LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
American Rescue Plan Gives Out-of-school Time Programs Big Role in Pandemic Recovery, Youth Today
The American Rescue Plan includes historic funding for afterschool and summer learning programs, which will support communities across the nation as they recover from the pandemic by helping students catch up academically, supporting students socially and emotionally, connecting families to resources and more. State afterschool networks are working to educate programs on how apply for these funds, which will greatly expand students’ access to out-of-school programming. “It’s what the field has been asking for for a long time,” Erik Peterson, senior vice president of policy for the Afterschool Alliance, told Youth Today. “Students and families need a lot of support this summer and going into next school year.”
Local Organization Re-Opens, Plans to Give Back, KVEO-TV (Texas)
After a year of virtual programming, the Boys and Girls Club of Mission, Texas is welcoming back members of its afterschool program for in-person enrichment starting April 5. “It’s huge, you know? We are excited. I have kids of my own, and we know that being stuck at home, losing that everyday routine, you know it has been weighted heavily,” Interim Director Rick Venecia told KVEO-TV. The club will open at 50 percent capacity for indoor programs and 100 percent for outdoor activities. It will also provide free memberships to families in need. “We want to provide services for every human, every one of our youth that’s in our community, not just the ones who can afford them,” Venecia said.
Pueblo Boys and Girls Club Awarded Grant from NASA to Help Bolster STEM Education, Pueblo Chieftain (Colorado)
Thanks to a $175,000 NASA grant, the Boys and Girls Club of Pueblo County, Colorado will be able to expand its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) offerings for rural and minority students. “We have done STEM-related activities at the Boys and Girls Club for over 25 years and we have a strong relationship with the university (CSU Pueblo),” Angela Giron, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Pueblo County, told the Pueblo Chieftain. “We always want to expand our program and be able to do more. This grant helps us do that.” The additional funding will support the club’s virtual Indoor Farming Innovation Zone that focuses on hydroponics and aquaponics as well as the creation of a new STEM laboratory. “It's about trying to spark the interest and curiosity that kids have and then steer them in an area that is a financially rewarding career,” Giron said.
Youth Center Offers Boxing Classes for Community, Spectrum News 1 (Ohio)
At the Hamilton Young People Empowered (HYPE) afterschool program in Hamilton, Ohio students learn life skills, get academic support, and learn to box. Shaqulia Mathews created the low-cost program to give students an emotional outlet, help them stay physically fit, and connect them with mentors. “It calms me down a lot," student Ethan Hicks told Spectrum News 1. "And I can do this in my free time, and I don’t have to worry about getting in trouble.”
Staying Active: McAllen Club Navigating COVID Fears, Funding Cuts, The Monitor (Texas)
With strong community support, the Boys and Girls Club of McAllen, Texas has been able to keep its...
'Too young to do nothing,' Grandma's House Founder is Tulare's Woman of the Year, Visalia Times Delta (California)
When Flora Johnson retired as an elementary school principal...
Girls Inc. Kicks Off its After School Program for Girls, Messenger-Inquirer (Kentucky)
The Girls Inc. program in Owensboro, Kentucky resumed its After School Academy last week, during which...
'We're fortunate': Clyde Erwin Elementary Lands Funding for Arts, Educational Support, Jacksonville Daily News (North Carolina)
Thanks to a $400,000 21st Century Community Learning...
A Summer of Catch-Up: How Delaware Students are Making up for Time Lost to COVID-19 (Technical.ly)
School districts across Delaware used funds included in the American Rescue Plan to bolster their...
New Program Aims to Get Native American Students Engaged in STEM Education, KOCO 5 (Oklahoma)
Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, three afterschool programs serving Native...
Community Stepped Up When the Going Got Tough, Sandusky Register (Ohio)
When the pandemic hit, the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio immediately got to work to ensure students’ academic, physical and emotional needs were met. The Club partnered with Sandusky City Schools to...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/24/21
Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Unified School District Present Encore of BRAVO! Program, Noozhawk (California)
Through an ongoing collaboration with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) has continued to provide a free afterschool program to...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/17/21
A New Mural Was Created By Children And Artist At Reddick Elementary School In Wimauma, Osprey Observer (Florida)
Students from migrant families in the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida spent four weeks creating a mural promoting kindness at a nearby...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/10/21
Thousands of Dallas Children Are in Need of After-School Care, Survey Finds, The Dallas Morning News (Texas)
The America After 3PM survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance found that more than 101,000 children in Dallas, Texas aren’t in afterschool programs, but would be if a...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/03/21
MSCR Cares Program at Henderson Elementary Supports Students Indoors and Out, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin)
At Madison School and Community Recreation Cares sites in Madison, Wisconsin, about 650 elementary students spend their mornings doing remote learning with the support of trained...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/27/21
More Than Just an Afterschool Program: Española Nonprofit Plans for Expansion, KRQE (New Mexico)
Thanks to a $100,000 matching grant from the Thoma Art Foundation, Moving Arts Española will soon open a teen center where middle and high school students can access career...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/19/21
YMCA gives kids ‘a dose of normal,’ Martha’s Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
To help students overcome isolation and disconnection, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is providing in-person programming for students each afternoon. The program provides enrichment activities and...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/13/21
Girls Inc. Takes Creative Approach to Programming During COVID-19, The Daily Times (Tennessee)
At the in-person and virtual afterschool programs run by Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, about 200 girls explore engineering, science, and agriculture, reflect on song lyrics, journal, learn about...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/06/21
Lack Of Afterschool Program Access In Indiana Could Impact Education, Economic Recovery, WBAA (Georgia)
A recent household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance, America After 3PM, found that more than 400,000 children in Indiana cannot access the afterschool programs they need....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/23/20
Column: Hawaii Behind on Afterschool Programs, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Hawaii)
Although data from the household survey America After 3 PM showed Hawaii was a national leader in afterschool participation in 2009, the 2020 America After 3 PM report shows unmet demand for afterschool has...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/16/20
L.A. School District Plans Star-Studded Summer Learning for Students — with James Cameron Teaching ‘Titanic’ and a Book Group with Alicia Keys and Others, The Washington Post
This summer, students in Los Angeles will learn to draw and animate from the studio behind...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/27/20
Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Program Makes House Calls, Augusta Free Press (Virginia)
On Monday, the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Adventure Club in Augusta County, Virginia delivered care packages to students. They included handwritten notes, sidewalk chalk, and materials...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/06/20