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Weekly Media Roundup: August 31, 2022

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Weekly Media Roundup: August 31, 2022

Boys & Girls Clubs Help Fill Need for After-School Programing, Fox 2 Detroit (Michigan)

Amid historic unmet demand for afterschool, the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan is helping close the gap for students and their families with programming that includes tutoring, meals, sports, music and more. The need has never been higher: Afterschool Alliance Senior Vice President Jen Rinehart told Fox 2 Detroit that the number of students who would be enrolled in an afterschool program if one was available to them has risen by 60 percent since the first America After 3PM study was conducted in 2004. “Cost, and just pure access to programs and transportation are all barriers that are preventing young people from participating,” Rinehart said. “There is a tremendous opportunity right now with the American Rescue Plan dollars that are in states and local communities, and there is a portion of those dollars that are specifically dedicated to afterschool and summer programs.”

Ohio 'ACE Program' Offers Opportunity, Additional Untapped Funding for Kids Across Northeast Ohio, ABC News 5 (Ohio)

For many low-income families, afterschool and summer programs are out of reach because of the cost. To help lessen the financial burden, the Ohio Department of Education created the Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) program to provide financial support to families with an income at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. “These funds are designed to help students, particularly in lower-income families, access activities that help them catch up academically, help them reengage in school,” Colleen Grady, a senior program officer for Educational Options and Policy, told ABC News 5. Michelle Houston, a mother in Canton, Ohio, was grateful for the ACE funding that enabled her two daughters to attend a summer art enrichment camp. Houston was encouraged that her daughters were active and learning new skills at the camp and she told ABC News 5 “my girls absolutely love it.”

Affordable After-School Options for Families, Western Mass News (Massachusetts)

Approximately 2,400 students attend Springfield Boys and Girls Club afterschool programs in Springfield, Massachusetts and families only pay $40/year for this vital service. “For the parents, some of them are working two, even three jobs. They need to know that there’s a positive place, a safe place for the kids to go after school,” Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Vincent Borello told Western Mass News. “In our 132-year history, we’ve never turned a child away, so any child that wants to come to the Boys and Girls Club is always welcome.”

SFSD Piloting New After School Program, KELO-TV (South Dakota)

Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, the Sioux Falls School District in South Dakota is starting a new afterschool program at four schools through partnerships with local nonprofits. “So in this first-year pilot together, our great staff is combining with their great staff to operate alongside each other,” Sarah Hanson, Managing Director of Children Youth and Family Services at Volunteers of America South Dakota, told KELO-TV. Eventually, school leaders hope to expand the new program across the school district.

Weekly Media Roundup: October 19, 2022

Boston's Investment in Summer Learning Converts into High Participation this Year, WBUR (Massachusetts) A new report from Boston After School and Beyond shows nearly 16,000 students in the Boston area attended summer learning programs at schools and community organizations this summer, with...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/19/22

Weekly Media Roundup: October 12, 2022

An After-School Program that Enriches Learning Academically, Socially and Emotionally: Cleveland’s Promise, Cleveland.com (Ohio) At Almira Elementary School’s afterschool program in Cleveland, Ohio, students are now taking boxing lessons in addition to drawing, digital animation,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/12/22

Weekly Media Roundup: October 5, 2022

Afterschool Programs Mobilize in Wake of Mass Shootings, Youth Today As communities grapple with horrific mass shootings such as those in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, afterschool programs are focusing on mentorship and social and emotional learning activities to help children heal. For...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/05/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 28, 2022

Project S.T.I.N.G. Unveiled at Goodyear School, West Valley View (Arizona) Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, students at Desert Star School in Goodyear, Arizona now have access to a free afterschool program that offers science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/28/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 21, 2022

Many Children are Regularly Exposed to Gun Violence. Here's How to Help them Heal, National Public Radio In the Cameron Community Ministries afterschool program in Rochester, New York, students learn leadership skills, take part in community-oriented projects, and connect with mentors...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/21/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 14, 2022

In- and After-School Programs Aim to Combat Mental Health Effects that COVID-19 Worsened, Youth Today The National Center for Health Statistics reports that in 2021, seven in 10 public schools saw a rise in children seeking mental health services. To support student wellbeing, schools and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/14/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 7, 2022

After-School Program Blends Tutoring, Circus Training, WBBM Newsradio (Illinois) At the CircEsteem afterschool program in Chicago, children ages 3 to 18 build their self-confidence by learning aerial arts, tumbling and juggling, alongside academic tutoring and mentorship. The program partners...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/07/22

Weekly Media Roundup: August 31, 2022

Boys & Girls Clubs Help Fill Need for After-School Programing, Fox 2 Detroit (Michigan) Amid historic unmet demand for afterschool, the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan is helping close the gap for students and their families with programming that includes tutoring, meals,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/31/22

Weekly Media Roundup: August 24, 2022

Local School Program Helps Students Succeed, Expands to Midland, WNEM (Michigan) Throughout the pandemic, R1SE Education & Recreation in Freeland, Michigan provided before- and after school programs and tutoring support to students to help keep them engaged and learning. This fall, they are...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/24/22

Weekly Media Roundup: August 17, 2022

North Carolina YMCA Afterschool Programs Growing Students Critical Skills, WFMY (North Carolina) Recent assessments of North Carolina Alliance of YMCAs’ afterschool programs found that two-thirds of participating students improved in two or more character development skills this past year....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/17/22