Weekly Media Roundup: March 22, 2023


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 nonprofit serving people with disabilities.  The program provides hands-on experience serving community members with special needs, those with language barriers, and more. “We have students that need to work right now. They're supporting themselves, they're supporting families, they're contributing. So the ability for them to get trained and have meaningful positions coming right out of high school, we probably never had a greater need here at Classical,” Principal Amy Dunn told CBS Boston.

Aspiration Academy: A Place for Children to Learn and Grow Through Inspiration, Innovation, Florida Today (Florida)

Since 2010, Robert Barnes has provided supplementary weekend meals to students in Brevard, Florida through his non-profit Children’s Hunger Project. In January, the 81-year-old expanded his efforts to include an afterschool program for third graders at University Park Elementary School. “It’s going better than I anticipated. All the kids talk about toward the end of the day is staying longer in the school building to be part of Aspiration Academy. Who ever heard of such a thing,” Barnes told Florida Today. Barnes is partnering with local organizations and experts to provide unique, hands-on educational opportunities for the students, including master gardeners, an educational technology company, the Melbourne Fire Department, a therapy horse organization, and many more.

West Side Man Mentors Youth, Inspires Community in Spite of Deadly Disease, KSLTV (Utah)

At the Neighborhood House before and afterschool program in Salt Lake City, Utah, teacher Nate Manuel incorporates his appreciation of his Native American ancestry into his lessons and programs each day. Neighborhood House serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade and includes lessons on art, cooking, and gardening as well as respect for the tribal land and for each other. “We just try to teach a lot of life skill activities,” Manuel told KSLTV. “Sometimes being the only person of color in the room, let alone being the only native, it’s just hard. You’re alone. And you do feel like, you’re like the only one dancing in the rain.” In 2022, Manuel was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and despite the devasting news, he continues to find joy in his work and inspires his students.

Pi(e) Day Creates a Savory Solution, Talon Marks (California)

To celebrate Pi(e) day on March 14, students in the Bell Gardens Parks and Recreation Center afterschool program worked together to bake individual apple pies in muffin cups. While the pies were baking, students learned about the number pi and how it is used, and completed a painting project to illustrate pi’s values. In addition to the afterschool program, Bell Gardens provides a safe, enriching space for students during the summer and during spring and winter breaks. “We try to do something new every week or every month,” Recreation Leader Emily Esquivel told Talon Marks. “We try to come together as a whole team to plan different events for the kids.”

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