Weekly Media Roundup: August 30, 2023


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 year. The program provides reading, English and math support to local girls and was looking for the ideal location to house its program. “[We were] wanting to be in a neighborhood where there was access to those people that have issues with transportation and parents that may work long hours,” Brown Girls Read founder Nicke Haney told WSPA. “To be able to provide an education in a historical building that had been run in its later years, by two sisters, by two females, I think is very impactful.”

Lahaina After-School Program Offers a Path to Healing Through Surfing, NBC Nightly News (Hawaii)

Tamara Conniff founded Mana Mentors, a nonprofit afterschool program in Lahaina, Maui, to support students’ wellbeing through surfing, skating and mentorship. After wildfires devastated Maui this summer, she knew the program had an important role to play in helping students and their families heal.  Recently, Mana Mentors organized a family surf day to bring West Maui families together for the first time since the fires. “They don’t know where they’re going to live. They don’t know when their kids’ school is going to be ready. There’s so many unknowns right now. We want to give some certainty in a time when there is no certainty,” Conniff told NBC Nightly News.

Fairfield Receives Grant to Continue After-School Program, Southeast Iowa Union (Iowa)

Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, the Fairfield, Iowa school district is expanding its before- and afterschool programs to include an additional elementary school. The programs offer hands-on educational activities, group activities and field trips. “It’s not just free play. The kids think they’re just playing, but they’re also learning,” Katie Boatright, Fairfield’s director of after-school programming, told the Southeast Iowa Union. “It’s kind of like sneaking vegetables into their meals.” The programs also provide local high school students with paid job opportunities and/or community service hours.

Afterschool Expo Allows Parents to Examine Program Benefits, Lufkin Daily News (Texas)

At the Lufkin, Texas Independent School District’s Afterschool Expo last week, parents learned about the 21st Century Texas Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) programs at ten schools. Children and their families explored offerings including strings, age-appropriate books, crafts, tutoring and more, as well as a volunteer-led Parent Café where parents will meet to share concerns. “We want to ensure parents have somewhere safe where they can just talk about their experiences without being judged,” parent volunteer Samantha Lawson told the Lufkin Daily News.

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