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Weekly Media Roundup: January 24, 2024

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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 equipment and music coaching. Program leaders say the goal is to provide students a space to be creative and express their emotions. It’s part of a broader effort to prevent teen suicide, which is the second leading cause of death for teens in the state. “I'll teach the knowledge I have, how to record, the art of recording, and see what they take away from it," music engineer Elijah Cain told Spectrum News 1. “Pretty much teaching them how to have an outlet and how to use music as a tool to cope, almost get their pain out, articulate their pain.”

How CHOP's GRIT Program is Helping Young People Experiencing Trauma, ABC Action News (Pennsylvania)

At Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Growing Resilience in Teens(GRIT)  program, teenagers are learning how to cope with trauma through peer support groups. More than 400 teenagers participated in the program last year, through referrals from their afterschool program or medical provider. “We have seen a reduction in the stigma of getting support after loss. Youth, specifically in high schools, they are more comfortable talking about it,” Dr. Vanesa Karamanian, director of Children’s Hospital’s Healthier Together program, told ABC Action News. GRIT partners with five Philadelphia area schools, offering mental health counseling and support to students and their families.

After School Care Now Provided by the Boys & Girls Club at Enlace Academy, WRTV (Indiana)

To help address the need for more affordable afterschool programming, the Boys & Girls Club is opening a new afterschool program at Enlace Academy in Indianapolis and is limiting the fees to $25 per year per student. “A lot of their families were hearing $50 a week per kid. That’s a lot if you are struggling to provide for your family,” Enlace Principal Stephanie Campos-Johnson told WRTV. “What we find here is with $25 a year, our kids are able to have programs and field trips and the kids are growing as a person.” The Boys & Girls Club currently has more than 800 students on waiting lists at its before- and afterschool programs throughout central Indiana.

After-School Program Connects Mothers, Daughters Through Learning STEM Skills Together, WPXI 11 (Pennsylvania)

At the Rankin Community Center in Rankin, Pennsylvania, fourth and fifth grade girls work side-by-side with their moms to build robots and explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. The afterschool program is the result of a partnership between Woodland Hills School District and VEX Robotics. “You hear all the time that there aren’t enough women in these technical fields, so it’s awesome they are being exposed to this,” mother Jill Porter-School told WPXI 11. In addition to the community center, the program is partnering with rec centers, libraries and other community organizations.

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