LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
After-School Programs Are Part of Addressing Pandemic-Related Issues, But Funding is a Challenge, Hawai’i Public Radio (Hawai’i)
Research shows classroom disruptions and student behavior problems have increased during the pandemic. Afterschool leaders in Hawai’i say they’ve seen these challenges, and that their programs they have an important role to play in helping students reengage, recover, and develop social and emotional skills. After-school programs “help students with academic improvement, working on reading and math skills. They engage youth in learning, and they help with school attendance. They prevent youth violence," Paula Adams, executive director of the Hawai'i Afterschool Alliance and an Afterschool Ambassador, told Hawai’i Public Radio. Advocates say increased federal and state funding would help afterschool and summer programs meet students’ needs in a sustainable way.
Portland-Area Summer Learning Programs Try Novel Approaches to Spark Teens’ Curiosity, Fondness for School, The Oregonian (Oregon)
This summer, the Beaverton, North Clackamas and Portland school districts in Oregon are offering more than traditional summer school courses. High school students are taking a range of enrichment classes, including career training classes, courses for additional school credit, and programs to ease the transition into high school. “These programs are an opportunity to explore things in a very focused environment,” Aeylin Summers, North Clackamas School District’s summer program coordinator, told the Oregonian. “The practical side of it is that it provides students with the current of hope, not just in recovering credits but in hope to decide that they do like school, that they do like learning.”
Kids Giving Science Mill Summer Camp at TLU a Thumbs Up, Seguin Today (Texas)
At the free Science Mill camp held at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas, students are hard at work learning about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and the exciting careers they could pursue. Seguin Independent School District Superintendent Matthew Gutierrez is not only a strong supporter of the camp, which is part of the district’s six-week summer learning program, but he has firsthand knowledge of its benefits since his son attended the program. “He loved every minute of camp and talked about nothing else each night at home. From our conversations, it was clear that his new knowledge sparked a desire to learn more,” Gutierrez told Seguin Today. “I believe that by teaching our children to love learning, we do more than educate them. We transform their lives. That transformation can have a generational ripple effect.”
Federal Initiative Leverages COVID Aid to Expand After-School, Summer Learning, Education Week (National)
Last week, the U.S. Department an Education announced the Engage Every Student Initiative – an unprecedented effort to help all students access out-of-school time (OST) programming. The new initiative includes online resources for state and local education leaders about how to use federal funds to create and expand OST programs, and a partnership with the Afterschool Alliance, The National Comprehensive Center, the National League of Cities, the National Summer Learning Association, and the School Superintendents Association, which will coordinate with more than 50 allied organizations to boost OST programs. “Evidence shows that students thrive when schools, communities, philanthropies, and government at every level work together to provide enriching, engaging opportunities for students to learn, grow, and build community beyond the classroom,” U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said in announcing the initiative. “This is especially true for students most affected by the pandemic.”
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