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Weekly Media Roundup: December 6, 2023

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Weekly Media Roundup: December 6, 2023

Wakeman Boys & Girls Club's Financial Literacy Program Aims to Give Bridgeport Teens Life Skills, The Register Citizen (Connecticut)

Teens in Bridgeport, Connecticut will learn about credit cards, loans, budgeting, college financial planning and more as part of Wakeman Boys & Girls Club’s new finance lab afterschool program starting this January. Funded by a grant from a local bank, the program will also provide opportunities for students to explore careers through job shadowing and internships.  Andrea Palacios, a high school senior who started a clothing business, told the Register Citizen she’s excited to participate because “I am starting to build my career and I don’t want a bad financial decision to affect my credit score. I want to learn how to keep my business expenses separate from my own expenses.”

R.I.S.E. Corp Receives $150K Grant to Support Violence Intervention Work, Battle Creek Enquirer (Michigan)

Thanks to a $150,000 grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, R.I.S.E. Corp. (Reintegration to Support and Empower) will continue to offer in-school, afterschool, and summer programs focusing on violence prevention at elementary and middle schools in Battle Creek, Michigan. “It is important that children do well in school and graduate so that our community thrives," R.I.S.E. founder and president Damon Brown told the Battle Creek Enquirer. “This project will engage and empower the people of the community, allow them to invest and give them agency over their personal and community safety and growth. This project will help the community to get in front of violence and crime and help to dismantle the school to prison pipeline.” With the additional funding, R.I.S.E. will also provide 100 Ring video doorbells to families in Washington Heights and increase its crisis response and victim support services.

DRC Receives Funding for Youth Mentoring Program, Derby Informer (Kansas)

At Oaklawn Activity Center’s afterschool program in Wichita, Kansas, fourth and fifth grade students are keeping fit and engaging in enriching activities. Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association, they will also participate in a youth mentoring program starting in January. “I think overall, you know, mentors play an important part in people's lives,” Community Wellness Director Janea Trapp told the Derby Informer. “Even as adults, mentors play an important role, and I think it's a way for kids to really become their best selves. The mentoring program will give them coping skills, ways to increase their confidence, build their self-esteem, and give them an opportunity to become the best version of themselves.”

Boys & Girls Clubs in Metro Phoenix Are Focusing on Youth Mental Health. Here's Why, Arizona Republic (Arizona)

In response to rising rates of anxiety and depression in the wake of COVID-19, the Boys & Girls Club of the Valley in Mesa, Arizona is using federal COVID relief funds to hire mental health coaches from Terros Health to support students in its afterschool program. More than a dozen Club sites have implemented the initiative, called the Whole Child Approach, and the Club plans to expand the program to all 30 of its locations by 2026. “This is a way to identify the challenges our kids are experiencing without judgment or stigma," Karen Tepper, president and CEO of Terros Health, told the Arizona Republic. "The idea is to fill in the gaps for mental health services and improve access to treatment."

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

Weekly Media Roundup: March 6, 2024

Charlotte Afterschool Program Aims to Break Cycle of Youth Crime and Violence, WBTV (North Carolina) In response to the 33 percent rise in juvenile gun violence in Charlotte, North Carolina, county leaders presented The Way Forward plan to city council members this week. The plan includes...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/06/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 28, 2024

Program Designed to Boost Reading Rates in NW Tallahassee is Reaching More Students, WTXL (Florida) At Springwood Elementary School’s afterschool program in Tallahassee, Florida, students are paired with volunteers from United Way’s ReadingPals program, working together to improve...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/28/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 21, 2024

Missoula After-School Program for BIPOC Youth Creating Next Generation of Leaders, KTVQ-TV (Montana) At the Association for BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) Youth afterschool program in Missoula, Montana, students of color build community, take part in mindfulness activities, and develop...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/21/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 14, 2024

Viewpoint: Invest in Out-of-School Programs to Help Solve State’s Educational Challenges, South Bend Tribune (Indiana) Indiana lawmakers are considering continuing the state’s pandemic-era investments in out-of-school time learning, including afterschool and summer learning programs....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/14/24