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Weekly Media Roundup: January 31, 2024

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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 the rally, students shared about how their afterschool programs have shaped their lives, and program leaders spoke to the challenges programs are facing, including severe staffing shortages. "Afterschool should not be for those who can afford it. It should be for everyone. A parent should not have to choose between going to work or ensuring their child's safety," Kelly McMahon, chief executive officer of the New York State Network for Youth Success, told Spectrum News 1.

Raleigh After-School Program Aims to Help Latino Students with English Language, Spectrum News 1 (North Carolina)

In Raleigh, North Carolina, the Aprendo afterschool program provides English language support and mentoring to local Latino and refugee families. “Through this program, we are able to help them with whatever need they may have in regard to the reading for school,” Lynda De Dios, educational coordinator at Aprendo, told Spectrum News 1. “We are also able to help with homework, which a lot of times parents cannot help with because again they don’t speak the language.” Aprendo’s parent organization, Neighbor to Neighbor, recently received $180,000 from a student-led fundraiser at Enloe High School,l and it plans to use a portion of the funds to expand Aprendo’s English Language Learners afterschool program.

Boys & Girls Club Fights Student Absenteeism with After-School Programs, CBS 12 (Florida)

In response to high absenteeism rates in Florida schools, the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County are engaging students with afterschool programs at 13 school sites and seven clubhouse locations. The Florida Department of Education reports one in five students in the state are absent 21 or more days of school. Boys & Girls Club staff members work closely with students who continually miss school and look to address the issues surrounding each case. “The children are only able to be successful in the classroom if they have the ability to get their homework done and feel supported and prepared for the next day,” Candace Burrs, the regional director of club operations for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, told CBS 12. “It only takes that one caring adult to make such an impact in a child’s life.”

Travis Kelce Teams Up to Donate 25k Meals for Kansas City Youth, KCTV 5 (MO)

Students in the Operation Breakthrough afterschool program in Kansas City, Missouri will receive 25,000 free meals thanks to a donation from Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. Kelce partnered with Kodiak, a breakfast food brand, to provide convenient and nutritious breakfast options for the students. “We will be making a meaningful difference in the day-to-day life of hundreds of Kansas City kids, and I couldn’t be more excited to make this happen,” Kelce told KCTV 5

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