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Weekly Media Roundup: May 26, 2021

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 26, 2021

Michigan Science Center Brings Traveling Science Program Back To Metro Detroit, WWJ-TV (Michigan)

Thanks to financial support from Aramco Americas, the Michigan Science Center will once again offer its Traveling Science Program at local libraries, community centers and schools this summer. “It’s important to find ways to inspire young people, and there is no better time to do that than during the summer season when children have time to play and explore the outdoors in Michigan’s wonderful natural environment,” Christian Greer, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center, told WWJ-TV. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade will explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities, including electricity workshops and space exploration.

Fort Wayne Parks and Rec community youth centers receive new kitchen upgrades, WANE-TV (Indiana)

Four community youth centers in Fort Wayne, Indiana have newly renovated kitchens, just in time for their summer programming. “Our youth centers are not just a place for recreation, socialization, and education. They are also a place where the youth of our neighborhoods are learning about making healthy food choices and receiving nutritious meals throughout the year,” Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Director Steve McDaniel told WANE-TV. Jennings Center, McMillen Park Community Center, Cooper Center and Weisser Park received new kitchen appliances as well as upgraded plumbing and electrical systems. The four sites provide afterschool programming during the school year as well as summer programs.

A Message to Summer-Learning Providers: Make Equity a Priority, Education Week Market Brief

A household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance shows disturbing trends in terms of which children have access to summer learning opportunities and which children are left behind. “Parents in higher-income families spend five times as much on summer programs for their children and are three times as likely to have a child in a summer program than parents in low-income families,” Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant told Education Week Market Brief. At a briefing highlighting the report last week, out-of-school time leaders recommended programs be mindful of the language they use to engage families, take advantage of opportunities to partner with schools, and utilize funds included in the American Rescue Plan to boost equity. They also suggested creative communication strategies to ensure families of all backgrounds are aware of available summer programs.

New Mexico Summer Programs for Youth Include New Internships, The Associated Press

In the summer of 2019, one in three children in New Mexico were not in a summer learning program, though their parents wanted to enroll them, according to a survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance. This summer, school districts and nonprofit partners across the state are working to increase access to summer programs to help students recover from the pandemic. The state has also allocated $10 million in pandemic relief funds to create summer internship opportunities for high schoolers, including internships at summer learning programs. “I think there’s a lot that [high schoolers] can do in our summer program setting,” Colby Wilson, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Central New Mexico, told the Associated Press. “And it’s good for the high school kids to get that experience, just basic soft skills of showing up on time and working with a team and planning for different programs.”

Weekly Media Roundup: February 24, 2021

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

Weekly Media Roundup: February 17, 2021

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

Weekly Media Roundup: February 10, 2021

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

Weekly Media Roundup: February 3, 2021

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

Weekly Media Roundup: January 27, 2021

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

Weekly Media Roundup: January 19, 2021

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

Weekly Media Roundup: January 13, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: January 6, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: December 23, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: December 16, 2020

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