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Weekly Media Roundup: December 15, 2021

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Weekly Media Roundup: December 15, 2021

With Toys, Books and Love, Granny's House Provides After-School Programs to Children, Columbia Missourian (Missouri)

Each day at the Granny’s House afterschool program in Columbia, Missouri, children enjoy outdoor activities, homework assistance, science clubs and field trips with local college student volunteers. “At Granny’s House, we really want to make learning and academic excellence cool,” Founder Pamela Ingram told the Columbia Missourian. The free afterschool program serves refugee families and those who live in public housing.

NU Students Deliver Holiday Meals, Niagara Gazette (New York)

During Thanksgiving, Niagara University’s Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement partnered with the F-Bites afterschool program to provide turkeys, side dishes and canned goods to families in New York’s Niagara Falls City School District. F-Bites’ middle school and high school participants prepared the food as part of an ongoing focus on nutrition and skills trainings. “The Levesque Institute was happy to collaborate with the Niagara Falls City School District and F-Bites to make this happen,” Karen Kwandrans, executive director of Levesque Institute, told the Niagara Gazette. “Initiatives like these enable our students to live Niagara’s Vincentian mission and see firsthand how their service impacts their community.”

American Rescue Plan Funds Fuel Expansion in Afterschool Programs, Youth Today

Across the country, afterschool programs are increasing capacity and expanding their services thanks to funding for afterschool in the American Rescue Plan. For example, in Florida, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County secured funds to expand one afterschool program from 2 to 5 days a week, as well as hire more staff and accept all students who were waitlisted for another program. “We are helping tremendously with this learning loss,” Stephanie Anne Graf, program leader and Afterschool Ambassador, told Youth Today. “[Families] felt their children were pretty isolated [during the pandemic] and they needed to learn how to take turns, stand in line, interact and have a good time with other kids.”  Still, the new funds are only available for three years, and more permanent funding is needed to ensure all students and families can access the afterschool programs they need. 

After-School Program Increases Accessibility for West Ottawa Students, WOOD-TV (Michigan)

At the Panther Pathways afterschool program in Holland, Michigan, students explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), play sports, make art and more. The program is designed to help students discover new interests, expose them to opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise, and develop a sense of belonging. “I like my [basketball] coach because he teaches us a lot of things,” a fourth-grader named Aliyah told WOOD-TV. “I feel great because they just see me as a role model in basketball and I really like that.”

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Season for Sharing Grant Used by MentorKids for Afterschool and Tutoring Programs, Arizona Republic (Arizona) More than 300 students in Phoenix, Arizona benefit from afterschool and summer programming provided by MentorKids, supported in part by a grant from the Arizona Republic’s Season...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/19/22

Weekly Media Roundup: January 12, 2021

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Weekly Media Roundup: January 5, 2022

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BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/05/22

Weekly Media Roundup: December 22, 2021

Virginia Beach Before & After School Programs Saved After Surge of Applicants, WTKR (Virginia) After the approval of a pay rate increase, the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department received hundreds of applicants seeking employment at its before and afterschool programs. The influx...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/22/21

Weekly Media Roundup: December 15, 2021

With Toys, Books and Love, Granny's House Provides After-School Programs to Children, Columbia Missourian (Missouri) Each day at the Granny’s House afterschool program in Columbia, Missouri, children enjoy outdoor activities, homework assistance, science clubs and field trips with...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/15/21

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BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/08/21

Weekly Media Roundup: December 1, 2021

Lincoln County Afterschool Center Thrives From Community Support, Idaho Ed News (Idaho) Throughout the summer, AmeriCorps volunteers, businesses and community members helped refurbish a former church in Lincoln County, Idaho into a thriving community center offering child care, meals,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/01/21

Weekly Media Roundup: November 24, 2021

'We're All Family Here': Columbus Community Center Pilots Program to Connect with Students, The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) At a new afterschool program in Columbus, Ohio, seventh- and eighth-graders get academic support, work on goal-setting, play sports, connect with mentors and more....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      11/24/21

Weekly Media Roundup: November 17, 2021

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