LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
'We're fortunate': Clyde Erwin Elementary Lands Funding for Arts, Educational Support, Jacksonville Daily News (North Carolina)
Thanks to a $400,000 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, the Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School in Jacksonville, North Carolina will be able to expand its current afterschool programming to include music, arts, theater and family outings to college sporting events. “[The afterschool program] has to really be a whole program encompassing learning gaps with children, so our vision is to teach the whole child with this program and to include support for families,” Principal Dr. Crystal Howard told the Jacksonville Daily News. The afterschool program plans to work collaboratively with the New River YMCA as well as local ballet programs, performing arts centers and family development centers.
How this After-School Program Achieved a High Vaccination Rate in a Black Neighborhood Where Most Young Adults Are Unvaccinated, Washington Post (District of Columbia)
Mary Brown, founder of Life Pieces to Masterpieces afterschool program, was determined to get as many of her employees and students vaccinated as possible. “These kids have been through hell,” Brown told the Washington Post. “I am not letting anyone near these children who is not vaccinated.” She enlisted a Black scientist who volunteers at the program to educate staff and families on the importance of vaccinations and now all employees and volunteers are vaccinated and 60% of participating families are also vaccinated. The Life Pieces to Masterpieces afterschool program offers students educational support and enrichment through the arts as a pathway out of poverty.
Hillcrest YMCA Offers Free After-School Teen Café for South Euclid-Lyndhurst Middle Schoolers, Cleveland.com (Ohio)
This fall, middle schoolers in Lyndhurst, Ohio will benefit from a new Teen Café afterschool program, where they can get help with homework, talk about issues they are facing at school or in their community, and explore interests such as cooking, yoga, chess, and fitness training. “Out of School Time programs are essential to helping youth develop positive skills and provide a safe environment for learning and thriving,” South Euclid Community Services Director Keith Benjamin told Cleveland.com. “The launch of the Teen Café program adds another option for youth learning, recreation and engagement in South Euclid and joins other youth programs offered by the city and our non-profit and faith-based community partners.”
ACE Comes to PI-ISD: After School Program to Provide Extra Instruction, Activities, Port Isabel Press (Texas)
Students in the new Afterschool Centers for Education (ACE) program at Port Isabel Independent School District in Port Isabel, Texas will take part in a wide of variety activities including coding, folklorico dance, soccer, drone flying, book clubs, photography and more. The program will help students succeed in school and in life with financial literacy courses, tutoring, and ACT/SAT prep. Arleen Marin, the program’s new director, told the Port Isabel Press, “Right away … I connected with the people here. I come from a big district, so this is a little different for me. But it feels so homey.”
Gwinnett Celebrating Importance of Afterschool Programs, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)
On October 28, Gwinnett County, Georgia, will celebrate Lights...
Non-profit Looks to Bring Hope to Chadbourn Youth, WWAY-TV (North Carolina)
A new afterschool program in Chadbourn, North Carolina will focus on mentorship, athletics, academics, and character...
Children of the Valley Program Expanding to Burlington, Sedro-Woolley, GoSkagit.com (Washington)
At the onset of the pandemic, the Mount Vernon School District in Washington state reached out to...
Staying Active: McAllen Club Navigating COVID Fears, Funding Cuts, The Monitor (Texas)
With strong community support, the Boys and Girls Club of McAllen, Texas has been able to keep its...
'Too young to do nothing,' Grandma's House Founder is Tulare's Woman of the Year, Visalia Times Delta (California)
When Flora Johnson retired as an elementary school principal...
Girls Inc. Kicks Off its After School Program for Girls, Messenger-Inquirer (Kentucky)
The Girls Inc. program in Owensboro, Kentucky resumed its After School Academy last week, during which...
Community Stepped Up When the Going Got Tough, Sandusky Register (Ohio)
When the pandemic hit, the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio immediately got to work to ensure students’ academic, physical and emotional needs were met. The Club partnered with Sandusky City Schools to...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/24/21
Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Unified School District Present Encore of BRAVO! Program, Noozhawk (California)
Through an ongoing collaboration with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) has continued to provide a free afterschool program to...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/17/21
A New Mural Was Created By Children And Artist At Reddick Elementary School In Wimauma, Osprey Observer (Florida)
Students from migrant families in the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida spent four weeks creating a mural promoting kindness at a nearby...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/10/21
Thousands of Dallas Children Are in Need of After-School Care, Survey Finds, The Dallas Morning News (Texas)
The America After 3PM survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance found that more than 101,000 children in Dallas, Texas aren’t in afterschool programs, but would be if a...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/03/21
MSCR Cares Program at Henderson Elementary Supports Students Indoors and Out, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin)
At Madison School and Community Recreation Cares sites in Madison, Wisconsin, about 650 elementary students spend their mornings doing remote learning with the support of trained...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/27/21
More Than Just an Afterschool Program: Española Nonprofit Plans for Expansion, KRQE (New Mexico)
Thanks to a $100,000 matching grant from the Thoma Art Foundation, Moving Arts Española will soon open a teen center where middle and high school students can access career...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/19/21
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
Girls Inc. Takes Creative Approach to Programming During COVID-19, The Daily Times (Tennessee)
At the in-person and virtual afterschool programs run by Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, about 200 girls explore engineering, science, and agriculture, reflect on song lyrics, journal, learn about...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/06/21
Lack Of Afterschool Program Access In Indiana Could Impact Education, Economic Recovery, WBAA (Georgia)
A recent household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance, America After 3PM, found that more than 400,000 children in Indiana cannot access the afterschool programs they need....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/23/20
Column: Hawaii Behind on Afterschool Programs, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Hawaii)
Although data from the household survey America After 3 PM showed Hawaii was a national leader in afterschool participation in 2009, the 2020 America After 3 PM report shows unmet demand for afterschool has...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/16/20
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