Weekly Media Roundup: May 3, 2023


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 programs. “Pennsylvania is only one in 18 states that [does] not have state funding [for afterschool] in its budget, so that’s why it’s really important that this legislation is supported and we get our advocacy out there,” Contrell Armor, director of the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network, told Fox 43.  The event included remarks from Lieutenant Governor Austin Davis as well as several state representatives, advocates, educators and youth.

Livingston’s Budding Artists: Students Learn to Create Art After School, Cody Enterprise (Wyoming)

With guidance from local artist Brian Timmer, students attending Livingston School’s afterschool program are creating a large mural to welcome visitors to their school in Cody, Wyoming. Timmer and his wife Betsy, also an artist, worked with the elementary school students to brainstorm ideas for the landscape painting while also teaching them the fundamentals of art and color design. “I love it because it helps me calm down and is really nice doing this and drawing,” second-grader Madeline Whisenhunt told Cody Enterprise. “I’ve learned some new things that were a challenge.”

After-School Boys’ Program Strives to Mold Boys Into Well-Rounded People: Cleveland’s Promise, (Ohio)

At Almira Elementary School’s afterschool program in Cleveland, Ohio, male students are exploring potential careers, learning life skills and taking part in social and emotional learning in a safe, nurturing environment. The boys’ club is specifically designed for young boys from Cleveland’s underserved neighborhoods to help them pursue their dreams. “We have a job to teach the next generation of youth, and my goal is to send them better than they came,” Eric Beal, program coordinator and instructional aide at the program, told “And you don’t know what moment, what word really changes a person. But I just hope that I say something that changes them.”

Expanding After-School, Summer Learning, Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico)

In a recent guest column in the Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales and New Mexico Out-of-School Time Network Executive Director May Sagbakken highlight the $20 million the state appropriated for afterschool and summer learning programs this year. Twenty thousand children will benefit from the state’s investment. “The new funding comes at a critical time. Far too many of our children and youth are struggling today with serious issues impacting their mental health, learning and futures,” Sagbakken and Morales write. “The positive outcomes of quality after-school and summer learning programs are undeniable…. Still, too many children, especially in rural in New Mexico, have been left out for too long.”

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