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Weekly Media Roundup: January 24, 2018

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Weekly Media Roundup: January 24, 2018

New Team Sport Opens for Creston Youth (Creston News Advertiser, Iowa)

Nearly 70 Creston students in fourth through 12th grade are learning focus, self-control, patience and discipline through archery after school. The Creston Archery team opened last year as part of the National Archery in Schools Program, providing archery lessons alongside a curriculum focused on the history of archery, archery safety and even the math behind the sport. Coach Melissa Heatherington told the Creston News Advertiser, “It gives a lot of kids that aren’t into other sports, but are drawn to this sort of individual competition and mindset, an opportunity to be part of a team and that feeling of being part of a team.”

Museum Program Opens World of Glassblowing to Youth (Toledo Blade, Ohio)

Lucas County Juvenile Court is offering youths with difficult backgrounds an interesting opportunity to improve their academics and bolster their self-confidence: glassblowing lessons at the Toledo Museum of Art. Director of the Art Enrichment Program Joe Szafarowicz told the Toledo Blade, “We’ve been teaching art integration at the Juvenile Justice Center in detention for 13 years. We saw that teaching math, science [and] language arts through art works.” Every Wednesday, students from Youth Treatment Center, Lucas County Children Services and area high schools create works of art by melting and shaping glass at scorching temperatures of almost 2,000 degrees, all while improving their teamwork and discipline.

Girl Power: Feminist Meeting Draws Full House (Brockton Enterprise, Massachusetts)

The first meeting of a new afterschool feminist club at Stoughton High School attracted the attention of more than 150 students, girls and boys hoping to spur discussion of sensitive issues in the midst of the #MeToo movement. The U-Knighted Feminists of Stoughton High School will tackle issues like sexism and equality through open discussion, and eventually will aim to address some practical topics, like how to give a strong handshake or eat healthfully. Discussions will be driven by the students under the supervision of teachers and guidance counselors. “It’s a group to support and empower each other,” senior Emerson Sprague told the Brockton Enterprise.

‘This Is a Cool Place:’ Brewers ‘Pitch’ in to Renovate Boys & Girls Club Game Room (WITI, WI)

A $75,000 grant from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and MLB, in partnership with the Milwaukee Brewers, has let the Pieper-Hillside Boys & Girls Club update its facility to be modeled after real-life MLB clubhouses, Fox 6 WITI reports. The Club serves more than 200 youths every day, and students will now be able to play pool and foosball and enjoy new furniture, electronic gaming equipment and refurbished lighting, flooring and paint. 

Weekly Media Roundup: June 10, 2020

Total Trek Quest Announces New Virtual Summer Program, ABC 13 (Michigan) Total Trek Quest engages boys in third through fifth grades in Grand Rapids, Michigan with afterschool programming focused on goal setting, social-emotional learning, physical activity and health education. This summer,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/10/20

Weekly Media Roundup: June 3, 2020

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Youth Stay Active With Virtual Services, Encinitas Advocate (California) While in-person programming is suspended due to the pandemic, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sandieguito in California is offering tutoring, music classes and sports practice to keep...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/03/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 27, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: May 20, 2020

Burlington Provides Care at School — or at Home — for Essential Workers' Kids, Seven Days (Vermont) Afterschool staff and paraeducators are providing a safe, enriching learning environment for children of essential workers in Burlington, Vermont while schools and afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/20/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 13, 2020

OCCA Develops “Art Kits” For 21st Century After School Program, The News Guard (Oregon) This school year, the Sam Case Elementary 21st Century Afterschool Program in Newport, Oregon partnered with the Oregon Coast Council of the Arts (OCCA) to facilitate four-week art classes for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/13/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 6, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: April 29, 2020

YMCA to Finish '7 Habits of Happy Kids' Series Via Video, The Sentinel-Record (Arkansas) This year, the Hot Springs Family YMCA Successful Children Out-of-School Recreation and Education (S.C.O.R.E.) afterschool program in Arkansas has facilitated a social-emotional learning series...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/29/20

Weekly Media Roundup: April 15, 2020

After School Program Adjusting to Help Kids When There’s No School, QuadCities.com (Iowa) While in-person programming is suspended due to coronavirus, the Spring Forward afterschool program in the Quad Cities region of Iowa has launched Spring Forward At Home. Through a partnership with...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/15/20

Views from VISTAs: Updates from March 2020

Photo by Pragyan Bezbaruah, courtesy of Picnoi. AmeriCorps’ Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) work to alleviate poverty by providing indirect service to their communities. Our afterschool VISTAs and the work they do are essential to the expansion of afterschool access for the...

BY: Marisa Paipongna      04/13/20

Weekly Media Roundup, April 8, 2020

With Coronavirus Shuttering Its After-School Program, South Reading Youth Initiative Sends Help to Students' Homes, Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania) At the South Reading Youth Initiative afterschool program in Reading, Pennsylvania, about 100 first and second grade school students receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/08/20