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Weekly Media Roundup: March 30, 2022

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Weekly Media Roundup: March 30, 2022

This Louisville Nonprofit Focuses on Emotional Growth, Mentorship for Local Youth, Spectrum News 1 (Kentucky)

At the Sowing Seeds with Faith afterschool program in Louisville, Kentucky, students are encouraged to express themselves through art, dance and music while forming strong relationships with their University of Louisville student mentors. “I want them to know they have many ways to express themselves in times of need, and times of excitement, and times of joy, and in times of hurt,” Founder Da’Marrion Fleming told Spectrum News 1. In addition to its afterschool program, Sowing Seeds with Faith also sponsors weekend events and summer camps.

At Acushnet Elementary School, Yoga Takes Youngsters Down a Notch, South Coast Today (Massachusetts)

After nearly 20 years without an afterschool program, Acushnet Elementary School in Acushnet, Massachusetts is providing an enriching afterschool program that includes yoga, science and gardening, thanks to financial support from the Elementary and Secondary School Early Relief Fund. Approximately half of the school’s students attend the popular afterschool program. “This has been teacher-led and our staff are strong advocates for promoting these activities as they know it's a great thing for kids,” Acushnet Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Paula Bailey told South Coast Today. “Teachers have been happy to have fun after school with a variety of students and showcase their skills that aren't necessarily showcased in everyday teaching. The climate has been amazing.”

Cool Schools: Program Allows Students of Color to Get a Jump Start in STEM Careers, 9 News (Colorado)

In the Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers and Scientists’ (CABPES) Junior Engineers, Tomorrow’s Scientists (J.E.T.S) afterschool program, minority students in fifth through 12th grade take part in hands-on lessons with professionals in civil engineering, robotics, aerospace engineering, architecture and more. The program aims to help students of color, who are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, explore and prepare for careers in STEM. “What better way to get these kids interested in STEM than bringing them into an after-school program like CABPES, so that they can work with and learn from professionals of color that look like them, that have gone through some of the same things they’ve gone through and live in the communities that they live in,” President and Executive Director Dewey Brigham Jr., Ph. D., told 9 News.

Whitehall YMCA Program for Middle School Students First of its Kind in Greater Columbus, The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)

At the start of each week, students in the Whitehall Community Park YMCA afterschool program take part in “Mindful Monday” activities, such as working in teams to give group presentations on a topic of their choosing. The program offers a wide variety of activities to help students discover their interests and develop leadership skills, including video production, guitar, robotics, and more. Families pay just $10 each semester thanks to funding from the city of Columbus. “The city funds it because it’s a really big priority for us,” Whitehall Parks and Recreation Department Director Shannon Sorrell told the Columbus Dispatch. “There was this recurring message from our community — that our kids needed something to do.”

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