Weekly Media Roundup: January 19, 2022


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: May 10, 2023

D.O.V.E.S Afterschool Program Builds Self-Esteem, Confidence in Local Elementary Students, WMDT (Maryland) At the D.O.V.E.S. (Daughters of Value, Excellence and Success) afterschool program in Salisbury, Maryland, young girls are empowered to be themselves and support one another and others in...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/10/23

Weekly Media Roundup: May 3, 2023

Rally at the Capitol for Funding Afterschool Programs, Fox 43 (Pennsylvania) Afterschool providers, parents and advocates gathered on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg today to urge the state legislature to pass House Bill 795, which would provide state funding for afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/03/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 26, 2023

Local After School Care Program Aims to Help Kids Regain Knowledge Lost Due to COVID, KFDA (Texas) At the Bear Paws afterschool program in Amarillo, Texas, middle school students are participating in engaging activities to tackle learning loss from the pandemic. “We’re trying to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/26/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 19, 2023

After-School Program and City Officials Celebrate Arbor Day, Cumberland Times-News (Maryland) In honor of Arbor Day, elementary school students from Allegany County Public Schools’ afterschool programs participated in a tree planting ceremony at Gene Mason Sports Complex in Cumberland,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/19/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 12, 2023

Schools Used ESSER Funds for After-School Programs. What Happens When the Money Runs Out? Education Week With the assistance of ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding, afterschool and summer programs throughout the country were able to expand and serve a greater number...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/12/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 5, 2023

After-School Programs Financed with Pandemic Funds Making a Difference in Chester County, Daily Local News (Pennsylvania) Funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is helping Mighty Writers and Coatesville Kids to College, two afterschool programs in Chester County, Pennsylvania, expand...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/05/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 29, 2023

Commentary: SC Afterschool Programs Can Help Close Gender Gap in STEM Industries, The Post and Courier (South Carolina) In a recent guest column for the Post and Courier, South Carolina Afterschool Alliance President and CEO Zelda Waymer notes the overlap between Women’s History Month and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/29/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 22, 2023

Non-Profit Helps Lynn Students Prepare for Careers in Human Services, CBS Boston (Massachusetts) At the Pathways to Opportunities afterschool program at Lynn Classical High School in Massachusetts, high schoolers explore careers in human services with help from mentors from the Northeast Arc, a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/22/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 15, 2023

Youth Invited to Reimagine Sioux Falls with City Build 2040 Event, Dakota News Now (South Dakota) Elementary schoolers attending the South Dakota Afterschool Network’s two-day City Build 2040 event in Sioux Falls will work with local experts to create models that showcase their vision for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/15/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 8, 2023

STUDENT VOICES: We Need More Women in STEM Fields, and We Have Ideas for Making that Happen, The Hechinger Report In a guest column for the Hechinger Report, high schoolers Henrietta Rasmusson and Emerald Yankey list three priorities for increasing women’s participation in science,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/08/23