LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
YMCA gives kids ‘a dose of normal,’ Martha’s Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
To help students overcome isolation and disconnection, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is providing in-person programming for students each afternoon. The program provides enrichment activities and focuses on developing character, and each month its lessons have a different focus, with outer space the theme this month. In addition to social distancing and other precautions, students provide a daily attestation form that includes health screening questions to determine exposure to COVID-19 or symptoms. “We are trying to bring a dose of normal into kids’ lives and give them more adults in their lives that they can trust and depend on — and you know, sometimes a little bit can go a long way,” said Kelly Neadow, senior program director for youth and staff development.
Afterschool Programs helping prepare children for STEM careers, Avery Journal (North Carolina)
Afterschool students around the country spend their afternoons building robots, learning computer coding, investigating soil conditions to plant community gardens, and more. Many afterschool programs are delivering STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum during the pandemic, with take-home kits or lessons that use materials readily found in most homes. “As an educator, a lesson stands out for me: the vital role that the STEM disciplines play in our lives, now and in the future. It’s why afterschool programs in North Carolina and elsewhere have put so much focus on the STEM fields in recent years… We know that afterschool programs are uniquely suited to the kinds of sleeves-rolled-up activities that are so vital to STEM education,” writes Afterschool Ambassador Emily Neff, director of youth development for W.A.M.Y. Community Action, Inc. in Boone, North Carolina.
Youth organization expands its efforts to provide weekend meals to Waldo County residents, News Center Maine (Maine)
Thanks to a grant from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and donations from local charities and businesses, the Game Loft has begun weekend deliveries of essentials to community members who cannot come to the program to pick up food. The 23-year-old afterschool program in Belfast, Maine has expanded its services, providing free, nutritious, freshly cooked meals, along with personal hygiene items, puzzles, and hand-selected books to people who are isolated and might otherwise go hungry. Game Loft volunteer Thelma Howard told News Center Maine the goal is “just keeping in touch and letting the kids feel like they still belong, and they are still a part of something. These bags have some thought and there’s a little bit of that personal touch that goes with it and it is felt by the kids out there.”
Boys & Girls Club of Daleville open for business, The Southeast Sun (Alabama)
Undaunted by the pandemic, in late October the mayor joined with state legislators and other officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new Boys & Girls Club of Daleville. Today, the Club, which provides a safe, structured environment for students, is thriving and participation is growing. The Club is “turning a vision of this into a reality. In our small towns today that is what it’s going to take. We have to recapture that ownership and city pride,” State Sen. Donnie Chesteen said.
When the End of School Means the Beginning of Summer Learning Loss … and What This Local Nonprofit is Doing About it, Brooklyn Reader (New York)
For six weeks this summer, more than 100...
Spanish American Center Gets United Way Grants for After-School Programs, Leominster Champion (Massachusetts)
Continuing its ongoing support of afterschool programs, the United Way of North...
After-School Programs Band Together to Build Bots, Shoshone News-Press (Idaho)
The Pinehurst Elementary After-School Solution program and the Kellogg Middle School WISE afterschool program joined...
YMCA’s “Find My Genius” Now an After-School Program, Citizens Journal (California)
With a grant from California’s Expanded Learning Opportunities Program, the Southeast...
Beatrice After School Program Granted Another Five Years, Beatrice Daily Sun (Nebraska)
At the Beatrice Learning After School Time (BLAST) program in Beatrice, Nebraska, more than 170 students...
Clark, Champaign Organizations Awarded Grants for Student Academic Needs, Well-Being, Springfield News-Sun (Ohio)
Thanks to a $2.1 million Summer Learning and Afterschool Opportunities grant from...
Children of the Valley After-School Program Comes to Sedro-Woolley, Go Skagit (Washington)
An afterschool program that boosts students’ academic, social and emotional skills recently opened a new site in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. At the Children of the Valley afterschool program, students...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/27/22
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
ACE Clubs Offer Unique After-School Activities, Academic Support, Herald Bulletin (Indiana)
Each afternoon, students at ACE Clubs in Anderson, Indiana enjoy a variety of activities, including publishing their own books, leather crafting, cooking classes and painting. “We’re always...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/12/22
Woodstock Day School Media Arts Program Awarded Grant, HudsonValley360 (New York)
Thanks to a $49,500 grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, students in Ulster County, New York will have the opportunity to learn filmmaking at a new media arts afterschool program at Woodstock Day...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/05/22
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
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
Weekly Media Roundup, December 8, 2021
Cleveland County Family YMCA Addresses Learning Loss, The Star (North Carolina)
To help students catch up on reading skills amidst the pandemic, the Cleveland County Family YMCA in North Carolina is partnering with Learning Ovations, a community literacy...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/08/21
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
'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
‘Worst-Case Scenario’: VB Parks & Rec Closing 14 Before/Afterschool Childcare Programs Due to Staffing Shortage, WAVY-TV (Virginia)
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation announced it will close three before-school and 11 afterschool programs starting January 3 due to ongoing...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 11/17/21
YMCA gives kids ‘a dose of normal,’ Martha’s Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
To help students overcome isolation and disconnection, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is providing in-person programming for students each afternoon. The program provides enrichment activities and...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/13/21
L.A. School District Plans Star-Studded Summer Learning for Students — with James Cameron Teaching ‘Titanic’ and a Book Group with Alicia Keys and Others, The Washington Post
This summer, students in Los Angeles will learn to draw and animate from the studio behind...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/27/20
Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Program Makes House Calls, Augusta Free Press (Virginia)
On Monday, the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Adventure Club in Augusta County, Virginia delivered care packages to students. They included handwritten notes, sidewalk chalk, and materials...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/06/20