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Weekly Media Roundup: January 19, 2022

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Weekly Media Roundup: January 19, 2022

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 for Sharing campaign. MentorKids’ free program focuses on academic support, leadership development, and mentorship, and students explore a wide variety of interests ranging from art to gardening to engineering. “We have students who started with us in second grade and are now serving and mentoring the younger kids as iLEADers,” Executive Director Aaron Parrott told the Arizona Republic. “To see how they have developed into kind, service-focused young leaders who are now investing in our younger kids and serving their communities is the proof that what we do at MentorKids, while not easy, is working in a powerful, transformational way.”

Meet the Person Looking to Improve Sioux Falls' After-School Programs, Sioux Falls Simplified (South Dakota)

Kids Inc, the Sioux Falls School District afterschool program, has a waitlist with more than 500 students -- and more than 4,000 students in Sioux Falls can’t access the afterschool programs they need, according to a study by Sioux Falls Thrive.  To combat these disparities, the school district recently hired Rebecca Wimmer, formerly CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of the Sioux Empire, for a new administrative position. Wimmer is working to build community partnerships to ensure all students, regardless of family income, can access high-quality afterschool programs. “How do we develop a program that ensures every child has access to the same type of program? We're starting to dream about what could this look like,” Wimmer told Sioux Falls Simplified.

Child Care Programs Handle Jump in Kids as KUSD Schools Transition Online, Kenosha News (Wisconsin)

As increasing COVID infection rates in Wisconsin prompted most Kenosha Unified schools to go virtual in early January, many before school and afterschool programs quickly expanded their programs to help families needing support. “We are the backup plan for some people,” Andrea Honey, director of Kid’s Castle’s Before and After School Program, told Kenosha News. “We really felt like, for the community and for our families, that we had to do something.” Despite staffing shortages and new schedules, the programs have been able to provide full day in-person programming.

The ROCK to Provide After-School Programs at Meridian Junior High, Midland Daily News (Michigan)

Thanks to a partnership between Meridian Junior High and The ROCK Center for Youth Development, middle school students in Meridian, Michigan will benefit from a new afterschool program at their school focusing on social and academic enrichment. “Research tells us providing out-of-school time support not only improves academic outcomes but also helps with life skill development, social and emotional learning and enhances the quality of lives for our families. We are proud to partner with a community partner known for these outcomes,” Meridian Superintendent Craig Carmoney told Midland Daily News. The free afterschool program will include homework assistance, physical exercise, crafts, games and meals.

Weekly Media Roundup: January 26, 2022

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

Weekly Media Roundup: January 19, 2022

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

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

Weekly Media Roundup: January 5, 2022

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

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

Weekly Media Roundup: December 8, 2021

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

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

‘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