Weekly Media Roundup: November 30, 2022


Weekly Media Roundup: November 30, 2022

DC Awards Millions in Grants to After-School Programs, WTOP (District of Columbia)

At GALA Hispanic Theatre’s Paso Nuevo afterschool program in Washington, DC, high school students learn the art of storytelling, playwriting and song creation. Thanks to a $95,000 grant from the District’s Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes, GALA Hispanic Theatre can expand and enhance the free afterschool program. “It’s a wonderful grant, because it supports this program that enables us to serve so many of these kids who have no place to go after school, who are often not doing well in school, and who are struggling with disadvantages of language and culture and socioeconomic divides, that make it hard for them to succeed in school,” GALA Hispanic Theatre Executive Director Rebecca Medrano told WTOP. DC’s Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes awarded a total of $16.4 million in grants to 113 local afterschool programs.

EL City Schools Begin New School Enrichment Program, Morning Journal (Ohio)

This fall, the East Liverpool City (ELO) School District in Ohio opened its first afterschool program. ELO Potter Brainery offers STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities, Spanish classes, art programs, athletics and field trips opportunities for third and fourth graders. “It’s basically to help with the COVID learning loss,” ELO City Schools Communications Director Megan Hernandez told the Morning Journal. “Also, we find for a lot of these kids that the safest place for them is school, so the longer they are in school, the better. They are getting dinner and three hours of homework help and enrichment.” The free afterschool program is funded through a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant.

After School Programs Work to Close Pandemic-Driven Achievement Gaps for Students of Color, Columbia Missourian (Missouri)

Recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores showed a decline in math and reading achievement nationwide and in Missouri, with Black and Latino students disproportionately impacted. Education leaders say these gaps reflect the enormous challenges students have faced during the pandemic, and afterschool programs such as Centro Latino de Salud and Dream Tree Academy in Columbia are working to help students recover with mentorship, tutoring and holistic supports. For example, at Centro Latino, students work one-on-one with tutors while also taking part in music and other fun hands-on activities. “It was very hard for [my son] to go from going into the classroom to try to focus on an iPad…. With Centro, he has that extra few hours after school to catch up and to have that individual attention with them,” parent Guadalupe Ortiz told the Columbia Missourian.

Mentor Helping Boulder County Students Live Their Dreams, Denver 7 (Colorado)

At the I Have a Dream afterschool program in Boulder County, Colorado, students are paired with caring adult mentors who bond with them over homework, support them through challenges and help them discover their interests and pursue their goals. “We typically start a class when the students are in first and second grade and then we follow them, basically, for 13 years,” Executive Director Dr. Perla Delgado told Denver 7. “It helps students realize their full potential, to see their strengths, to see what their families bring to our communities, and to thrive in our communities. It's an amazing adventure that we have with the students.” Mollie McGill was awarded Denver 7’s “Everyday Hero” award for her work mentoring an eighth grader named Lupita.

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