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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: January 31, 2024

Advocates of Afterschool Opportunities Rally in Albany for $119M Funding Boost, Spectrum News 1 (New York) On Tuesday, afterschool leaders, students, and lawmakers gathered in Albany, New York to press for an additional $119 million in state funding to ensure universal access to afterschool. At...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/31/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 24, 2024

'Articulate Their Pain': Preventing Teen Suicide Through the Power of Music, Spectrum News 1 (North Carolina) DDAAT-App, a mental health nonprofit with an afterschool program in Charlotte, North Carolina, is partnering with The Bridge, a music studio, to give students access to recording...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/24/24

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Bessie Coleman After School Aviation Program to be Tested in Oklahoma, General Aviation News (Oklahoma) Sixth and 7th graders in Tulsa, Oklahoma are exploring careers in aerospace and aeronautics by building planes, flying drones, and participating in other hands-on projects thanks to a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/17/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 10, 2024

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BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/10/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 3, 2024

Robbinsville Extended Day Program is Much More than Childcare, Communitynews.org (New Jersey) At the Sharon Elementary School’s Robbinsville Extended Day (RED) program in New Jersey, students take part in yoga, financial literacy courses, robotics, cooking classes, sign language...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/03/24

Weekly Media Roundup: December 20, 2023

Numerous Metro Detroit Before- and After-School Programs to Receive Portion of $50M MiLEAP Grant, WXYZ (Michigan) Thanks to $50 million in grants from the Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP), 67,000 Michigan students will be able to attend...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/20/23

Weekly Media Roundup: December 13, 2023

Federal Grant Helps Restart University of Tulsa Partnership With Kendall-Whittier Elementary, Tulsa World (Oklahoma) Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, college students from the University of Tulsa will once again help lead the Youth Scholars afterschool program at...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/13/23

Weekly Media Roundup: December 6, 2023

Wakeman Boys & Girls Club's Financial Literacy Program Aims to Give Bridgeport Teens Life Skills, The Register Citizen (Connecticut) Teens in Bridgeport, Connecticut will learn about credit cards, loans, budgeting, college financial planning and more as part of Wakeman Boys & Girls...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/06/23

Weekly Media Roundup: November 29, 2023

Tackling Absenteeism: Kalamazoo Schools and Community Programs Unite to Keep Students Engaged, WWMT (Michigan) With absenteeism at a historic high of 27 percent in 2022, Kalamazoo Public Schools in Michigan are working with local afterschool programs to develop relationships, improve attendance,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      11/29/23

Weekly Media Roundup: November 22, 2023

Bend Park District Helps Student Workers with College Tuition, The Bulletin (Oregon) At Bend Park and Recreation District’s Kids Inc. afterschool program, college students from Central Oregon Community College (COCC) and Oregon State University-Cascades are leading STEAM (science,...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      11/22/23