Weekly Media Roundup: March 29, 2023


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 South Carolina’s STEM (science, technology, education and math) Education Month, and highlights the role afterschool programs play in sparking girls’ interest in STEM. She describes the innovative ways afterschool programs engage students in hands-on activities in robotics, coding and engineering, including through the SC Afterschool Alliance’s STEAMIFY engineering and arts competition. “South Carolina can’t afford to leave women out of the STEM equation. We are needed in STEM careers in South Carolina, and afterschool programming is where we can start to build bridges and close the persistent gender gap,” Waymer writes.

Zaniac’s Afterschool ‘Chess Club’ Teaches Kids Moves of the Game, Gets Them Off Screens, ABC 13 News (North Carolina)

At the Zaniac afterschool program in Asheville, North Carolina, students not only learn computer coding but also how to play traditional board games such as chess. “It’s good for the kids to get off of the computers for a while and engage and use their brains for puzzles or chess,” Oliver Porter, an instructor at Zaniac, told ABC 13 News. “You have to make decisions under pressure; you have to make sure you make the right move.” Students also receive homework assistance and participate in other hands-on STEM activities.

"#LikeAGirl" Program Encourages Athletics and Empowerment for Tomorrows Sportswomen, (Florida)

Thanks to a partnership between Hillsborough County and the University of South Florida, the Westchase Recreation Center’s afterschool program in Tampa, Florida, provides a unique opportunity for young girls to build their self-esteem and foster a love of sports. Each week, the “#LikeAGirl” program invites female collegiate athletes to come to the program for a meet and greet and sports demonstration. During a recent visit, Ragan Kinard, a member of the University of South Florida’s women’s volleyball team, spoke to the girls about the challenges of being an athlete: “Do not give up. Your mind will tell you it’s hard, but do not give up. There’s only wins and lessons. There are no losses.”

Demand For After-School Programs High, Survey Says, Tribune-Star (Indiana)

Leaders from the Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN) visited Terre Haute in March to meet with afterschool providers, youth leaders, elected officials and school administrators about the state of afterschool in Indiana, and how the IAN can support out-of-school time providers and their communities. “We’re working to increase access to all kinds of programs for every kid in Indiana. Our vision is that every child has access to a program if they want one,” Derrick Carnes, director of communications for the IAN, told the Tribune-Star. The gathering and was organized by Eleanor Ramseier, Executive Director of Camp Navigate and an Afterschool Alliance Afterschool Ambassador. Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett also spoke at the event about the importance of afterschool.

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