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Weekly Media Roundup: May 22, 2019

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 22, 2019

South Philly Students Write Their Own Children’s Books, Catholic Philly (Pennsylvania)

The new library at the St. Gabriel Out-of-School Time (OST) program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania features many books written by the program’s own students. Operated by Catholic Social Services, St. Gabriel OST is a year-round afterschool program focused on academic, social and recreational support for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students recently created their own books through the “Write Brain” program, which uses illustrated templates to help students develop their creativity and literacy skills. “I was emotional when I saw the books,” OST Group Leader Janet Reda told Catholic Philly. “I filled up. The kids were so into this, especially the younger ones.”

Punching Out Violence, Beloit Daily News (Wisconsin)

Each weeknight, teenagers in Beloit, Wisconsin gather in the ROJAS Boxing Gym to interact with mentors and learn social and emotional skills through boxing. Program founder Markese Terrell created the program after his cousin was killed while observing a street fight. Terrell hopes the program will create a safe environment for young people to process their emotions. Program volunteers check in with the students’ schools to ensure they are succeeding academically as well. “In boxing, if you get hit in the face you can't get mad or it will throw off your boxing style,” 14-year-old Nahcere Smith told the Beloit Daily News. “This is a place to learn how to cope with my anger, train, fight legally and get off the streets.”

Be Kind: Dance to Unite Teaches Kindness Through Dance, ABC 7 (New York)

At eight afterschool programs in New York City, students learn about cultures different from their own through dancing. The dances are led by Dance to Unite, a nonprofit that teaches students dance styles ranging from Bollywood to ballroom in order to promote cultural awareness and kindness. Dance to Unite starts each session with a “Circle Talk” during which facilitators emphasize the value of diversity. “If we can start when they’re young to open their minds to acceptance and compassion and giving and bonding and unity, we can really make it a better world,” founder Galit Adani told ABC 7.

Gulfton Area Nonprofit CHAT Holding Summer Academy Camp for Children, Houston Chronicle (Texas)

During the school year, Culture of Health – Advancing Together (CHAT) operates an afterschool program for immigrant and refugee students that includes homework help, photography, music and more. With summer approaching, the nonprofit has developed the Summer CHAT Academy, a series of camps that will offer math and reading instruction, elective activities and hot meals. Activities including field trips, baking classes and play production are intended to help immigrant students – some of whom have arrived in the United States very recently – learn English, integrate socially and build a community. “We realized that these are the children who are missing out on things and are deprived of things that others would have. We do not want the children to be running around unattended, and not having structured activities,” CHAT founder Aisha Siddiqui told the Houston Chronicle.

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Total Trek Quest Announces New Virtual Summer Program, ABC 13 (Michigan) Total Trek Quest engages boys in third through fifth grades in Grand Rapids, Michigan with afterschool programming focused on goal setting, social-emotional learning, physical activity and health education. This summer,...

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Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Youth Stay Active With Virtual Services, Encinitas Advocate (California) While in-person programming is suspended due to the pandemic, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sandieguito in California is offering tutoring, music classes and sports practice to keep...

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 27, 2020

L.A. School District Plans Star-Studded Summer Learning for Students — with James Cameron Teaching ‘Titanic’ and a Book Group with Alicia Keys and Others, The Washington Post This summer, students in Los Angeles will learn to draw and animate from the studio behind...

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 20, 2020

Burlington Provides Care at School — or at Home — for Essential Workers' Kids, Seven Days (Vermont) Afterschool staff and paraeducators are providing a safe, enriching learning environment for children of essential workers in Burlington, Vermont while schools and afterschool...

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 13, 2020

OCCA Develops “Art Kits” For 21st Century After School Program, The News Guard (Oregon) This school year, the Sam Case Elementary 21st Century Afterschool Program in Newport, Oregon partnered with the Oregon Coast Council of the Arts (OCCA) to facilitate four-week art classes for...

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 6, 2020

Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Program Makes House Calls, Augusta Free Press (Virginia) On Monday, the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Adventure Club in Augusta County, Virginia delivered care packages to students. They included handwritten notes, sidewalk chalk, and materials...

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Weekly Media Roundup: April 29, 2020

YMCA to Finish '7 Habits of Happy Kids' Series Via Video, The Sentinel-Record (Arkansas) This year, the Hot Springs Family YMCA Successful Children Out-of-School Recreation and Education (S.C.O.R.E.) afterschool program in Arkansas has facilitated a social-emotional learning series...

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Weekly Media Roundup: April 15, 2020

After School Program Adjusting to Help Kids When There’s No School, QuadCities.com (Iowa) While in-person programming is suspended due to coronavirus, the Spring Forward afterschool program in the Quad Cities region of Iowa has launched Spring Forward At Home. Through a partnership with...

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Weekly Media Roundup, April 8, 2020

With Coronavirus Shuttering Its After-School Program, South Reading Youth Initiative Sends Help to Students' Homes, Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania) At the South Reading Youth Initiative afterschool program in Reading, Pennsylvania, about 100 first and second grade school students receive...

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