Weekly Media Roundup: April 26, 2023


Weekly Media Roundup: April 26, 2023

Local After School Care Program Aims to Help Kids Regain Knowledge Lost Due to COVID, KFDA (Texas)

At the Bear Paws afterschool program in Amarillo, Texas, middle school students are participating in engaging activities to tackle learning loss from the pandemic. “We’re trying to approach it from all different angles to help those students fill in those academic gaps that were missed during the COVID years,” Darlene Martin, the director of Bear Paws, told KFDA. The program provides daily meals to the students and invites community leaders to come to the program and share their talents.

Afterschool Boys & Girls Club Program Targeting Substance Abuse Coming to Hanford Next Fall, The Sentinel (California)

This fall, the Boys & Girls Club of Hanford, California will open an afterschool program for middle and high school students focusing on drug prevention and incorporating a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities. “We’re going to give them hands-on experience using cutting-edge technology,” Hanford Parks and Community Services Director Brad Albert told The Sentinel. “Hopefully that will translate into students pursuing STEM degrees and careers right here in the Central Valley.” The program received a 5-year $2.45 million grant through Proposition 64, the California state ballot initiative that legalized the adult use of marijuana.

Report Finds ‘Huge Unmet Demand’ for Afterschool Programs Among Native American Families, Youth Today

Nearly half of Native Americans families surveyed as part of the 2020 America After 3PM study said they would enroll their child in an afterschool program if they could, but they did not have access to one. In addition to program availability, cost and transportation remain significant barriers to afterschool in Native American communities. “These kids are missing out on participating in programs and all the opportunities that programs afford,” Nikki Yamashiro, vice president of research at the Afterschool Alliance, told Youth Today. “There needs to be more done in terms of helping families overcome the barriers.” Programs such as the Two Feathers Native American Family Services afterschool program in Northern California are seeking to fill the gap with accessible, culturally relevant programming.

Connecticut's Summer Enrichment Program is Awarded $11.5 Million to Continue, Connecticut Public Radio (Connecticut)

Since its inception in 2021, Connecticut’s Summer Enrichment grant program has awarded funding to more than 400 summer learning programs across the state. This year, the State Department of Education announced it will allocate $11.5 million in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to provide transportation and scholarships so more students can participate. “This program is helping provide a safe and enriching summer experience for our kids and will benefit our communities for years to come,” Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont told Connecticut Public Radio.

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