Weekly Media Roundup: March 8, 2023


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, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields: more afterschool and summer STEM programs, opportunities for youth to develop leadership and advocacy skills as STEM ambassadors, and caring adult mentors who create space for student leaders. Rasmusson and Yankey are members of the inaugural 2022 Million Girls Moonshot Flight Crew, a youth ambassador program. “So many of us find our spark in STEM during programs that happen outside of school,” Rasmusson and Yankey write. “Girls everywhere need access to STEM learning beyond the classroom that gives them the freedom to be curious and explore and gain confidence in STEM.”

'The Mind, Body and the Soul': After School Program Holds Self-Care Day for Kids, KETV (Nebraska)

At the DREAM afterschool program in Omaha, Nebraska, students are learning the importance of self-care through mindfulness, exercise and proper hygiene. During a recent “self-care day,” barber Taurean Breckenridge provided free haircuts to students at the program. “I know what it’s like not having a haircut when you were little. We used to get the home cuts, uneven, no line-up, you hated it,” Breckenridge told KETV. “It builds confidence with the kids too, so as long as I can help them, I try to do whatever I can.”

200 Midlands Students Receive Free Shoes, WLTX (South Carolina)

Students attending the HYPE afterschool program in Sumter, South Carolina were each given a new pair of shoes, thanks to an ongoing partnership between Sumter Palmetto Rotary Club and the school district. “We’ve had children in program who were bullied because of the shoes they had on. I’ve seen children come in with shoes that are too small or too big. During these hard economic times right now, and a parent has more than one child, sometimes it’s really difficult to have to choose between putting good shoes on their feet or feeding them,” HYPE Director Barney Gadson told WLTX. For the past three years, Sumter Palmetto Rotary Club has sponsored the “Happy Feet” shoe donation to assist families in the Sumter School District.

Breaking Barriers: SKY Soccer Club Launches Free After-School Outreach Program, WNKY-TV (Kentucky)

A new afterschool program in Bowling Green, Kentucky will give more than 60 fifth and sixth graders the opportunity to join a soccer league with fees, uniforms, equipment, and transportation provided entirely free, plus meals, life skills lessons, and homework help. The SKY Soccer program was created to eliminate barriers to participating in sports. “We’re forming budgets from scratch and finding funding from scratch because these kids would not have the opportunity to play any sports, let alone, do it for free… And so we want to impact as many kids in this community as we can,” SKY Soccer Club Administrator Keiliah Prater told WNKY-TV.

Weekly Media Roundup: October 25, 2023

Iberville Coalition Launches Baton Rouge Youth Coalition Satellite Campus, Plaquemine Post South (Louisiana) In September, the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC) partnered with Dow Louisiana, the Iberville Parish School Board (IPSB), and the YMCA to open its first satellite campus at the Dow...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/25/23

Weekly Media Roundup: October 18, 2023

Participation in Boston Summer Learning Programs Reached All-Time High This Year, WBUR (Massachusetts) This past summer, nearly one in four Boston youths between the ages of five and 14 participated in the city’s educational summer programs and many of the programs were provided at no...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/18/23

Weekly Media Roundup: October 11, 2023

Monte Vista Gets AT&T Support for After-School Learning Lab, Alamosa Citizen (Colorado) Thanks to a $35,000 AT&T Foundation grant, the Monte Vista Kids Connection afterschool program in San Luis Valley, Colorado is purchasing much needed laptops and software for students attending the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/11/23

Weekly Media Roundup: October 4, 2023

N.Y. Afterschool Programs Work to Support Academic, Emotional Needs, Spectrum News 1 (New York) Afterschool programs across New York State are helping students catch up on academics while addressing their emotional needs. Rural communities tend to have fewer after school options because many are...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/04/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 27, 2023

After-School Program Helping Kids ‘Kick’ Off Their Future, WKBN-TV (Ohio) The Concept Young Scholars Program at the Horizon Science Academy in Youngstown, Ohio, which helps students with homework and focuses on building confidence, advancing volunteerism, and overcoming academic...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/27/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 20, 2023

Boys & Girls Club Wausau Offering After School Programs to Prepare Students for Future, WSAW-TV (Wisconsin) Career exploration and workforce development is a major focus of the Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area’s afterschool program in Wisconsin. Students can apply and interview...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/20/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 13, 2023

Afterschool Program Helps Madison Students Breathe for Change, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin) At the Meadowood Neighborhood Center’s afterschool program in Madison, Wisconsin, students learn to reduce stress by controlling their breathing, practicing yoga, reading books to therapy...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/13/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 6, 2023

Skateboarding, Cooking, Ceramics: After School Programs at Monterey Trail Help Students Find Hobbies, CBS Sacramento (California) At the ASSETs (After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens) program at Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove, California, more than 200 teens access tutoring...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/06/23

Weekly Media Roundup: August 30, 2023

Oldest Home in Spartanburg Gets $200K for Transformation in an After-School Program, WSPA (South Carolina) Built in the late 1700s, the Seay House in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is undergoing a major renovation this fall and will reopen as the Brown Girls Read afterschool program early next...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/30/23

Weekly Media Roundup: August 16, 2023

4-H Can Help Find That Spark, Richmond Register (Kentucky) “In a world full of talents, interests and qualities, everyone has a unique inner fire that gives them joy, purpose, and direction. 4-H calls these ‘sparks,’ representing passion, energy and self-identity, not just...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/16/23