LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Helping Kids Cope with Changes Through Storytelling, KGUN 9 (Arizona)
At the Literacy Connects afterschool program in Tucson, Arizona, middle schoolers brainstorm ideas for skits, write their own original scripts, and work together to rehearse and film the scenes. Literacy Connects has offered virtual programming this year to keep students engaged, help them cope with stress, and develop their skills in writing, speaking, teamwork and more. “We hope to give them these skills that will help them with their future because it can definitely help in the workplace,” Youth Center Site Coordinator Alyssa Ruiz told KGUN 9. “We want to make sure they're not out there, you know, getting into trouble. So, if there's a space here where they can hang out and also learn some good skills, I think it could do well for their future.”
Invest in Out-of-School Time to Revive RI Economy, The Providence Journal (Rhode Island)
In a guest column for the Providence Journal, Rhode Island College Youth Development Program faculty members Corinne McKamey and Victoria Restler outline the many reasons investing in out-of-school time (OST) programs is essential to recovering from the pandemic. They note that OST programs provide students with crucial social and emotional support and help them succeed in school, and that OST benefits families and the economy by helping parents work. “Our young people — and especially working-class youth of color — have been navigating immense financial, educational, emotional and health challenges. Out-of-school time programming can be a bridge toward healing and growth for youth, families and our state,” McKamey and Restler wrote.
Local Resources Help Students Get Back On Track After Falling Behind Academically Due to the Pandemic, KPRC (Texas)
For the past year, the Hester House afterschool program in Houston, Texas has continued to provide virtual academic help as well as enrichment activities for all of its students. “We’ve definitely seen a big increase in parents needing help,” Andrea Sankey, Hester House’s development director, told KPRC. “We have a vested interest in making sure that our students succeed and that they aren’t just supported academically but are able to support students and families holistically as well.” In addition to tutoring, students can take part in chess, music and virtual yoga.
A Heartfelt Thank You, Mountain Democrat (California)
In a letter to the editor in the Mountain Democrat, Placerville Union School District Superintendent Eric Bonniksen highlighted the many nonprofits, government agencies and community leaders that have stepped up to meet the needs of students in Placerville, California during this unprecedented school year. Bonniksen expressed gratitude for the efforts of the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County and the El Dorado County Office of Education to support students through out-of-school time programming. “Your willingness to open your doors while still complying with state safety guidance allowed students to succeed. We know that those decisions were not easy but we have never been more appreciative of the partnership we have,” Bonniksen wrote.
Moscow School District’s Adventure Club Returns with Adjustments Aimed at Keeping COVID-19 at Bay, Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Idaho)
This summer, students in Moscow, Idaho will benefit from...
American Rescue Plan Gives Out-of-school Time Programs Big Role in Pandemic Recovery, Youth Today
The American Rescue Plan includes historic funding for afterschool and summer learning programs,...
Helping Kids Cope with Changes Through Storytelling, KGUN 9 (Arizona)
At the Literacy Connects afterschool program in Tucson, Arizona, middle schoolers brainstorm ideas for skits, write their own...
Greater New Orleans, Baton Rouge Boys & Girls Clubs Merge into Regional Chapter to Increase Reach, The Advocate (Louisiana)
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge and the Boys &...
A Space of their Own: North Hampton Flips Vacant Store into Rec Center, Seacoast Online (New Hampshire)
In December, the North Hampton Parks and Recreation Department in New Hampshire officially...
San Antonio Sports launches virtual sports-at-home program for children, CW 35 (Texas)
San Antonio Sports has expanded its afterschool offerings to include a free virtual program called “I...
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