Weekly Media Roundup: February 23, 2022


Weekly Media Roundup: February 23, 2022

‘Green Girls’ Take on Climate Change, Next City (New York)

For 20 years, CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING has provided girls in New York City the opportunity to explore hands-on science activities in its afterschool and summer programs and is now sharing its environmental advocacy curriculum for free to other programs. The lesson plans focus on climate change and encourage students to collaborate with local organizations and develop plans to improve their community, such as removing invasive plants in local parks and clearing debris from area rivers. “The idea is to empower students, young people, to voice out their questions and who they are,” Mayra Sanchez, a program manager with Green Girls, told Next City. “We want to remove the stigma against science, be creative, and see science through a different lens.”

Boys and Girls Club of Alpena Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony, The Alpena News (Michigan)

Michigan State Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine, and Alpena, Michigan Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Johnson attended a groundbreaking ceremony last week to kick off construction of a new facility for the Boys & Girls Club of Alpena. “We need more room. We need a bigger facility,” Executive Director Bradley Somers told the Alpena News. “We want to teach these kids more things — workforce development, culinary arts — we want to continue to prepare these kids for the future, to show them that there is light at the end of the tunnel.” The construction was made possible in part by $500,000 in funding from the state of Michigan. Th new facility is expected to be ready to host afterschool and summer programming by the end of the calendar year.

Northside ISD Needs to Hire 100 After-School Youth Leaders to Staff its Enrichment Program, NBC News 4 (Texas)

In San Antonio, Texas, Northside Independent School District's Learning Tree afterschool programs continue to face staffing shortages. Although 3,332 elementary and middle school students attend Learning Tree programs, 1,000 students are on wait lists due to staffing constraints. “Since Covid’s happened, it’s definitely been a lot harder to find people," Manny Bryant, a Northside ISD Staffing Specialist, told NBC News 4.  The school district is holding job fairs to fill the vacant spots.

Blackberry Farm Brings Expertise to Boys and Girls Club, The Daily Times (Tennessee)

For the past six years, Blackberry Farm, a Tennessee hotel and resort, has brought its chefs to the Blount County Boys & Girls Club afterschool program every few months to meet students and lead cooking and baking lessons. On Valentine’s Day, students worked with chefs to create and decorate desserts. The Blackberry Farm Foundation has also awarded grants to the Club to purchase culinary equipment and build a garden. “We are privileged to be able to offer our support to these incredible programs and hardworking advocates in Blount County,” Blackberry Proprietor Mary Celeste Bell told the Daily Times. “We want the education, support and community wellbeing that they provide to be available for generations to come.”

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Children of the Valley After-School Program Comes to Sedro-Woolley, Go Skagit (Washington) An afterschool program that boosts students’ academic, social and emotional skills recently opened a new site in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. At the Children of the Valley afterschool program, students...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/27/22

Weekly Media Roundup: January 19, 2022

Season for Sharing Grant Used by MentorKids for Afterschool and Tutoring Programs, Arizona Republic (Arizona) More than 300 students in Phoenix, Arizona benefit from afterschool and summer programming provided by MentorKids, supported in part by a grant from the Arizona Republic’s Season...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/19/22

Weekly Media Roundup: January 12, 2021

ACE Clubs Offer Unique After-School Activities, Academic Support, Herald Bulletin (Indiana) Each afternoon, students at ACE Clubs in Anderson, Indiana enjoy a variety of activities, including publishing their own books, leather crafting, cooking classes and painting. “We’re always...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/12/22

Weekly Media Roundup: January 5, 2022

Woodstock Day School Media Arts Program Awarded Grant, HudsonValley360 (New York) Thanks to a $49,500 grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, students in Ulster County, New York will have the opportunity to learn filmmaking at a new media arts afterschool program at Woodstock Day...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/05/22

Weekly Media Roundup: December 22, 2021

Virginia Beach Before & After School Programs Saved After Surge of Applicants, WTKR (Virginia) After the approval of a pay rate increase, the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department received hundreds of applicants seeking employment at its before and afterschool programs. The influx...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/22/21

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With Toys, Books and Love, Granny's House Provides After-School Programs to Children, Columbia Missourian (Missouri) Each day at the Granny’s House afterschool program in Columbia, Missouri, children enjoy outdoor activities, homework assistance, science clubs and field trips with...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/15/21

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BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/08/21

Weekly Media Roundup: December 1, 2021

Lincoln County Afterschool Center Thrives From Community Support, Idaho Ed News (Idaho) Throughout the summer, AmeriCorps volunteers, businesses and community members helped refurbish a former church in Lincoln County, Idaho into a thriving community center offering child care, meals,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/01/21

Weekly Media Roundup: November 24, 2021

'We're All Family Here': Columbus Community Center Pilots Program to Connect with Students, The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) At a new afterschool program in Columbus, Ohio, seventh- and eighth-graders get academic support, work on goal-setting, play sports, connect with mentors and more....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      11/24/21

Weekly Media Roundup: November 17, 2021

‘Worst-Case Scenario’: VB Parks & Rec Closing 14 Before/Afterschool Childcare Programs Due to Staffing Shortage, WAVY-TV (Virginia) Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation announced it will close three before-school and 11 afterschool programs starting January 3 due to ongoing...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      11/17/21