Weekly Media Roundup: January 17, 2024


Weekly Media Roundup: January 17, 2024

Bessie Coleman After School Aviation Program to be Tested in Oklahoma, General Aviation News (Oklahoma)

Sixth and 7th graders in Tulsa, Oklahoma are exploring careers in aerospace and aeronautics by building planes, flying drones, and participating in other hands-on projects thanks to a partnership with Bessie Coleman Aviation All-Stars. “Aerospace is Oklahoma’s fastest growing industry, and it’s important we provide as many educational opportunities as possible so our students can learn about the incredible career opportunities available in the various aviation fields right here in our state. The earlier young people are exposed to the world of aeronautics, the more likely they are to take STEM-related classes and gain the tools and knowledge needed to successfully pursue a career in this exciting industry,” Oklahoma State Senator Adam Pugh told General Aviation News. The new program is supported by the state Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics and offered at three Tulsa public schools. 

Guest Column: Girls Inc. Embraces Girls with Circle of Care, Education, Telegram & Gazette (Massachusetts)

In the wake of the pandemic, nearly 60 percent of girls in the United States report feelings of persistent sadness or hopelessness. In a recent guest column for the Telegram & Gazette, Girls Inc. of Worcester CEO Tiffany Lillie shares how afterschool programs such as Girls Inc. can support girls’ emotional wellbeing by helping connect them with friends, mentors and professional support. “Many of our girls are learning how to express emotion and how to share with others any issues they’re having,” Lillie writes. “We make sure they know they have people who care and are supporting them.”

MAPS Media Institute Wins Emmy, Arts Program Inspires High School Kids Across State, NBC Montana (Montana)

For nearly 20 years, Media Arts In The Public Schools (MAPS) has provided free filmmaking afterschool programs to high school students in Hamilton, Montana. MAPS recently received an Emmy Award for cultivating students’ interests in the arts. “We’re helping these students learn how to take an idea or a skill, and how to transfer those into something, whether that be a screenplay, a film, a song, or a piece of digital art,” MAPS Executive Director Clare Ann Harff told NBC Montana. “Any of those skills learned can be applied to anything they go into.” The program has expanded to Helena, Thompson Falls, Fort Belknap, the Flathead Indian Reservation, and other Tribal communities.

Rescue Me Project Receives New STEM Classroom Tools to Further Students’ Education, WAFF 48 (Alabama)

Thanks to a donation from the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, students in the Rescue Me Project afterschool program will take part in hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects using Chromebooks, 3-D printers, and more. The program is one of five to receive a new STEM classroom as part of the initiative. “It’s planting a seed in their life that’s something that they may not have been exposed to,” Rescue Me Project Founder and Director Dewayne Malone told WAFF 48. “You don’t know that you like some things until you’re exposed to [them]. So it gives us another opportunity to expose them to something that could potentially be a career path for them.”

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