Weekly Media Roundup: March 8, 2023


Weekly Media Roundup: March 8, 2023

STUDENT VOICES: We Need More Women in STEM Fields, and We Have Ideas for Making that Happen, The Hechinger Report

In a guest column for the Hechinger Report, high schoolers Henrietta Rasmusson and Emerald Yankey list three priorities for increasing women’s participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields: more afterschool and summer STEM programs, opportunities for youth to develop leadership and advocacy skills as STEM ambassadors, and caring adult mentors who create space for student leaders. Rasmusson and Yankey are members of the inaugural 2022 Million Girls Moonshot Flight Crew, a youth ambassador program. “So many of us find our spark in STEM during programs that happen outside of school,” Rasmusson and Yankey write. “Girls everywhere need access to STEM learning beyond the classroom that gives them the freedom to be curious and explore and gain confidence in STEM.”

'The Mind, Body and the Soul': After School Program Holds Self-Care Day for Kids, KETV (Nebraska)

At the DREAM afterschool program in Omaha, Nebraska, students are learning the importance of self-care through mindfulness, exercise and proper hygiene. During a recent “self-care day,” barber Taurean Breckenridge provided free haircuts to students at the program. “I know what it’s like not having a haircut when you were little. We used to get the home cuts, uneven, no line-up, you hated it,” Breckenridge told KETV. “It builds confidence with the kids too, so as long as I can help them, I try to do whatever I can.”

200 Midlands Students Receive Free Shoes, WLTX (South Carolina)

Students attending the HYPE afterschool program in Sumter, South Carolina were each given a new pair of shoes, thanks to an ongoing partnership between Sumter Palmetto Rotary Club and the school district. “We’ve had children in program who were bullied because of the shoes they had on. I’ve seen children come in with shoes that are too small or too big. During these hard economic times right now, and a parent has more than one child, sometimes it’s really difficult to have to choose between putting good shoes on their feet or feeding them,” HYPE Director Barney Gadson told WLTX. For the past three years, Sumter Palmetto Rotary Club has sponsored the “Happy Feet” shoe donation to assist families in the Sumter School District.

Breaking Barriers: SKY Soccer Club Launches Free After-School Outreach Program, WNKY-TV (Kentucky)

A new afterschool program in Bowling Green, Kentucky will give more than 60 fifth and sixth graders the opportunity to join a soccer league with fees, uniforms, equipment, and transportation provided entirely free, plus meals, life skills lessons, and homework help. The SKY Soccer program was created to eliminate barriers to participating in sports. “We’re forming budgets from scratch and finding funding from scratch because these kids would not have the opportunity to play any sports, let alone, do it for free… And so we want to impact as many kids in this community as we can,” SKY Soccer Club Administrator Keiliah Prater told WNKY-TV.

Weekly Media Roundup: May 15, 2024

This Affordable Housing Project Wasn’t Going to Happen – And Then an Unlikely Partnership Formed, Fast Company By teaming up with a new affordable housing development, the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle in New York doubled the size of its facility to 22,000 feet. The new...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/15/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 8, 2024

After-School Programs Expect to Scale Down with Pandemic Aid Ending, K-12 Dive In a new Afterschool Alliance survey of more than 8,800 afterschool programs, about 4 out of 5 providers said they were concerned about children in their communities who need afterschool not having it, and the vast...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/08/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 1, 2024

A Clovis Mother Identifies a Critical Need: More After-School Child Care, The Fresno Bee (California) In a recent guest column for the Fresno Bee, Noha Elbaz shared how post-pandemic staffing shortages at afterschool programs have impacted her family. Before COVID, her family benefited from...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/01/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 24, 2024

Nonprofit Gives Penn Hills Kids a Safe Place to Gather After School, KDKA News (Pennsylvania) At the Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens afterschool program in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, students conduct science experiments, play indoor and outdoor sports, and are paired with adult mentors who...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/24/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 17, 2024

The CARE Center Collecting Snacks, Books for Upcoming Summer Learning Program, WHNT (Alabama) In preparation for its summer learning program, the CARE Center in Huntsville, Alabama is hosting a food and book drive so each of the 300 students participating in its summer program will receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/17/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 10, 2024

Detroit Kids Dance Through School Work at After-School Program, CBS News Detroit (Michigan) At the Let’s Dance afterschool program at Detroit’s Dufree Innovation Society, students work with teaching artists on dance routines with academic concepts built in. Afterward, the same...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/11/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 3, 2024

At IPS School 43, Teaching Kids to Read is a Community Effort, WISH-TV (Indiana) At the Martin Luther King Community Center’s afterschool program in Indianapolis, Indiana, elementary school students are paired with mentors who encourage them to read through a variety of engaging...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/03/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 27, 2024

The Opp Helps Mr. Calloway’s Students Thrive, Tulsa Kids (Oklahoma) Thanks to support from The Opportunity Project, students at the Culinary Arts afterschool program at East Central Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma are practicing cooking techniques while also learning about budgeting and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/27/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 20, 2024

Matthew McConaughey and ASU Are Helping an Arizona School District. Here's How, Arizona Republic (Arizona) Matthew McConaughey and Arizona State University (ASU) have teamed up to help a Phoenix-area school district apply for federal afterschool funding included in the Bipartisan Safer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/20/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 13, 2024

English Learners Stopped Coming to Class During the Pandemic. One Group is Tackling the Problem By Helping Their Parents, Hechinger Report In North Carolina, nearly one third of English language learning students were chronically absent last year, a rate significantly higher than the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/13/24