Weekly Media Roundup: April 12, 2023


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 of students during the pandemic. But the federal COVID relief funding will expire in September 2024, and programs are faced with finding new funding streams to sustain their programs. Nikki Gillani of ACT Now Illinois acknowledges the importance of community-based partnerships to maintain successful, long-term programming. “Partnering is really the most sustainable way of moving forward because you’re not losing those opportunities once ESSER funding runs out. That organization will still be there and those opportunities will still be there,” Gillani told Education Week. Programs also plan to explore other potential funding opportunities through various federal and state education agencies, and advocates are calling on local, state and federal leaders to expand funding for afterschool.

Career and Technical Education Needs a Mental Health Revolution, Chalkbeat

Recognizing the need to offer a comprehensive high school afterschool program, occupational therapist Michele Morgan launched the Scratch the Surface program six years ago with Warren Woods Public Schools in Warren, Michigan. The afterschool program offers vocational training and art programming designed to build crucial social and emotional learning skills for at-risk students. In a recent guest column in Chalkbeat, Morgan writes: “Through the power of mindfulness, my students have learned to process their feelings in a constructive way at school. This has allowed them to refocus on developing job skills and preparing for career success.”

Can After-School Programs Help Children Recover From the Pandemic?, EdSurge

Free mental health counseling at After School Matters in Chicago and youth public speaking competitions at Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit are just two of the innovative ways afterschool programs across the country are helping students re-engage and recover from the pandemic. Afterschool programs provide “an opportunity to have healthy relationships with peers and caring adults and mentors. And so much of that was lost during the pandemic, as well as the academic piece,” Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant told EdSurge. But research shows unmet demand for afterschool has soared. In response, the U.S. Department of Education launched the Engage Every Student Initiative to encourage school districts and states to partner with community-based organizations and invest funds from the American Rescue Plan in afterschool.

How a Lack of After-School Care Defined a Single Father’s Life, Voice of San Diego (California)

Jared Goossens spent a year on a waitlist trying to secure a spot in an afterschool program for his 7-year-old. Without after school care, he lost his job in construction, had to turn down a job offer from the United States Postal Service, and struggled to make ends meet by delivering food part-time. Finally, an increase in state funding enabled his son’s school district to significantly expand the number of slots available at the PrimeTime afterschool program. “It wasn’t just Jared, that got off the waiting list, it was nearly 1,500 kids who now have access,” San Diego Unified School Board Vice President Shana Hazan told Voice of San Diego. “This reflects this systematic prioritization of providing high-quality after-school programming to all our kids who need it, and we’re continuing to do more and more of it.” Goossens told Voice of San Diego his son loves his new program. Goossens himself has accepted a job working in construction, but he feels more investment is needed to ensure others don’t face the challenges he did.

Weekly Media Roundup: October 25, 2023

Iberville Coalition Launches Baton Rouge Youth Coalition Satellite Campus, Plaquemine Post South (Louisiana) In September, the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC) partnered with Dow Louisiana, the Iberville Parish School Board (IPSB), and the YMCA to open its first satellite campus at the Dow...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/25/23

Weekly Media Roundup: October 18, 2023

Participation in Boston Summer Learning Programs Reached All-Time High This Year, WBUR (Massachusetts) This past summer, nearly one in four Boston youths between the ages of five and 14 participated in the city’s educational summer programs and many of the programs were provided at no...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/18/23

Weekly Media Roundup: October 11, 2023

Monte Vista Gets AT&T Support for After-School Learning Lab, Alamosa Citizen (Colorado) Thanks to a $35,000 AT&T Foundation grant, the Monte Vista Kids Connection afterschool program in San Luis Valley, Colorado is purchasing much needed laptops and software for students attending the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/11/23

Weekly Media Roundup: October 4, 2023

N.Y. Afterschool Programs Work to Support Academic, Emotional Needs, Spectrum News 1 (New York) Afterschool programs across New York State are helping students catch up on academics while addressing their emotional needs. Rural communities tend to have fewer after school options because many are...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/04/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 27, 2023

After-School Program Helping Kids ‘Kick’ Off Their Future, WKBN-TV (Ohio) The Concept Young Scholars Program at the Horizon Science Academy in Youngstown, Ohio, which helps students with homework and focuses on building confidence, advancing volunteerism, and overcoming academic...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/27/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 20, 2023

Boys & Girls Club Wausau Offering After School Programs to Prepare Students for Future, WSAW-TV (Wisconsin) Career exploration and workforce development is a major focus of the Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area’s afterschool program in Wisconsin. Students can apply and interview...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/20/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 13, 2023

Afterschool Program Helps Madison Students Breathe for Change, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin) At the Meadowood Neighborhood Center’s afterschool program in Madison, Wisconsin, students learn to reduce stress by controlling their breathing, practicing yoga, reading books to therapy...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/13/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 6, 2023

Skateboarding, Cooking, Ceramics: After School Programs at Monterey Trail Help Students Find Hobbies, CBS Sacramento (California) At the ASSETs (After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens) program at Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove, California, more than 200 teens access tutoring...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/06/23

Weekly Media Roundup: August 30, 2023

Oldest Home in Spartanburg Gets $200K for Transformation in an After-School Program, WSPA (South Carolina) Built in the late 1700s, the Seay House in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is undergoing a major renovation this fall and will reopen as the Brown Girls Read afterschool program early next...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/30/23

Weekly Media Roundup: August 16, 2023

4-H Can Help Find That Spark, Richmond Register (Kentucky) “In a world full of talents, interests and qualities, everyone has a unique inner fire that gives them joy, purpose, and direction. 4-H calls these ‘sparks,’ representing passion, energy and self-identity, not just...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/16/23