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Weekly Media Roundup: May 18, 2022

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 18, 2022

Clark, Champaign Organizations Awarded Grants for Student Academic Needs, Well-Being, Springfield News-Sun (Ohio)

Thanks to a $2.1 million Summer Learning and Afterschool Opportunities grant from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), the Champaign Family YMCA and Graham Local School District will expand their afterschool and summer programs to a greater number of elementary, middle school and high school students. Activities will include math and reading enrichment programs, engaging life skills activities, community service projects, career exploration and parental support. “This additional funding from ODE will enable us to expand these existing programs, touch lives and positively support the future needs of students in the Graham Local School District,” Lori Garrison, Graham Local Schools grant manager and Afterschool Ambassador, told the Springfield News-Sun.

Scholarship, Internship Program Offered to Boost Bend Afterschool Staffing, Central Oregon Daily News (Oregon)

To boost hiring amidst a staffing shortage, the Bend Parks and Recreation (BRPD)’s Kids Inc. afterschool program is partnering with Oregon State University-Cascades (OSU-Cascades), Central Oregon Community College (COCC), and the Bend-La Pine School District. Starting this fall, students at OSU-Cascades and COCC will be awarded scholarships for serving as youth recreation leaders in the program, in addition to the program’s hourly wage. High schoolers will also receive course credit for completing paid internships with the program. “Kids Inc. has provided aftercare at most Bend elementary schools for more than 30 years and the need for school-age afterschool care has never been higher,” BPRD Recreation Services Director Matt Mercer told Central Oregon Daily News.  “Working parents feel this need acutely and we must do more to strengthen and retain the workforce charged with this important after school enrichment activity.”

Barnett Shoals Elementary Boys Learn Responsibility, Respect in Boys to Men Program, Athens Banner-Herald (Georgia)

At Barnett Shoals Elementary School’s Boys to Men afterschool program in Athens, Georgia, students enjoy learning valuable life skills in a supportive environment. “I have learned how to be more accountable, how to be more respectful to other people, and how to be more responsible with my actions," fourth grader Ayden Stephens told the Athens Banner-Herald. After participating in a recent school play, Stephens said, “I got a lot of compliments because I was amazing, I was into it, and I was feeling it. Boys to Men helped me with public speaking so I wasn’t nervous at all.”

Don't Tell the Kids, but Halfway Home Pueblo's Summer Program is Educational, Too, The Pueblo Chieftain (Colorado)

This summer, students in the Halfway Home Pueblo summer learning program in Colorado will learn to make pizza, visit the Pueblo Zoo, go swimming, do arts and crafts, work with tutors and mentors one-on-one, and more. “It’s a fun six weeks and every day there is something good to do. We usually have 95% attendance because the kids don’t want to miss out,” Founder William Wright told the Pueblo Chieftain. Halfway Home Pueblo also operates an afterschool program during the school year, and both programs are free.

Weekly Media Roundup: October 19, 2022

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

Weekly Media Roundup: October 12, 2022

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

Weekly Media Roundup: October 5, 2022

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

Weekly Media Roundup: September 28, 2022

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

Weekly Media Roundup: September 21, 2022

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

Weekly Media Roundup: September 14, 2022

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

Weekly Media Roundup: September 7, 2022

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

Weekly Media Roundup: August 31, 2022

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

Weekly Media Roundup: August 24, 2022

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

Weekly Media Roundup: August 17, 2022

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