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Weekly Media Roundup: November 15, 2023

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Weekly Media Roundup: November 15, 2023

Opinion: Students Aren’t Spending Enough Time Learning. Here’s How We Can Improve Outcomes., The San Diego Union-Tribune (California)

In a recent guest column in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Courtney Baltiyskyy and Aleah Rosario share how California’s recent $4 billion investment in out-of-school time programs is already making a difference at the YMCA of San Diego County, where Baltiyskyy is vice president of policy & advocacy. Since the funding increase, the program has raised wages for more than 700 staff and is now able to provide 4,000 more students with high-quality afterschool programming. “These experiences that connect learning about conservation, creative arts, career opportunities and more are supporting positive mental health, enthusiasm for learning and importantly show students that no matter their ZIP code, they are worthy of an amazing educational opportunity,” Baltiyskyy and Rosario write.

Over 80% of Public Schools Offered Summer Programs in 2023, K-12 Dive

Last summer, 78 percent of U.S. public schools offered academically focused summer programs and nearly a third of them used Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funding to support these programs, finds a recent U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report. The report also finds 87 percent of public schools currently offer some form of afterschool programming. “The new data tell an important story about the additional opportunities available to help students beyond the school day, especially at a time when academic recovery from the pandemic remains a top concern,” NCES Commissioner Peggy Carr said. Education leaders caution that many schools will not be able to offer summer programs once the COVID federal aid ends in the fall of 2024.

Full Circle: The Unsung Heroes Behind the Scenes Keeping Kids Out of Trouble, ABC Action News (Florida)

To address the alarming rate of juvenile crime, the Tampa Police Athletic League Boxing program in Florida provides students a safe place to exercise but more importantly build relationships with adult mentors who follow the afterschool program’s core values of commitment, honor, integrity, and courage. “We get a lot of kids that have domestic and family issues at home. And they just come here to seek normalcy in their life,” Master Police Officer Julius Cannon told ABC Action News. “And so we get a mixture of kids, we get the kids who want to participate in boxing and be athletic, and then we get the kids who just need to get away and be mentored… I like to feel like I’ve at least helped out a small percentage of cases. And for me, that’s the biggest achievement of my career.”

Community Helps After-School Science Lab Gather Steam, The Reflector (North Carolina)

Last week, on National STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) Day, the Building Hope Community Life Center’s afterschool program in Greenville, North Carolina opened a new STEAM lab with microscopes, computers, chemistry equipment, a Van De Graaff generator and more. Dozens of education, government and business leaders attended the event to celebrate the afterschool program’s impact and highlight the importance of increasing students’ access to hands-on STEAM activities. “The STEM field is rapidly changing with new opportunities that we could not have even imagined five, 10, 15 years ago,” U.S. Rep. Greg Murphy told attendees via video “So it’s very exciting to see the work that Building Hope has embarked upon to engage future young talent.”

Weekly Media Roundup: April 17, 2024

The CARE Center Collecting Snacks, Books for Upcoming Summer Learning Program, WHNT (Alabama) In preparation for its summer learning program, the CARE Center in Huntsville, Alabama is hosting a food and book drive so each of the 300 students participating in its summer program will receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/17/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 10, 2024

Detroit Kids Dance Through School Work at After-School Program, CBS News Detroit (Michigan) At the Let’s Dance afterschool program at Detroit’s Dufree Innovation Society, students work with teaching artists on dance routines with academic concepts built in. Afterward, the same...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/11/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 3, 2024

At IPS School 43, Teaching Kids to Read is a Community Effort, WISH-TV (Indiana) At the Martin Luther King Community Center’s afterschool program in Indianapolis, Indiana, elementary school students are paired with mentors who encourage them to read through a variety of engaging...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/03/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 27, 2024

The Opp Helps Mr. Calloway’s Students Thrive, Tulsa Kids (Oklahoma) Thanks to support from The Opportunity Project, students at the Culinary Arts afterschool program at East Central Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma are practicing cooking techniques while also learning about budgeting and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/27/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 20, 2024

Matthew McConaughey and ASU Are Helping an Arizona School District. Here's How, Arizona Republic (Arizona) Matthew McConaughey and Arizona State University (ASU) have teamed up to help a Phoenix-area school district apply for federal afterschool funding included in the Bipartisan Safer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/20/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 13, 2024

English Learners Stopped Coming to Class During the Pandemic. One Group is Tackling the Problem By Helping Their Parents, Hechinger Report In North Carolina, nearly one third of English language learning students were chronically absent last year, a rate significantly higher than the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/13/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 6, 2024

Charlotte Afterschool Program Aims to Break Cycle of Youth Crime and Violence, WBTV (North Carolina) In response to the 33 percent rise in juvenile gun violence in Charlotte, North Carolina, county leaders presented The Way Forward plan to city council members this week. The plan includes...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/06/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 28, 2024

Program Designed to Boost Reading Rates in NW Tallahassee is Reaching More Students, WTXL (Florida) At Springwood Elementary School’s afterschool program in Tallahassee, Florida, students are paired with volunteers from United Way’s ReadingPals program, working together to improve...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/28/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 21, 2024

Missoula After-School Program for BIPOC Youth Creating Next Generation of Leaders, KTVQ-TV (Montana) At the Association for BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) Youth afterschool program in Missoula, Montana, students of color build community, take part in mindfulness activities, and develop...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/21/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 14, 2024

Viewpoint: Invest in Out-of-School Programs to Help Solve State’s Educational Challenges, South Bend Tribune (Indiana) Indiana lawmakers are considering continuing the state’s pandemic-era investments in out-of-school time learning, including afterschool and summer learning programs....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/14/24