LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
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 increased dramatically in the state since then. In a recent guest column for the Honolulu-Star Advertiser, Hawai’i Afterschool Alliance Program Director Jennifer Masutani noted that barriers to afterschool participation including cost, availability and lack of transportation are hurting children and families. The pandemic has created additional challenges and put many programs in danger of closing. “We need to recognize that afterschool programs can help students catch up and keep up from COVID-19,” Masutani wrote. “To prevent thousands of afterschool spots from disappearing, state leaders need to act now. Specifically, the state needs to grant more flexibility so we can strategically leverage federal funds already allocated to our afterschool programs.”
Why More Families Need ‘Afterschool’ Programs to Cope with Pressures of Pandemic, Deseret News (Utah)
Since the pandemic hit, afterschool programs have stepped up to meet the changing needs of their communities by serving as socially distanced sites for being schooled remotely, distributing meals, connecting families to resources, and more. At the same time, programs are facing increased operating costs and inadequate funding, putting three in five programs in danger of closing permanently or laying off staff, according to a new report from the Afterschool Alliance. Public funding is needed to close the gaps and ensure all families can access programs. “Unmet demand has never been higher,” Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant told the Deseret News.
After-School Program Prevails in Trying Times, Newport This Week (Rhode Island)
At the Team-FAME afterschool program in Newport, Rhode Island, students learn essential life skills including teamwork, conflict resolution and more through tennis practice, nutrition education, academic enrichment and mentorship. During the pandemic, the program has kept students engaged through creative activities such as online Pictionary parties, one-on-one tutoring on Zoom, and virtual tennis challenges. “To me, the most important tool in this program is the respect present in every interaction. This foundation will lead to healthy relationship building and to developing great future leaders for Newport,” volunteer Kathy Longson wrote in a letter to the editor for Newport This Week.
Connecting With NASA: Falcons Flyers Afterschool Program Selected for STEM Challenge, Williams-Grand Canyon News (Arizona)
Elementary and middle school students in the Falcon Flyers 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool program in Williams, Arizona are connecting with real NASA engineers and solving challenges using real mission data as part of the NASA STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Challenge. The initiative helps students explore STEM careers while practicing problem solving and collaboration. According to science teacher Trina Siegfried, students have already sorted themselves into committees to tackle the challenges. “They knew that each person would need to be responsible for something and then we would need to collaborate. My eighth graders are used to doing that in the lab. They’ve already started to own it, which I’m really proud of,” Siegfried told Williams-Grand Canyon News.
Girls Inc. Launches STEM-Based Program At New College, SRQ Magazine (Florida)
In addition to summer and afterschool programs, Girls Inc. of Sarasota, Florida is expanding its STEM (science,...
Gwinnett Celebrating Importance of Afterschool Programs, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)
On October 28, Gwinnett County, Georgia, will celebrate Lights...
Non-profit Looks to Bring Hope to Chadbourn Youth, WWAY-TV (North Carolina)
A new afterschool program in Chadbourn, North Carolina will focus on mentorship, athletics, academics, and character...
Children of the Valley Program Expanding to Burlington, Sedro-Woolley, GoSkagit.com (Washington)
At the onset of the pandemic, the Mount Vernon School District in Washington state reached out to...
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...
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