LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Leon County Schools Invests $1.5M in Summer Programs to Prevent ‘COVID Slide,’ WCTV (Florida)
Throughout June and July, students in Leon County, Florida will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of free summer learning opportunities. The Summer 850 programs will be geared to specific grade levels and will include free meals and transportation. “Across our country, some students have been more negatively impacted than others by this horrific pandemic,” Leon County School Superintendent Rocky Hanna told WCTV. “Summer 850 is another example of our district rising to the challenge to ensure the future success of our students.”
Key to Gaining COVID Relief Funding: Partner with Schools Now, Nonprofit Leader Says, Youth Today
In a recent webinar hosted by the Afterschool Alliance, CEO of Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta and Afterschool Ambassador Tiffany Collie-Bailey discussed how to tap into the billions of federal education dollars included in the American Rescue Plan by building partnerships with schools. She detailed how her program grew from partnering with three schools to partnering with 16 schools in the Atlanta area. “This is a time to tell our story of what we’ve been doing during the pandemic, and how we’re making plans to continue that support,” Collie-Bailey told Youth Today. “Our schools need us and we need our school partners. This is the time to find the village or create your village.”
Branching Outward, one of Lincoln’s after-school programs, helping kids during pandemic, KOLN-TV (Nebraska)
Recognizing the need for social interaction and a sense of community in Lincoln, Nebraska, 16-year-old Evan Boesen founded Branching Outward, an afterschool program for Lefler Middle School students that focuses on friendship and agriculture. “For a lot of people, and in middle school especially, life and other things can be very tough, it can pile on and it can become stressful. I feel like Branching Outward cannot only provide a space where they feel welcome, but a place where they can feel calm and free of that stress,” Boesen told KOLN-TV. The program is completely run by students and participants work together to plant and cultivate gardens on the school property.
Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club Remains Safe Haven for Neighborhood Youth Amidst Pandemic, WGN 9 (Illinois)
For 90 years, the Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club (NBGC) has provided a safe place for students in Chicago to get academic support, discover new interests, learn valuable life skills and explore careers. Activities range from sports to budgeting workshops to leadership training. The program currently serves about 1,600 students. “Our mission is to keep kids off the street during the most vulnerable time of the day, out of school time,” Jim Kartheiser, NBGC board member, told WGN 9.
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