Weekly Media Roundup: May 10, 2023


Weekly Media Roundup: May 10, 2023

D.O.V.E.S Afterschool Program Builds Self-Esteem, Confidence in Local Elementary Students, WMDT (Maryland)

At the D.O.V.E.S. (Daughters of Value, Excellence and Success) afterschool program in Salisbury, Maryland, young girls are empowered to be themselves and support one another and others in their community. The program was established five years ago and thanks to funding from The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, it has expanded to include more students. “It makes me feel like I can do anything I want to do without anybody telling me I can’t. It makes me feel really, really happy on the inside,” Kyra Atta-Obeng, a student, told WMDT.

Community Members, Lawmakers Rally for Permanent Childcare Funding, WMTV (Wisconsin)

In recognition of the National ‘Day Without Child Care,’ parents joined program providers and lawmakers at the Goodman Community Center in Madison, Wisconsin to highlight the importance of early childhood care and afterschool programs. Advocates spoke about the need for funding as well as increased wages for providers. Bree Bruington, who is widowed and has a child in elementary school, spoke to WMTV about how she relies on and appreciates the Wisconsin Youth Company afterschool program. “When we were home [during the pandemic] I was able to take the money I wasn’t spending on that after school program and re-donate it [back] because that’s how much I knew I needed that program to come back,” Bruington said.

Éleos After-School Program Expanding to Double the Number of Kids Served in Nicholtown, Fox Carolina (South Carolina)

The Éleos Ministry afterschool program in Greenville, South Carolina raised $200,000 in only three weeks to cover renovation costs for a new space that is four times larger than its current one. The new space will enable Éleos to double the number of students in the program and add more physical activities such as dance classes. “The waitlist has been growing and growing,” co-founder Cameron Hill told Fox Carolina. “We’re looking to expand our program to create that space for all those students who are interested in joining.” The afterschool program provides tutoring, mentorship, and fun activities such as basketball for middle and high school students.

Be Remarkable: Founder of Local Non-Profit Academy Honored for Keeping Learning and Fun Going for Students, KBTX-TV (Texas)

At the Byrd Academy, a free afterschool and summer program in Bryan, Texas, students explore a wide variety of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) topics including software, design, manufacturing, 3D printing, electronics and more through hands-on activities. The program was created by Mickie Byrd, a software engineer who both funds the program and serves as an on-site instructor. KBTX-TV recently recognized Byrd with the Be Remarkable Award for his work to increase educational equity in his community. “A lot of students don’t have access to STEM. They see it in their school, and a lot of them feel like STEM is not for me, but STEM is for everybody,” Byrd told KBTX-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