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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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...

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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