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Weekly Media Roundup: November 8, 2023

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Weekly Media Roundup: November 8, 2023

National Grid, Boston Children’s Museum Launch Partnership To Bring Steam to Afterschool Programs Across Massachusetts: Lynn Selected To Pilot New Program, Lynn Journal (Massachusetts)

Thanks to a partnership with National Grid, Boston Children’s Museum will offer a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) professional development course for afterschool program educators in Massachusetts, focusing primarily on providers serving underrepresented communities. Participants will receive a personalized curriculum, hands-on activities, resources, and guidance as well as a stipend. “As we work to combat the climate crisis and advance the clean energy ecosystem in Massachusetts, a STEAM education is critical to developing innovative and creative leaders of tomorrow,” Melissa Lavinson, head of corporate affairs for National Grid New England, told the Lynn Journal. “We are committed to ensuring communities throughout the Commonwealth have access to these learning opportunities, and we are excited to see these programs come to life.” National Grid donated $500,000 to support this three-year program.

Local Nonprofits Partner to Provide Meals to Local Kids, News-Press Now (Missouri)

In response to teachers’ concerns about students struggling with food insecurity, the St. Joseph YMCA in Missouri is partnering with Community Missions to provide dinners to its afterschool program participants each afternoon. Community Missions is a non-profit organization providing housing to homeless men in St. Joseph and Buchanan County. “It’s a wonderful partnership, and I love that [Community Missions volunteers and residents] are taking pride in the meals,” St. Joseph YMCA CEO Tammy Killin told the News-Press NOW. “They’re delivering the meals, and the kids love them.”

Keep After-School Programs Alive Across Illinois, Chicago Sun-Times (Illinois)

Unless lawmakers act, as many as 42,000 students in Illinois could miss out on afterschool programs by next June due to a spending error by the Illinois State Board of Education. The Chicago Sun-Times editorial board is calling on the state legislature and the governor’s office to provide emergency supplemental funding to keep programs running. “Young people all across our state, especially in neighborhoods hard-hit by decades of disinvestment, deserve safe places and programs to keep them engaged and out of trouble,” the editorial board writes.

Baltimore Nonprofit Aims to Curb Youth Crime with Citywide After-School Programs, WYPR (Maryland)

To provide safe and engaging spaces for students and help address rising youth crime rates, 20 schools across Baltimore are providing afterschool programs to more than 650 students in partnership with Elev8 Baltimore, a nonprofit. The programs offer dinner, academic support and activities ranging from dance to drone technology to soccer. Elev8 works to provide students with leadership opportunities and the power to shape their afterschool programs. “When young people don't have opportunities that are engaging, they're going to vote with their feet, and they're going to be on the street,” Elev8 Executive Director Alexandria Warrick Adams told WYPR. “[Students] come to us around things that they want to do and things they want to learn to use their voice to advocate for.”

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