Weekly Media Roundup: April 19, 2023


Weekly Media Roundup: April 19, 2023

After-School Program and City Officials Celebrate Arbor Day, Cumberland Times-News (Maryland)

In honor of Arbor Day, elementary school students from Allegany County Public Schools’ afterschool programs participated in a tree planting ceremony at Gene Mason Sports Complex in Cumberland, Maryland. During the ceremony, the afterschool program presented awards to partnering organizations and volunteers for their support. Bill Seddon, a biology professor at Frostburg State University, was honored for his ten years of promoting environmental education and sustainability with afterschool participants. "We host field trips (and) do science activities. It's exciting stuff. It's science,” Seddon told the Cumberland Times-News.

After-School Programs for Homeless NYC Youth Push to Make a Difference, ABC News

At the Keys to Abundant Life afterschool program in New York City, students who are experiencing homelessness take part in activities in the arts, college preparation, cooking, financial planning and more. The Coalition for the Homeless also provides a safe and fun place for unhoused students after school, including many immigrant students who they help gain confidence in English. Experts say afterschool programs have a key role to play in helping students living in shelters succeed in school and pursue their dreams. “It's really important for us to make sure that our students are in a safe, supportive environment and in a particular setting where they can come together as students, share their experiences and learn and grow together,” Bak Harris, a director of regional support for New York City's Department of Education, told ABC News.

Epps Christian Center Expands Youth Mentoring with $250K Escambia Children's Trust Grant, Pensacola News Journal (Florida)

Thanks to a $254,800 grant from the Escambia Children Trust, the Epps Christian Center in Pensacola, Florida, is expanding its Steps to Success afterschool and summer program to include elementary school students. The program currently provides enrichment activities, life skills lessons and a mentoring program to local middle and high school students. LaQuette Cobb, a teacher at the program, leads a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities that incorporate the importance of community engagement. “The program lends itself to being able to teach the kids to give back,” Cobb told the Pensacola News Journal. “Not only being a part of a team, but how it works. Being a part of your community, what can you do better, even at 9 or 10 years old, and to me that’s very important.”

Jeremy Renner Turns Tour Bus into Music Studio for Chicago After-School Program, ABC 7 (Illinois)

On an episode of his new docuseries “Rennervations,” actor Jeremy Renner rebuilds a tour bus to function as a mobile music studio with recording equipment and delivers it to the BASE Chicago afterschool program alongside actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens. “BASE Chicago, we are an after-school program on the west side of Chicago, with a strong emphasis on athletics as well as academics,” Director of Operations Frank Brim told ABC 7. “We have like 300 kids in our program right now just trying to do phenomenal things.” Program leaders say the new music studio has given students a positive creative outlet, and they hope the show inspires viewers to support afterschool programs in their own communities.

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