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Weekly Media Roundup: April 18, 2018

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Weekly Media Roundup: April 18, 2018

After-School Programs Empower Kids, but Need Exceeds Funding (Yakima Herald, Washington)

Students in Washington State’s various out-of-school time programs have the chance to explore possible careers, develop positive relationships with adults and mentors and avoid getting into trouble in the afterschool hours. However, a significant portion of students in the state don’t have access to these programs. That’s why Afterschool Alliance Youth Ambassador Marisol Romero is coming to Washington, D.C. this week for the Afterschool for All Challenge – she hopes to impart on her legislators the value of federally-funded afterschool programs. “I feel like it’s improved me, helped me become a better person,” she told the Yakima Herald about her afterschool program. “Through the years of coming, I’ve come out of my shell.”

St. Paul’s Underfunded After-School Programs Raise Equity Questions (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota)

Afterschool programs have huge benefits for youths in St. Paul, but those benefits are not equally available to children across racial lines, according to the Star Tribune. A Minnesota Student Survey found that 70 percent of high-income white youths participated in afterschool activities three times a week, compared to 61 percent of youths of color at the same income level. “In St. Paul, there are many racial disparities that affect our community, including disparities around education,” said Erik Skold, director of public-private partnership Sprockets. “And gaps in afterschool access only exacerbate those disparities.”

Fishers Teen Raises Thousands to Help Feed Hungry Students (Indianapolis Star, Indiana)

The Patachou Foundation’s Kitchens with a Mission program prepares thousands of meals for students in afterschool and summer programs each week. The program’s 15 ambassadors also hold healthy cooking and nutrition classes for youths in some of Indianapolis’ food deserts. While most of the ambassadors are adults, 14-year-old Madelyn Filer has taken the lead in fundraising for the project, raising more than $7,000 for the meal program at IPS 54. “I never really thought kids could go to bed hungry,” Filer told the Indianapolis Star. “This foundation really opened my eyes to what some kids are going through. I love that (it) works hard to create connections with the students while also teaching them about healthy eating habits.”

Newport News Students to Show Off Musical Skills at Kennedy Center (Newport News Daily Press, Virginia)

A dozen students from a Newport News afterschool music program traveled all the way to Washington, D.C. on Monday for a special performance at the Kennedy Center. The students, who are part of the Soundscapes program at Carver Elementary School, joined youths from across the country to perform at the 2018 Kennedy Center Arts Summit. “The aim is to serve children that may otherwise not have the opportunity to play music,” program manager Joe Hamm told the Newport News Daily Press. “The goals are social, they’re not musical, although we have the highest musical standard that we can possibly have.” Soundscapes provides music lessons to students who may not have access to instruments or instruction at home.

Weekly Media Roundup: June 10, 2020

Total Trek Quest Announces New Virtual Summer Program, ABC 13 (Michigan) Total Trek Quest engages boys in third through fifth grades in Grand Rapids, Michigan with afterschool programming focused on goal setting, social-emotional learning, physical activity and health education. This summer,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/10/20

Weekly Media Roundup: June 3, 2020

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Youth Stay Active With Virtual Services, Encinitas Advocate (California) While in-person programming is suspended due to the pandemic, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sandieguito in California is offering tutoring, music classes and sports practice to keep...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/03/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 27, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: May 20, 2020

Burlington Provides Care at School — or at Home — for Essential Workers' Kids, Seven Days (Vermont) Afterschool staff and paraeducators are providing a safe, enriching learning environment for children of essential workers in Burlington, Vermont while schools and afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/20/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 13, 2020

OCCA Develops “Art Kits” For 21st Century After School Program, The News Guard (Oregon) This school year, the Sam Case Elementary 21st Century Afterschool Program in Newport, Oregon partnered with the Oregon Coast Council of the Arts (OCCA) to facilitate four-week art classes for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/13/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 6, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: April 29, 2020

YMCA to Finish '7 Habits of Happy Kids' Series Via Video, The Sentinel-Record (Arkansas) This year, the Hot Springs Family YMCA Successful Children Out-of-School Recreation and Education (S.C.O.R.E.) afterschool program in Arkansas has facilitated a social-emotional learning series...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/29/20

Weekly Media Roundup: April 15, 2020

After School Program Adjusting to Help Kids When There’s No School, QuadCities.com (Iowa) While in-person programming is suspended due to coronavirus, the Spring Forward afterschool program in the Quad Cities region of Iowa has launched Spring Forward At Home. Through a partnership with...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/15/20

Views from VISTAs: Updates from March 2020

Photo by Pragyan Bezbaruah, courtesy of Picnoi. AmeriCorps’ Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) work to alleviate poverty by providing indirect service to their communities. Our afterschool VISTAs and the work they do are essential to the expansion of afterschool access for the...

BY: Marisa Paipongna      04/13/20

Weekly Media Roundup, April 8, 2020

With Coronavirus Shuttering Its After-School Program, South Reading Youth Initiative Sends Help to Students' Homes, Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania) At the South Reading Youth Initiative afterschool program in Reading, Pennsylvania, about 100 first and second grade school students receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/08/20