Weekly Media Roundup: March 29, 2023


Weekly Media Roundup: March 29, 2023

Commentary: SC Afterschool Programs Can Help Close Gender Gap in STEM Industries, The Post and Courier (South Carolina)

In a recent guest column for the Post and Courier, South Carolina Afterschool Alliance President and CEO Zelda Waymer notes the overlap between Women’s History Month and South Carolina’s STEM (science, technology, education and math) Education Month, and highlights the role afterschool programs play in sparking girls’ interest in STEM. She describes the innovative ways afterschool programs engage students in hands-on activities in robotics, coding and engineering, including through the SC Afterschool Alliance’s STEAMIFY engineering and arts competition. “South Carolina can’t afford to leave women out of the STEM equation. We are needed in STEM careers in South Carolina, and afterschool programming is where we can start to build bridges and close the persistent gender gap,” Waymer writes.

Zaniac’s Afterschool ‘Chess Club’ Teaches Kids Moves of the Game, Gets Them Off Screens, ABC 13 News (North Carolina)

At the Zaniac afterschool program in Asheville, North Carolina, students not only learn computer coding but also how to play traditional board games such as chess. “It’s good for the kids to get off of the computers for a while and engage and use their brains for puzzles or chess,” Oliver Porter, an instructor at Zaniac, told ABC 13 News. “You have to make decisions under pressure; you have to make sure you make the right move.” Students also receive homework assistance and participate in other hands-on STEM activities.

"#LikeAGirl" Program Encourages Athletics and Empowerment for Tomorrows Sportswomen, (Florida)

Thanks to a partnership between Hillsborough County and the University of South Florida, the Westchase Recreation Center’s afterschool program in Tampa, Florida, provides a unique opportunity for young girls to build their self-esteem and foster a love of sports. Each week, the “#LikeAGirl” program invites female collegiate athletes to come to the program for a meet and greet and sports demonstration. During a recent visit, Ragan Kinard, a member of the University of South Florida’s women’s volleyball team, spoke to the girls about the challenges of being an athlete: “Do not give up. Your mind will tell you it’s hard, but do not give up. There’s only wins and lessons. There are no losses.”

Demand For After-School Programs High, Survey Says, Tribune-Star (Indiana)

Leaders from the Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN) visited Terre Haute in March to meet with afterschool providers, youth leaders, elected officials and school administrators about the state of afterschool in Indiana, and how the IAN can support out-of-school time providers and their communities. “We’re working to increase access to all kinds of programs for every kid in Indiana. Our vision is that every child has access to a program if they want one,” Derrick Carnes, director of communications for the IAN, told the Tribune-Star. The gathering and was organized by Eleanor Ramseier, Executive Director of Camp Navigate and an Afterschool Alliance Afterschool Ambassador. Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett also spoke at the event about the importance of afterschool.

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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

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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

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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