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Weekly Media Roundup: January 26, 2022

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Weekly Media Roundup: January 26, 2022

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 take part in team-building activities, eat healthy snacks and receive an hour of tutoring each day. “Seeing how happy and how excited the kids were to be there and to see this finally happen, it was very emotional and very exciting,” Executive Director Flora Lucatero told Go Skagit. “We want to provide a safe place where they can share how they are feeling emotionally in a supportive environment.”

Harrisburg Afterschool Program Helps Combat Gun Violence, WHP-TV (Pennsylvania)

Each weekday at the L.O.O.P. (Left Out Organization Program) Boyz and Girlz program in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, more than 1,250 students connect with mentors, get academic support and explore their interests. Dr. Anthony Burnett Sr. created the program in 2002 to keep students safe and help them succeed. “In a desperate time, there was violence in … the community and drugs and all kinds of different things so I said, you know what, I need to do something,” Dr. Burnett told WHP-TV. “So, I stepped up.… [Students] say, ‘Coach Duke, if it had not been for you, I don’t know where I would be. And that kind of makes me -- it gives me tears, you know, sometimes I tear up.”

Boys and Girls Club of the Magic Valley Now Offering After-School Program for Teens, KMVT (Idaho)

Thanks to a new afterschool program, teenagers in Twin Falls, Idaho now have a place to go for homework assistance, games and group activities. Elev8 at the Boys and Girls Club of the Magic Valley even offers weekly field trips to local attractions, including bowling alleys and movie theatres. “Our mission here is to enable all young people to become caring and productive citizens when they get older, and that mission doesn’t stop when they turn 13, when they become a teenager,” Jake Brasil, the Elev8 teen director, told KMVT. “They still need support and that is what we are here to give them, give them a safe place to be and surround them with caring people.”

Austin After-School Program Teaches Kids to Code, Spectrum News (Texas)

Each day after school, elementary school students at the Austin Kids Can! program in Texas are learning valuable computer skills while working together to develop online games. “These are all fundamental skills that kids at an early age benefit from,” Donna Raskin, executive director and founder of Austin Kids Can!, told Spectrum News. In “the computer science and coding [class], they [learn] how to problem solve, a lot of math and reading involved and a lot of critical thinking.” The free afterschool program is funded through the Andy Roddick Foundation and is offered at three elementary schools.

Weekly Media Roundup: January 26, 2022

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

Weekly Media Roundup: December 15, 2021

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

Weekly Media Roundup: December 8, 2021

Weekly Media Roundup, December 8, 2021 Cleveland County Family YMCA Addresses Learning Loss, The Star (North Carolina) To help students catch up on reading skills amidst the pandemic, the Cleveland County Family YMCA in North Carolina is partnering with Learning Ovations, a community literacy...

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