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Weekly Media Roundup: May 3, 2023

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 3, 2023

Rally at the Capitol for Funding Afterschool Programs, Fox 43 (Pennsylvania)

Afterschool providers, parents and advocates gathered on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg today to urge the state legislature to pass House Bill 795, which would provide state funding for afterschool programs. “Pennsylvania is only one in 18 states that [does] not have state funding [for afterschool] in its budget, so that’s why it’s really important that this legislation is supported and we get our advocacy out there,” Contrell Armor, director of the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network, told Fox 43.  The event included remarks from Lieutenant Governor Austin Davis as well as several state representatives, advocates, educators and youth.

Livingston’s Budding Artists: Students Learn to Create Art After School, Cody Enterprise (Wyoming)

With guidance from local artist Brian Timmer, students attending Livingston School’s afterschool program are creating a large mural to welcome visitors to their school in Cody, Wyoming. Timmer and his wife Betsy, also an artist, worked with the elementary school students to brainstorm ideas for the landscape painting while also teaching them the fundamentals of art and color design. “I love it because it helps me calm down and is really nice doing this and drawing,” second-grader Madeline Whisenhunt told Cody Enterprise. “I’ve learned some new things that were a challenge.”

After-School Boys’ Program Strives to Mold Boys Into Well-Rounded People: Cleveland’s Promise, Cleveland.com (Ohio)

At Almira Elementary School’s afterschool program in Cleveland, Ohio, male students are exploring potential careers, learning life skills and taking part in social and emotional learning in a safe, nurturing environment. The boys’ club is specifically designed for young boys from Cleveland’s underserved neighborhoods to help them pursue their dreams. “We have a job to teach the next generation of youth, and my goal is to send them better than they came,” Eric Beal, program coordinator and instructional aide at the program, told Cleveland.com. “And you don’t know what moment, what word really changes a person. But I just hope that I say something that changes them.”

Expanding After-School, Summer Learning, Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico)

In a recent guest column in the Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales and New Mexico Out-of-School Time Network Executive Director May Sagbakken highlight the $20 million the state appropriated for afterschool and summer learning programs this year. Twenty thousand children will benefit from the state’s investment. “The new funding comes at a critical time. Far too many of our children and youth are struggling today with serious issues impacting their mental health, learning and futures,” Sagbakken and Morales write. “The positive outcomes of quality after-school and summer learning programs are undeniable…. Still, too many children, especially in rural in New Mexico, have been left out for too long.”

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