Weekly Media Roundup: May 15, 2024


Weekly Media Roundup: May 15, 2024

This Affordable Housing Project Wasn’t Going to Happen – And Then an Unlikely Partnership Formed, Fast Company

By teaming up with a new affordable housing development, the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle in New York doubled the size of its facility to 22,000 feet. The new building, called The Renaissance, includes a teaching kitchen, a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) laboratory, a podcast studio, spaces for job training and more. The building also includes 179 units of subsidize family housing and is part of an effort to bring investment and opportunity to the Lincoln Park neighborhood, where most families are low-income. “It’s not just affordable housing units or just a community center,” Becky Mazzanobile, CEO of Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle, told Fast Company. “It really was thinking holistically about how to revitalize that area.”

With Hundreds of Kids On Waitlist, Wright-Patt Breaks Ground On Expanded Base Child Care Center, WYSO (Ohio)

At Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, military families face long wait lists for afterschool programs at the base’s four family centers. “On average, 250 to 350 children on our active waiting list,” Nancy Adams, deputy director of the 88th Force Support Squadron, told WYSO. This week, the military base held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new child care development center that will provide afterschool programs to an additional 300 students.

Expiring Grants Could Mean Loss of After-School Programs For Thousands of Illinois Kids, CBS News (Illinois)

As many as 300 21st Century Community Learning Center programs are at risk of closing in Illinois due to a miscalculation of federal government funding. “These programs are essential and we need to ensure that we’re doing everything we can to fully fund them, and make sure that our youth have these opportunities,” Illinois State Senator Ram Villavalam told CBS News. The Illinois State Board of Education has allocated $10 million to afterschool programs in 2025, but advocates note this will only support one quarter of the programs.

Students and Families Join Michigan After-School Partnership at the Capitol, WILX 10 (Michigan)

Last month, legislators in the Michigan State House proposed a $75 million investment in afterschool programs to expand access to more students. In response, students, families and afterschool program leaders gathered outside the State Capitol with the Michigan Afterschool Partnership to highlight the need to invest in afterschool. “We’ve got decades of research that shows that youth who partake in afterschool programs will have better math scores, reading scores, science scores. They might have increases in attendance, help with behavioral issues, leadership skills, all across the board,” Erin Skene-Pratt director of the Michigan Afterschool Partnership, told WILX 10.

Weekly Media Roundup: May 15, 2024

This Affordable Housing Project Wasn’t Going to Happen – And Then an Unlikely Partnership Formed, Fast Company By teaming up with a new affordable housing development, the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle in New York doubled the size of its facility to 22,000 feet. The new...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/15/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 8, 2024

After-School Programs Expect to Scale Down with Pandemic Aid Ending, K-12 Dive In a new Afterschool Alliance survey of more than 8,800 afterschool programs, about 4 out of 5 providers said they were concerned about children in their communities who need afterschool not having it, and the vast...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/08/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 1, 2024

A Clovis Mother Identifies a Critical Need: More After-School Child Care, The Fresno Bee (California) In a recent guest column for the Fresno Bee, Noha Elbaz shared how post-pandemic staffing shortages at afterschool programs have impacted her family. Before COVID, her family benefited from...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/01/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 24, 2024

Nonprofit Gives Penn Hills Kids a Safe Place to Gather After School, KDKA News (Pennsylvania) At the Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens afterschool program in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, students conduct science experiments, play indoor and outdoor sports, and are paired with adult mentors who...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/24/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 17, 2024

The CARE Center Collecting Snacks, Books for Upcoming Summer Learning Program, WHNT (Alabama) In preparation for its summer learning program, the CARE Center in Huntsville, Alabama is hosting a food and book drive so each of the 300 students participating in its summer program will receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/17/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 10, 2024

Detroit Kids Dance Through School Work at After-School Program, CBS News Detroit (Michigan) At the Let’s Dance afterschool program at Detroit’s Dufree Innovation Society, students work with teaching artists on dance routines with academic concepts built in. Afterward, the same...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/11/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 3, 2024

At IPS School 43, Teaching Kids to Read is a Community Effort, WISH-TV (Indiana) At the Martin Luther King Community Center’s afterschool program in Indianapolis, Indiana, elementary school students are paired with mentors who encourage them to read through a variety of engaging...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/03/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 27, 2024

The Opp Helps Mr. Calloway’s Students Thrive, Tulsa Kids (Oklahoma) Thanks to support from The Opportunity Project, students at the Culinary Arts afterschool program at East Central Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma are practicing cooking techniques while also learning about budgeting and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/27/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 20, 2024

Matthew McConaughey and ASU Are Helping an Arizona School District. Here's How, Arizona Republic (Arizona) Matthew McConaughey and Arizona State University (ASU) have teamed up to help a Phoenix-area school district apply for federal afterschool funding included in the Bipartisan Safer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/20/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 13, 2024

English Learners Stopped Coming to Class During the Pandemic. One Group is Tackling the Problem By Helping Their Parents, Hechinger Report In North Carolina, nearly one third of English language learning students were chronically absent last year, a rate significantly higher than the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/13/24