Weekly Media Roundup: May 10, 2023


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 their community. The program was established five years ago and thanks to funding from The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, it has expanded to include more students. “It makes me feel like I can do anything I want to do without anybody telling me I can’t. It makes me feel really, really happy on the inside,” Kyra Atta-Obeng, a student, told WMDT.

Community Members, Lawmakers Rally for Permanent Childcare Funding, WMTV (Wisconsin)

In recognition of the National ‘Day Without Child Care,’ parents joined program providers and lawmakers at the Goodman Community Center in Madison, Wisconsin to highlight the importance of early childhood care and afterschool programs. Advocates spoke about the need for funding as well as increased wages for providers. Bree Bruington, who is widowed and has a child in elementary school, spoke to WMTV about how she relies on and appreciates the Wisconsin Youth Company afterschool program. “When we were home [during the pandemic] I was able to take the money I wasn’t spending on that after school program and re-donate it [back] because that’s how much I knew I needed that program to come back,” Bruington said.

Éleos After-School Program Expanding to Double the Number of Kids Served in Nicholtown, Fox Carolina (South Carolina)

The Éleos Ministry afterschool program in Greenville, South Carolina raised $200,000 in only three weeks to cover renovation costs for a new space that is four times larger than its current one. The new space will enable Éleos to double the number of students in the program and add more physical activities such as dance classes. “The waitlist has been growing and growing,” co-founder Cameron Hill told Fox Carolina. “We’re looking to expand our program to create that space for all those students who are interested in joining.” The afterschool program provides tutoring, mentorship, and fun activities such as basketball for middle and high school students.

Be Remarkable: Founder of Local Non-Profit Academy Honored for Keeping Learning and Fun Going for Students, KBTX-TV (Texas)

At the Byrd Academy, a free afterschool and summer program in Bryan, Texas, students explore a wide variety of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) topics including software, design, manufacturing, 3D printing, electronics and more through hands-on activities. The program was created by Mickie Byrd, a software engineer who both funds the program and serves as an on-site instructor. KBTX-TV recently recognized Byrd with the Be Remarkable Award for his work to increase educational equity in his community. “A lot of students don’t have access to STEM. They see it in their school, and a lot of them feel like STEM is not for me, but STEM is for everybody,” Byrd told KBTX-TV

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