Weekly Media Roundup: March 22, 2023


Weekly Media Roundup: March 22, 2023

Non-Profit Helps Lynn Students Prepare for Careers in Human Services, CBS Boston (Massachusetts)

At the Pathways to Opportunities afterschool program at Lynn Classical High School in Massachusetts, high schoolers explore careers in human services with help from mentors from the Northeast Arc, a nonprofit serving people with disabilities.  The program provides hands-on experience serving community members with special needs, those with language barriers, and more. “We have students that need to work right now. They're supporting themselves, they're supporting families, they're contributing. So the ability for them to get trained and have meaningful positions coming right out of high school, we probably never had a greater need here at Classical,” Principal Amy Dunn told CBS Boston.

Aspiration Academy: A Place for Children to Learn and Grow Through Inspiration, Innovation, Florida Today (Florida)

Since 2010, Robert Barnes has provided supplementary weekend meals to students in Brevard, Florida through his non-profit Children’s Hunger Project. In January, the 81-year-old expanded his efforts to include an afterschool program for third graders at University Park Elementary School. “It’s going better than I anticipated. All the kids talk about toward the end of the day is staying longer in the school building to be part of Aspiration Academy. Who ever heard of such a thing,” Barnes told Florida Today. Barnes is partnering with local organizations and experts to provide unique, hands-on educational opportunities for the students, including master gardeners, an educational technology company, the Melbourne Fire Department, a therapy horse organization, and many more.

West Side Man Mentors Youth, Inspires Community in Spite of Deadly Disease, KSLTV (Utah)

At the Neighborhood House before and afterschool program in Salt Lake City, Utah, teacher Nate Manuel incorporates his appreciation of his Native American ancestry into his lessons and programs each day. Neighborhood House serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade and includes lessons on art, cooking, and gardening as well as respect for the tribal land and for each other. “We just try to teach a lot of life skill activities,” Manuel told KSLTV. “Sometimes being the only person of color in the room, let alone being the only native, it’s just hard. You’re alone. And you do feel like, you’re like the only one dancing in the rain.” In 2022, Manuel was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and despite the devasting news, he continues to find joy in his work and inspires his students.

Pi(e) Day Creates a Savory Solution, Talon Marks (California)

To celebrate Pi(e) day on March 14, students in the Bell Gardens Parks and Recreation Center afterschool program worked together to bake individual apple pies in muffin cups. While the pies were baking, students learned about the number pi and how it is used, and completed a painting project to illustrate pi’s values. In addition to the afterschool program, Bell Gardens provides a safe, enriching space for students during the summer and during spring and winter breaks. “We try to do something new every week or every month,” Recreation Leader Emily Esquivel told Talon Marks. “We try to come together as a whole team to plan different events for the kids.”

Weekly Media Roundup: October 25, 2023

Iberville Coalition Launches Baton Rouge Youth Coalition Satellite Campus, Plaquemine Post South (Louisiana) In September, the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC) partnered with Dow Louisiana, the Iberville Parish School Board (IPSB), and the YMCA to open its first satellite campus at the Dow...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/25/23

Weekly Media Roundup: October 18, 2023

Participation in Boston Summer Learning Programs Reached All-Time High This Year, WBUR (Massachusetts) This past summer, nearly one in four Boston youths between the ages of five and 14 participated in the city’s educational summer programs and many of the programs were provided at no...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/18/23

Weekly Media Roundup: October 11, 2023

Monte Vista Gets AT&T Support for After-School Learning Lab, Alamosa Citizen (Colorado) Thanks to a $35,000 AT&T Foundation grant, the Monte Vista Kids Connection afterschool program in San Luis Valley, Colorado is purchasing much needed laptops and software for students attending the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/11/23

Weekly Media Roundup: October 4, 2023

N.Y. Afterschool Programs Work to Support Academic, Emotional Needs, Spectrum News 1 (New York) Afterschool programs across New York State are helping students catch up on academics while addressing their emotional needs. Rural communities tend to have fewer after school options because many are...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/04/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 27, 2023

After-School Program Helping Kids ‘Kick’ Off Their Future, WKBN-TV (Ohio) The Concept Young Scholars Program at the Horizon Science Academy in Youngstown, Ohio, which helps students with homework and focuses on building confidence, advancing volunteerism, and overcoming academic...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/27/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 20, 2023

Boys & Girls Club Wausau Offering After School Programs to Prepare Students for Future, WSAW-TV (Wisconsin) Career exploration and workforce development is a major focus of the Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area’s afterschool program in Wisconsin. Students can apply and interview...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/20/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 13, 2023

Afterschool Program Helps Madison Students Breathe for Change, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin) At the Meadowood Neighborhood Center’s afterschool program in Madison, Wisconsin, students learn to reduce stress by controlling their breathing, practicing yoga, reading books to therapy...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/13/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 6, 2023

Skateboarding, Cooking, Ceramics: After School Programs at Monterey Trail Help Students Find Hobbies, CBS Sacramento (California) At the ASSETs (After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens) program at Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove, California, more than 200 teens access tutoring...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/06/23

Weekly Media Roundup: August 30, 2023

Oldest Home in Spartanburg Gets $200K for Transformation in an After-School Program, WSPA (South Carolina) Built in the late 1700s, the Seay House in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is undergoing a major renovation this fall and will reopen as the Brown Girls Read afterschool program early next...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/30/23

Weekly Media Roundup: August 16, 2023

4-H Can Help Find That Spark, Richmond Register (Kentucky) “In a world full of talents, interests and qualities, everyone has a unique inner fire that gives them joy, purpose, and direction. 4-H calls these ‘sparks,’ representing passion, energy and self-identity, not just...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/16/23