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Weekly Media Roundup: March 23, 2022

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Weekly Media Roundup: March 23, 2022

From Painting to Soccer to 3-D Modeling, After-School Programs a 'Big Hit' with Students, Herald News (Massachusetts)

While some students at Westport, Massachusetts’ Start ‘Em Young afterschool program are busy playing soccer, volleyball, and running track, others are participating in theater, video game design classes, and time management programs. “Social emotional (learning) has been difficult for kids at the younger grades to take part in much other than regular school activities,” Mike Fernandes, a coordinator at Start ‘Em Young, told the Herald News. “The school community and the school spirit — it is such an integral part of kids’ success at school. A lot of memories are things that happen outside of the classroom.”  Thanks to additional funding through the Elementary and Secondary School Early Relief Fund, the afterschool program is able to offer students academic support as well as a wide variety of engaging activities for free during the afterschool hours.

Ignite Yoga, Schools Partner for Mindfulness, West Valley View (Arizona)

At the Spark Adventure After School Program in West Valley, Arizona, students of all ages are learning the techniques and appreciating the benefits of yoga. Program leaders report improvements in elementary through high school students’ grades and their ability to focus and deal with conflict. “Bringing the program to schools for free makes the benefits of yoga and mindfulness accessible to so many students who might otherwise do without,” Mandi Lutha, headmaster of the program, told West Valley View. “Providing this program after school gives students something positive to look forward to in this uncertain world that they are navigating. Yoga and mindfulness give them the tools to face challenges with positivity and resilience.”

Understaffing Leaves After-School Programs with Unmet Demand, The Associated Press

Across the country, many afterschool programs are struggling to hire enough to staff, forcing them to reduce enrollment. “We came into the pandemic with tremendous unmet demand for after-school and summer programs and of course, like almost every other challenge out there, the pandemic only made that challenge worse,” Afterschool Alliance Vice President Jen Rinehart told the Associated Press. “There’s no doubt really that these after-school programs — the lack of after-school programs at this stage — are limiting women in particular being able to reenter the workforce.” A survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance found that about 7 out of 10 programs have taken action to increase hiring and retain staff, including raising salaries and providing new benefits.

GCHS Students Take Hands-On Approach to STEM with the Teen Science Café, The Gadsden Times (Alabama)

The Gadsden City High School 21st Century Community Learning Centers program in Alabama was one of nine afterschool programs selected for the Teen Science Café Rural Fellowship Program this year. Through the program, local scientists, doctors, and other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals visit the high school to facilitate hands-on, interactive STEM activities. For example, Dr. William Haller, an orthopedist, recently visited the program to demonstrate three simulated surgical procedures. “We want to inspire youth to explore STEM careers and positively influence teens’ understanding of science issues in the news. We also want them to have the ability to use facts to support scientific points of view, and consider multiple sides of an issue before making a decision,” Administrative Assistant Janie Browning told the Gadsden Times.

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