LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Young Readers Recognized for Their Achievements at Vicksburg City Hall, Vicksburg Post (Mississippi)
To celebrate a successful first year, students from the Post-COVID Educational Enhancement Program in Vicksburg, Mississippi took a trolley ride to city hall to meet with Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. and to discuss their academic accomplishments. The afterschool program, supported by the United Way of West Central Mississippi (UWWCM), focuses on improving literacy proficiency among students in kindergarten through third grade. “The Post-COVID Educational Enhancement Program is a testament both to the power of collaboration and innovation as well as our community’s dedication to our children,” UWWCM Executive Director Michelle Connelly told the Vicksburg Post. “By partnering with the City of Vicksburg and the Vicksburg-Warren School District, we’ve been able to create a program that’s as unique as our community, and we’re excited to see Post-COVID Educational Enhancement Program’s impact take root as it continues to grow.” Next fall, the program is expanding to include both fourth and fifth graders.
Freedom Schools Begin Culturally Relevant Summer Programming in Winston-Salem, WFDD (North Carolina)
At the Kimberly Park Freedom School summer learning program in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, students develop their reading, writing and critical thinking skills by engaging with books that are relevant to their lives and communities. “All of the literature has to do with children that look like our scholars, and deal with situations that our scholars may face,” Rashawn Meekins, lead coordinator and project director, told WFDD. “There are books that deal with homelessness. There are books that deal with racial situations, social justice issues, community issues, environmental issues.” Students take part in group discussions, creative projects and skits, advocacy projects, lessons from local leaders and field trips to community organizations and businesses. The program is supported by federal COVID-19 relief funds.
Summer Learning: Camp Curiosity Continues to Play Big Role in Migrant Students' Development, Messenger-Inquirer (Kentucky)
All 750 students who are English-language learners in the Daviess County Public School district in Kentucky are invited to participate in Camp Curiosity, a four-week summer learning program designed to boost students’ language skills. Students work on reading and math and rotate between fun, hands-on activities such as music, robotics and time in the gymnasium. “We’re trying to prevent the summer slide,” Shelly Hammons, Camp Curiosity organizer and administrator, told the Messenger-Inquirer. “A lot of them have gaps, due to the nature of their movement, or some are new to our country … but the overall goal is to develop language acquisition and give them a jump start for their school in the fall.”
Science & Discovery Center Sees Uptick in Summer Camp Program, WJHG (Florida)
Throughout June and July, students ages 4 to 12 years old will participate in engaging STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) camps at the Science & Discovery Center of Northwest Florida in Panama City. The eight-week camp has been growing in popularity, especially during the pandemic. “Our head count has increased every year, and the kids keep coming back so we know we’re doing something right,” Executive Director Michelle Smith told WJHG. Each week, campers focus on a specific theme and participate in hands-on, creative experiments and activities.
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