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Weekly Media Roundup: December 20, 2023

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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 before-school, afterschool and summer programs this school year. “These programs help kids explore their interests, get extra academic support, and connect with their peers. They also make it easier for parents to work, knowing their kids are safe and cared for additional time outside of school hours. As a parent and as governor, I know that today’s investments will set more students up for success,” Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer told WXYZ. The grant will support 780 program sites across the state.

Completely Kids Is Dedicated to Transforming the Lives of Youth, KETV (Nebraska)

At Completely Kids in Omaha, Nebraska, low-income families are participating in adult education classes, mental health services, employment opportunities, and afterschool programs. “Our afterschool program really is enriched in what they're learning during the school day. So whatever they're working on, we have fun activities after school that are reinforcing those concepts,” Lacey Locklear, Completely Kids’ chief development officer, told KETV. Working in partnership with Omaha Public Schools, Archdiocese of Omaha Catholic School and local homeless shelters, Completely Kids provides afterschool and summer programs to 2,000 children each year.

OnBikes Delivers Free Bicycles to More than 150 Children in After-School Programs in Tampa, WFTS-TV (Florida)

Last week, Tampa, Florida Mayor Jane Castor joined representatives from OnBikes, a nonprofit, on a 50-foot parade float that traveled between multiple Tampa Parks and Recreation Afterschool Program sites to deliver free bicycles to students. Sponsors for the event included MicroLumen, a local manufacturing company, and Tampa General Hospital. More than 150 children received bicycles. “OnBikes really defines what's great about Tampa. They have companies and individuals and businesses that volunteer their time putting together, literally, thousands of bikes and then they give them out at events like this," Mayor Castor told WFTS-TV.

Afterschool Program Engages Students With ‘Out-of-the-Box’ Activities, Arts, Community Engagement, Calaveras Enterprises (California)

Students in the Vallecito Unified School District’s EdVenture Time afterschool program in Avery, California take part in unique hands-on activities and field trips that combine art, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), career exploration, life skills and more. The free program is funded by California’s Expanded Learning Opportunities Program. On one recent afternoon, students visited the library to make 3D paper snowflakes, learn about the structure of snowflakes, and view 19th century microscopic snowflake photographs. The day before, they visited a local post office. “We went behind the scenes!” second-grader Tai Bonilla-Chin told the Calaveras Enterprise. “There was a bunch of mail they had to deliver. There’s so many boxes…. If you had to organize them, you’d be like, ‘Please help me, Mother! There’s too [much] stuff in there!’”

Weekly Media Roundup: March 20, 2024

Matthew McConaughey and ASU Are Helping an Arizona School District. Here's How, Arizona Republic (Arizona) Matthew McConaughey and Arizona State University (ASU) have teamed up to help a Phoenix-area school district apply for federal afterschool funding included in the Bipartisan Safer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/20/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 13, 2024

English Learners Stopped Coming to Class During the Pandemic. One Group is Tackling the Problem By Helping Their Parents, Hechinger Report In North Carolina, nearly one third of English language learning students were chronically absent last year, a rate significantly higher than the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/13/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 6, 2024

Charlotte Afterschool Program Aims to Break Cycle of Youth Crime and Violence, WBTV (North Carolina) In response to the 33 percent rise in juvenile gun violence in Charlotte, North Carolina, county leaders presented The Way Forward plan to city council members this week. The plan includes...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/06/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 28, 2024

Program Designed to Boost Reading Rates in NW Tallahassee is Reaching More Students, WTXL (Florida) At Springwood Elementary School’s afterschool program in Tallahassee, Florida, students are paired with volunteers from United Way’s ReadingPals program, working together to improve...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/28/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 21, 2024

Missoula After-School Program for BIPOC Youth Creating Next Generation of Leaders, KTVQ-TV (Montana) At the Association for BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) Youth afterschool program in Missoula, Montana, students of color build community, take part in mindfulness activities, and develop...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/21/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 14, 2024

Viewpoint: Invest in Out-of-School Programs to Help Solve State’s Educational Challenges, South Bend Tribune (Indiana) Indiana lawmakers are considering continuing the state’s pandemic-era investments in out-of-school time learning, including afterschool and summer learning programs....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/14/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 7, 2024

Rangers Star Welcomes Kids to the Ice in After School Program, NBC4 (New York) With help from a donation from the Garden of Dreams Foundation, 50 students in the WHEDco (Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation) afterschool program in the South Bronx are lacing up skates and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/07/24

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

Weekly Media Roundup: January 17, 2024

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