LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Camp Promotes Essential Bond Between Sports and Mental Health, The Bradford Sun (Pennsylvania)
This summer, mental health professionals are joining the 21st Century Sports Camp in Bradford, Pennsylvania to talk to students about coping with their emotions, self-care, and other social-emotional skills. The program, which includes sports activities, field trips, meals and transportation, is free to students thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. “This year we’re focusing hard on mental health because we have all seen in our age groups over the past two years that a return to normalcy can be difficult, and that we need to be reteaching them a lot of stuff,” camp supervisor Georgie Auteri told the Bradford Sun. “Using sports as the primary activity and then involving mental health within it gets a lot of the kids wanting to come.”
Continuing Support for Afterschool and Summer Learning is Key for New Mexico Students, Carlsbad Current Argus (New Mexico)
Last year, the state of New Mexico set aside $6 million in federal pandemic relief funds for out-of-school time programs. That was a meaningful step forward, but long-term funding is needed to ensure all students can access the afterschool and summer learning programs they need to recover from the pandemic, New Mexico Lt. Governor Howie Morales and New Mexico Out-of-School Time Network Executive Director May Sagbakken write in a recent column for the Carlsbad Current Argus. “Afterschool and summer learning programs are vital supports to communities across New Mexico, and we must ensure the recent influx of financial help for them continues…. Recognizing the serious impacts the pandemic had on young people’s well-being, expanding access to afterschool and summer learning is more important than ever,” they write.
Refuge And Connection, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette (Arkansas)
The Fenix Arts center in Fayetteville, Arkansas will open an afterschool program this fall designed to be a safe and creative space for LGTBQIA+ students ages 12 and older. The Fenix Youth Refuge Experience After School Arts Program will offer a variety of classes taught by local artists and host art exhibits each semester featuring the students’ creations. “With the word ‘refuge,’ we really wanted to highlight how this is a completely safe, nonjudgmental space for these kids to be in. This isn’t about judgment at all, and it’s not about competing for anything or in-fighting. It’s all about understanding and peace and giving those kids a place in which to feel understood and to connect with each other,” Taylor Johnson, gallery manager and program coordinator, told the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
Mercyhurst Will Offer After-School Science Program for North East Elementary Students, Erie Times-News (Pennsylvania)
Starting this fall, elementary school students attending the STEM & Vine afterschool program in North East, Pennsylvania will grow their own food, raise trout, analyze soil and crop lineage, and study agriculture, coding and robotics. The new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program is facilitated by Mercyhurst University’s education department in partnership with a wide variety of community organizations. “S.T.E.M. initiatives should be grounded in the context of the community to get students invested in the science in use in their own backyard, and then expand from there,” Mercyhurst Education Department Chairwoman Amy Burniston told the Erie Times-News. “This program will be rich in S.T.E.M. applications tied to the North East agricultural industry.”
DC Awards Millions in Grants to After-School Programs, WTOP (District of Columbia)
At GALA Hispanic Theatre’s Paso Nuevo afterschool program in Washington, DC, high school students learn the...
Hillsborough Teens Offer After-School Lessons, and Get Something in Return, Tampa Bay Times (Florida)
At the Hillsborough Out of School Time program in Seminole, Florida, elementary school...
Gulf Shores 'Beyond the Bell' Program Offers Afterschool Programs, Orange Beach News (Alabama)
At the Beyond the Bell afterschool program in Gulf Shores, Alabama, students participate in a...
Aldo Leopold Nature Center Reaches Out with After-School Program, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin)
Elementary school students in Monona, Wisconsin are enjoying long hikes, clearing woods for...
If the Phillies Win, So Do the Mighty Writers. Mayor Kenney’s Bet Could Pay Off for the After-School Writing Program, WHYY (Pennsylvania)
If the Philadelphia Phillies win the World Series,...
Central Ohio Youth, First Responder Mentors Kick Off After School All Stars program, WSYX (Ohio)
For the second year in a row, After School All Stars in Columbus, Ohio is partnering with Columbus...
Boston's Investment in Summer Learning Converts into High Participation this Year, WBUR (Massachusetts)
A new report from Boston After School and Beyond shows nearly 16,000 students in the Boston area attended summer learning programs at schools and community organizations this summer, with...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 10/19/22
An After-School Program that Enriches Learning Academically, Socially and Emotionally: Cleveland’s Promise, Cleveland.com (Ohio)
At Almira Elementary School’s afterschool program in Cleveland, Ohio, students are now taking boxing lessons in addition to drawing, digital animation,...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 10/12/22
Afterschool Programs Mobilize in Wake of Mass Shootings, Youth Today
As communities grapple with horrific mass shootings such as those in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, afterschool programs are focusing on mentorship and social and emotional learning activities to help children heal. For...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 10/05/22
Project S.T.I.N.G. Unveiled at Goodyear School, West Valley View (Arizona)
Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, students at Desert Star School in Goodyear, Arizona now have access to a free afterschool program that offers science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 09/28/22
Many Children are Regularly Exposed to Gun Violence. Here's How to Help them Heal, National Public Radio
In the Cameron Community Ministries afterschool program in Rochester, New York, students learn leadership skills, take part in community-oriented projects, and connect with mentors...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 09/21/22
In- and After-School Programs Aim to Combat Mental Health Effects that COVID-19 Worsened, Youth Today
The National Center for Health Statistics reports that in 2021, seven in 10 public schools saw a rise in children seeking mental health services. To support student wellbeing, schools and...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 09/14/22
After-School Program Blends Tutoring, Circus Training, WBBM Newsradio (Illinois)
At the CircEsteem afterschool program in Chicago, children ages 3 to 18 build their self-confidence by learning aerial arts, tumbling and juggling, alongside academic tutoring and mentorship. The program partners...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 09/07/22
Boys & Girls Clubs Help Fill Need for After-School Programing, Fox 2 Detroit (Michigan)
Amid historic unmet demand for afterschool, the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan is helping close the gap for students and their families with programming that includes tutoring, meals,...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/31/22
Local School Program Helps Students Succeed, Expands to Midland, WNEM (Michigan)
Throughout the pandemic, R1SE Education & Recreation in Freeland, Michigan provided before- and after school programs and tutoring support to students to help keep them engaged and learning. This fall, they are...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/24/22
North Carolina YMCA Afterschool Programs Growing Students Critical Skills, WFMY (North Carolina)
Recent assessments of North Carolina Alliance of YMCAs’ afterschool programs found that two-thirds of participating students improved in two or more character development skills this past year....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/17/22
YMCA gives kids ‘a dose of normal,’ Martha’s Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
To help students overcome isolation and disconnection, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is providing in-person programming for students each afternoon. The program provides enrichment activities and...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/13/21