Weekly Media Roundup: March 9, 2022


Weekly Media Roundup: March 9, 2022

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.

Weekly Media Roundup: May 10, 2023

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