Weekly Media Roundup: March 13, 2024


Weekly Media Roundup: March 13, 2024

English Learners Stopped Coming to Class During the Pandemic. One Group is Tackling the Problem By Helping Their Parents, Hechinger Report

In North Carolina, nearly one third of English language learning students were chronically absent last year, a rate significantly higher than the state’s overall student absenteeism rate. OurBRIDGE for Kids, an afterschool program for immigrant and refugee students in Charlotte, North Carolina, is addressing the issue with a comprehensive approach that is producing strong results. “We realized before trying to address why your child isn’t going to school, we needed to ask, ‘What’s worrying you right now?’ That question really opened up all the reasons why going to school was not the first priority for many families: housing insecurity, food insecurity, job loss,” Sil Ganzó, founder of ourBRIDGE for Kids and an Afterschool Alliance Afterschool Ambassador, told the Hechinger Report. In addition to providing culturally responsive afterschool programing, ourBRIDGE connects families to staff members who speak the same language and to local community support services.

State Working on Afterschool Programs. WV Metro News (West Virginia)

At the inaugural West Virginia Afterschool Quality Conference in Charleston, more than 120 out-of-school time programs gathered to discuss best practices and the need to expand access to afterschool statewide. The conference was organized by the state Department of Education in partnership with the Department of Human Services Division of Early Care and Education with the West Virginia Statewide Afterschool Network, which released its updated program standards at the event. “There are a lot more kids in West Virginia that would love to participate in an afterschool program if they had access to an afterschool program,” Susan Gamble, director of the West Virginia Statewide Afterschool Network, told WV Metro News.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sierra Vista Expanding With a New After-School Program in Palominas School District, KGUN 9 (Arizona)

Students in the Palominas School District in Arizona will soon have access to a comprehensive afterschool program thanks to a new partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Vista. The new program will be the Club’s third in the Sierra Vista area and will offer a wide variety of activities not currently available at the students’ schools. For example, Palominas School District Superintendent Sherri Rosalik told KGUN9, “We’ve got some kids who are so into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and we don’t have those resources, but we could set up a room that has those 3D printers and Chromebooks [at the afterschool program], and we could do cool STEM activities in there.”

After School Academy Aims to Complement Classroom Learning, Sonoma Index-Tribune (California)

At the After School Empowerment Academy in Sonoma, California, high school students are participating in driver’s education classes, ready to work programs, finance courses, and leadership and advocacy programs. The free afterschool program began this winter, thanks to a partnership between Sonoma Valley Educational Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley, and Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance. “Long gone are the days of measuring success solely by a grade on a report card,” Sonoma Valley Education Foundation Executive Director Angela Ryan told the Sonoma Index-Tribune. “We know that true success for our students is the opportunity to explore who they are and what they want to become in a safe, resourced and inclusive environment. The After School Empowerment Academy reflects this sentiment by offering programs that develop the whole student — socially and emotionally, practically and academically.”

Weekly Media Roundup: May 15, 2024

This Affordable Housing Project Wasn’t Going to Happen – And Then an Unlikely Partnership Formed, Fast Company By teaming up with a new affordable housing development, the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle in New York doubled the size of its facility to 22,000 feet. The new...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/15/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 8, 2024

After-School Programs Expect to Scale Down with Pandemic Aid Ending, K-12 Dive In a new Afterschool Alliance survey of more than 8,800 afterschool programs, about 4 out of 5 providers said they were concerned about children in their communities who need afterschool not having it, and the vast...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/08/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 1, 2024

A Clovis Mother Identifies a Critical Need: More After-School Child Care, The Fresno Bee (California) In a recent guest column for the Fresno Bee, Noha Elbaz shared how post-pandemic staffing shortages at afterschool programs have impacted her family. Before COVID, her family benefited from...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/01/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 24, 2024

Nonprofit Gives Penn Hills Kids a Safe Place to Gather After School, KDKA News (Pennsylvania) At the Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens afterschool program in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, students conduct science experiments, play indoor and outdoor sports, and are paired with adult mentors who...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/24/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 17, 2024

The CARE Center Collecting Snacks, Books for Upcoming Summer Learning Program, WHNT (Alabama) In preparation for its summer learning program, the CARE Center in Huntsville, Alabama is hosting a food and book drive so each of the 300 students participating in its summer program will receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/17/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 10, 2024

Detroit Kids Dance Through School Work at After-School Program, CBS News Detroit (Michigan) At the Let’s Dance afterschool program at Detroit’s Dufree Innovation Society, students work with teaching artists on dance routines with academic concepts built in. Afterward, the same...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/11/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 3, 2024

At IPS School 43, Teaching Kids to Read is a Community Effort, WISH-TV (Indiana) At the Martin Luther King Community Center’s afterschool program in Indianapolis, Indiana, elementary school students are paired with mentors who encourage them to read through a variety of engaging...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/03/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 27, 2024

The Opp Helps Mr. Calloway’s Students Thrive, Tulsa Kids (Oklahoma) Thanks to support from The Opportunity Project, students at the Culinary Arts afterschool program at East Central Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma are practicing cooking techniques while also learning about budgeting and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/27/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 20, 2024

Matthew McConaughey and ASU Are Helping an Arizona School District. Here's How, Arizona Republic (Arizona) Matthew McConaughey and Arizona State University (ASU) have teamed up to help a Phoenix-area school district apply for federal afterschool funding included in the Bipartisan Safer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/20/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 13, 2024

English Learners Stopped Coming to Class During the Pandemic. One Group is Tackling the Problem By Helping Their Parents, Hechinger Report In North Carolina, nearly one third of English language learning students were chronically absent last year, a rate significantly higher than the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/13/24