LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Spanish American Center Gets United Way Grants for After-School Programs, Leominster Champion (Massachusetts)
Continuing its ongoing support of afterschool programs, the United Way of North Central Massachusetts recently awarded $398,800 in grants to 18 local Massachusetts agencies for afterschool and summer learning initiatives. The Spanish American Center (SAC) in Leominster is grateful for the additional funding for its Cross-Roads Afterschool program. “Every day that we witness the importance of Cross-Roads, SAC continues to be a beacon of hope and blessing for our children and youth,” SAC Executive Director Neddy Latimer told the Leominster Champion. “We are very proud of our positive outcomes and have seen life changing results, increasing confidence and self-esteem and bringing children hope.”
Columbus Chapter of After-School All-Stars Celebrates First Year of Mentorship Program, Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
Last fall, the After-School All-Stars chapter in Columbus, Ohio expanded its afterschool program to include a unique mentoring program. Thirty-two students were paired with firefighters, police officers and patrol officers. Throughout the school year, the first responders met both virtually and in person with their mentees, offering support and guidance. “Mentorship at its core is not only about changing the trajectory of youth, but also it’s about connection,” Kirstin Buckner, After-School All-Stars mentorship program manager, told the Columbus Dispatch. “There was this little boy who walked up to me and said, ‘Wait a minute, you have all these fire trucks and all these police cruisers out here just to say hi? No one’s getting in trouble?’”
Harlem After-School Program Teaches the Sport of Squash and Life Lessons, PIX 11 (New York)
At StreetSquash, a free afterschool program in Harlem, middle and high school students play squash, access mental health counseling, work one-on-one with academic tutors, and explore colleges and careers. Program leaders say the sport teaches essential skills that help students succeed in all areas of their lives, such as persistence and discipline. “It’s time to just have fun, let go of all the negative. You hit the ball and just release everything,” 16-year-old Khissaiyia Spencer, a champion squash player who will travel to London for training as part of the program, told PIX 11.
San Diego Foundation Awards $12.3M to 90 Nonprofits for ‘Level Up SD’ Summer Learning, Times of San Diego (California)
Last year, the San Diego Unified Board of Education partnered with the San Diego Foundation to create the Level UP SD summer enrichment program to help students reengage amidst the pandemic, learn new skills, and explore their interests. The San Diego Foundation recently awarded $12.3 million to continue the program this summer. Offered alongside the district’s morning summer school program, Level Up includes performing arts, robotics, field trips to museums and parks, and more. “San Diego Unified students will once again have free access to meaningful summer enrichment opportunities because every child deserves a summer of learning and joy,” Sharon Whitehurst-Payne, president of the San Diego Unified Board of Education, told the Times of San Diego.
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