Weekly Media Roundup: March 20, 2024


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 Communities Act. The actor created the Greenlights Grant Initiative to help connect school districts with grant writing support so they can secure the new funds, especially rural districts with fewer dedicated resources for grant writing. ASU Professor Sarah Lindstrom Johnson is leading a team of students to write grant applications to create afterschool programs at five campuses in the Glendale Elementary School District. “I thought I was addressing a really important gap in making sure the access to these funds — even access to the competition for these funds — is equitable,” Lindstrom Johnson told the Arizona Republic.

Durham Public Schools Opens Applications Monday For New After-School Care Program 'Lottery' Amid Staffing Shortages, WRAL (North Carolina)

Parents in Durham, North Carolina now must enter a lottery system to enroll their children in the Durham Public Schools afterschool program. “Durham aftercare going to a lottery, to me, feels like the white flag of surrender of actually fixing the problem that has been going on for years now,” parent Katherine Goldstein told WRAL. The afterschool program increased in popularity after the public school system changed the elementary school schedule to an earlier release time of 2:15 pm. Nearly 300 students are on the current wait list.

California Schools Face Funding Uncertainty as COVID-19 Relief Expires, KQED (California)

In addition to federal COVID relief funding ending in September, many school districts across California are also grappling with staffing issues, declining enrollment, absenteeism, and budget constraints and need to find new funding sources for popular programs. “It’s not like the [2008] Great Recession, but I think the challenges are greater now,” Julien Lafortune, a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California told KQED. “A lot of the academic progress we made was erased by the pandemic.” The San Bernardino City Unified School District in California used COVID relief funding to support free afterschool programming at each of its schools and plans to utilize state block grant money to offset funding cuts to the successful afterschool programs that have improved students’ grades and attendance.                       

New Esports Lounge Opens at Boys & Girls Club in Eastpointe, Roseville-Eastepointe Eastsider (Michigan)

Thanks to a partnership with the Detroit Red Wings hockey team and the Children’s Foundation, students at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan’s (BGCSM) Eastpointe Club now have access to an e-sports and gaming lounge. Two Detroit Red Wings players joined the ribbon cutting for the lounge, where students will learn to run tournaments through EliteGamingLIVE, a league that leverages e-sports to spark student interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). “This partnership will absolutely bring about positive changes, creating new opportunities and pathways for the youth not only in sports and technology, but with any career path they decide to take,” BGCSM President and CEO Shawn H. Wilson told the Roseville-Eastpointe Eastsider.

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