LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
When the End of School Means the Beginning of Summer Learning Loss … and What This Local Nonprofit is Doing About it, Brooklyn Reader (New York)
For six weeks this summer, more than 100 students in Horizons NYC’s summer learning program will learn to swim and kayak, participate in a debate league, create digital music, take journalism classes, study the mathematical properties of water, go camping, and learn about environmental conservation. The free program focuses on combatting summer learning loss and supporting students’ social and emotional growth. The Brooklyn nonprofit also operates an afterschool program that includes tutoring, mentorship, and college application support. “I’m here to show all children that you matter and that whatever your aspirations are in life, I can help you achieve them by providing you with the resources to help you get there,” Program Director Tiayana Logan told the Brooklyn Reader.
LAMP Holds Juneteenth Celebration for Tallahassee Youth, WTXL (Florida)
In honor of Juneteenth, the Link Up After School Mentoring Program (LAMP) in Tallahassee, Florida hosted a community celebration that included remarks from local Black leaders, student performances and discussions about the importance of the historic day. "[Students] need to know that there are people who care about them, that love them, that community members love them other than just their family, that adults in their community that look like them love them and will go out of their way to take care of them," Brian Shaw, program director, told WTXL. LAMP provides afterschool programming to students living in Griffin Heights, Bond and surrounding lower income neighborhoods.
Summer Programs Offer Learning and Fun for Kids at Pike County Library, WSAZ (Kentucky)
Throughout the summer, Pike County, Kentucky libraries are hosting summer programs for students ages 12 and under. The programs offer arts and crafts, reading, and special events specific to each age group. “While they’re out of school, it’s great to keep up through learning with reading to prevent learning loss that happens during the summer,” Program Coordinator Maggie Salisbury told WSAZ. “It’s good for less screen time, it’s good for their socioemotional development, and it’s fun and free.”
Adopt-A-Family Offers Summer Camp for Children Facing Homelessness, WPTV (Florida)
Through engaging, educational afterschool and summer programs, Adopt-A-Family provides a safe, stable environment for students experiencing homelessness to learn and have fun. The Lake Worth Beach, Florida nonprofit says it has recently seen a spike in families needing services due to rising housing costs. The out-of-school time programs take place across the street from Julian Place, a housing unit operated by Adopt-A-Family, where many participating students live. “One of the things we notice is that after a while they can actually relax because they feel safe,” Daron Morse, the youth educational programs director, told WPTV. “We're really thinking about serving the whole child. So we're looking at their emotional development, their academics, and providing services wherever they can fit in.”
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