LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Afterschool Programs in N.Y. Need Sustainable Funding, Times Union (New York)
New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s proposal to match $100 million in stimulus spending on out-of-school time programming is a short-term solution that does not adequately meet the needs of afterschool programs or the families who rely on them, Police Athletic League Director of Community Engagement and Afterschool Ambassador Marcel Braithwaite wrote in a recent column for the Times Union. For every child in an afterschool program in New York, four more are waiting for a spot, and long-term funding for afterschool is needed so all students can access high-quality programs. “Throughout the pandemic, afterschool programs have been critical partners for schools and parents, quick to adapt and maintain meaningful connections for youth and their families. This budget fails to acknowledge that afterschool is a key partner in building a stronger, inclusive support system that kids and families need to thrive,” Braithwaite wrote.
Woman Expands After-School Program to Help Needs of Columbus Students, Spectrum News 1 (Ohio)
DeAndra Harrison founded the Actions That Matter 4 Youth afterschool program to help students at Woodward Park Middle School in Columbus, Ohio stay engaged, explore their interests and succeed in their classes. When she realized more students needed help than she was able to serve after school, she created the Saturdays with the Community program to offer free tutoring each Saturday morning in March. “All [students] really need is for someone to say, ‘I believe in you, I believe you can get this work done. Here, sit next to me let’s get it done,’” Harrison told Spectrum News 1.
Addison Youth Center Receives a Grant to Launch STEM Program with The Science and Discovery Center, WETM (New York)
Thanks to a Terra Science and Education grant, the Addison Youth Center in Addison, New York is expanding its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming to include twice-weekly visits from staff from the Discovery and Science Center. “We’re taking from what they’re learning in school and doing more hands-on [activities] in our afterschool drop-in center,” Charlette Smith, a grant writer with Addison Youth Center, told WETM.
Jackson School Staff, Community Craft After-School Programs, Pinedale Roundup (Wyoming)
At the new Recreation, Academics and Dinner (RAD) afterschool program in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, students are planting flower beds, receiving homework help and enjoying family-style dinners after school. “We’re really trying to find that balance of providing structure and providing that place to... expand friendships and meet new people,” Ben Brettell, co-creator of RAD, told the Pinedale Roundup. “We’re providing social interactions that a lot of us were missing.” The free afterschool program receives federal funding through the American Rescue Plan.
When the End of School Means the Beginning of Summer Learning Loss … and What This Local Nonprofit is Doing About it, Brooklyn Reader (New York)
For six weeks this summer, more than 100...
Spanish American Center Gets United Way Grants for After-School Programs, Leominster Champion (Massachusetts)
Continuing its ongoing support of afterschool programs, the United Way of North...
After-School Programs Band Together to Build Bots, Shoshone News-Press (Idaho)
The Pinehurst Elementary After-School Solution program and the Kellogg Middle School WISE afterschool program joined...
YMCA’s “Find My Genius” Now an After-School Program, Citizens Journal (California)
With a grant from California’s Expanded Learning Opportunities Program, the Southeast...
Beatrice After School Program Granted Another Five Years, Beatrice Daily Sun (Nebraska)
At the Beatrice Learning After School Time (BLAST) program in Beatrice, Nebraska, more than 170 students...
Clark, Champaign Organizations Awarded Grants for Student Academic Needs, Well-Being, Springfield News-Sun (Ohio)
Thanks to a $2.1 million Summer Learning and Afterschool Opportunities grant from...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
'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
‘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
YMCA gives kids ‘a dose of normal,’ Martha’s Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
To help students overcome isolation and disconnection, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is providing in-person programming for students each afternoon. The program provides enrichment activities and...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/13/21
L.A. School District Plans Star-Studded Summer Learning for Students — with James Cameron Teaching ‘Titanic’ and a Book Group with Alicia Keys and Others, The Washington Post
This summer, students in Los Angeles will learn to draw and animate from the studio behind...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/27/20
Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Program Makes House Calls, Augusta Free Press (Virginia)
On Monday, the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Adventure Club in Augusta County, Virginia delivered care packages to students. They included handwritten notes, sidewalk chalk, and materials...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/06/20