Weekly Media Roundup: March 15, 2023


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 Sioux Falls in 2040. The students will incorporate recyclable materials into their designs and examine the impact climate change and community needs have on city planning. “Creating opportunities like City Build where youth are given a voice and access to real-world examples of people who are carrying out this kind of work is an important element to introducing career opportunities and challenging young minds with hands-on experiences,” Billy Mawhiney, executive director of the South Dakota Afterschool Network and an Afterschool Alliance Afterschool Ambassador, told Dakota News Now. “Afterschool programs provide an ideal environment to let kids really dive in and explore new concepts in a meaningful way.”

Can a New, $400K Youth Training Program Turn Century from 'Forgotten' to 'Unforgettable'? Pensacola News Journal (Florida)

Thanks to a $400,000 grant from the Escambia County Children’s Trust, the Urban Development Center in Century, Florida will open a new afterschool program focusing on career development, workforce readiness and entrepreneurial opportunities. YouthFirst Century will provide technology courses, job training and mental health support to students ages 11 to 18. “We’re teaching people how to be self-sufficient from the time that they’re children and get them to start dreaming and seeing their capability and understanding that competency does build confidence,” the Urban Development Center’s Jessica Griffen told the Pensacola News Journal.

$500K in Grants Available for Howard County After-School Programs, WBAL-TV (Maryland)

Last week, officials with Howard County in Maryland announced $500,000 in new grants for out-of-school time programs to support students’ mental health in the wake of the pandemic. The grants will be awarded to nonprofit programs serving students ages 10-18 and can be used to strengthen existing programming or create new programs. “Young people, you deserve support and for the root causes of the issues to be addressed. You deserve mental health supports and trauma-informed and healing-centered approaches. You deserve safe spaces to go after school…. You deserve grace, especially after what we all have gone through after the last three years," Columbia Community Care’s Erica Stauss Chavarria told WBAL-TV.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford Show Their Work in STEAM Program, WTNH-TV (Connecticut)

Students from the Greater Hartford Boys & Girls Clubs afterschool program visited Makerspace Connecticut last Thursday to take part in hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) activities and display their STEAM creations. The students recently won first place in a STEAM competition that included five Boys & Girls Clubs from across the country. “This is a way that our young people can showcase the work,” Greater Hartford Boys & Girls Clubs CEO and President Sam Gray told WTNH-TV. “Whether it be through robotics, coding — all those different disciplines. Tonight … the kids had the opportunity to show off to their families, as well.”

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