanks to a $28,000 Spectrum Digital grant, After-School All-Stars Ohio is expanding its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) offerings to include Code Ninjas and theCoderSchool. “Coding builds and strengthens kids’ logic, math, problem-solving and critical thinking skills to prepare them for the future in a fun and engaging way,” After-School All-Stars Ohio Executive Director Tracy Ensign told Spectrum News. After-School All-Stars Ohio provides free afterschool programs to students in underserved and high-risk communities in Columbus and Toledo, Ohio.

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