Weekly Media Roundup: March 23, 2022


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.

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D.O.V.E.S Afterschool Program Builds Self-Esteem, Confidence in Local Elementary Students, WMDT (Maryland) At the D.O.V.E.S. (Daughters of Value, Excellence and Success) afterschool program in Salisbury, Maryland, young girls are empowered to be themselves and support one another and others in...

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/03/23

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