LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
YMCA’s “Find My Genius” Now an After-School Program, Citizens Journal (California)
With a grant from California’s Expanded Learning Opportunities Program, the Southeast Ventura County YMCA has transformed its Find My Genius summer enrichment program into an afterschool program for Conejo Valley elementary schools. This spring, the five-week pilot program is providing educational, social and emotional support along with homework help to Title 1 students and English-language learners each day after school. “It’s been our dream to offer Find My Genius during the school year,” Megan Glynn, YMCA’s Chief Development Officer, told the Citizens Journal. “This is the first step.” Next fall, the YMCA will partner with Conejo Valley Unified and Las Virgenes Unified school districts to offer Find My Genius at even more schools.
New Program Aims to Stop Gun Violence at Albuquerque High School, KRQE (New Mexico)
The Albuquerque, New Mexico, Community Safety Department is launching a pilot anti-violence program at West Mesa High School that provides afterschool programming as well as a case manager for students at risk for gun violence. The program was developed in response to increased violence at local schools. “One of the limitations that West Mesa was seeing was that their consolers [who] are in school already and doing a wonderful job at primary prevention, cannot always do that intensive work with the families at home,” Albuquerque Community Safety Violence Intervention Deputy Director Gerri Bachicha told KRQE. Participants include students returning to school after long-term suspensions or expulsions.
New afterschool program models a Rockford area summer program, Northern Public Radio (Illinois)
Since 2020, the New Genres Art Space, Fairgrounds Boys & Girls Club, and Rockford Area Arts Council have offered the NEW WAYS summer program to give students exposure to digital art, animation, 3-D design, printing, and more. “We only hit a percentage of the students who are at the Boys and Girls Club in the summer. Right? It's hit or miss. People are outside playing football, going on vacation, things like that,” New Genres Co-Founder Jason Judd told Northern Public Radio. But now, thanks to a $50,000 Regrow grant, funded by the City of Rockford’s 3% tax on adult-use cannabis sales, organizers will offer these activities as an afterschool program at the Fairgrounds Boys & Girls Club beginning in September.
New after school program in Hopewell gives youth alternative environment after school, NBC12 (Virginia)
The WELL (Wisdom, Equity, Love and Laughter) afterschool program has opened in Hopewell, thanks to a partnership between the Hopewell City Council and Hopewell School Board. The program provides a safe space, a kitchen and coffee shop where student learn from chefs how to cook, mentoring, job training, a study room, state-of-the-art game room, weight room, and more. “It’s definitely needed in our city,” Hopewell Public Schools Superintendent Melody Hackney told NBC12. “We’re a small city. Some of the kids just find themselves at the wrong place at the wrong time.” The school system is providing transportation to the free program, which already has a waiting list.
DC Awards Millions in Grants to After-School Programs, WTOP (District of Columbia)
At GALA Hispanic Theatre’s Paso Nuevo afterschool program in Washington, DC, high school students learn the...
Hillsborough Teens Offer After-School Lessons, and Get Something in Return, Tampa Bay Times (Florida)
At the Hillsborough Out of School Time program in Seminole, Florida, elementary school...
Gulf Shores 'Beyond the Bell' Program Offers Afterschool Programs, Orange Beach News (Alabama)
At the Beyond the Bell afterschool program in Gulf Shores, Alabama, students participate in a...
Aldo Leopold Nature Center Reaches Out with After-School Program, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin)
Elementary school students in Monona, Wisconsin are enjoying long hikes, clearing woods for...
If the Phillies Win, So Do the Mighty Writers. Mayor Kenney’s Bet Could Pay Off for the After-School Writing Program, WHYY (Pennsylvania)
If the Philadelphia Phillies win the World Series,...
Central Ohio Youth, First Responder Mentors Kick Off After School All Stars program, WSYX (Ohio)
For the second year in a row, After School All Stars in Columbus, Ohio is partnering with Columbus...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
YMCA gives kids ‘a dose of normal,’ Martha’s Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
To help students overcome isolation and disconnection, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is providing in-person programming for students each afternoon. The program provides enrichment activities and...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/13/21