Weekly Media Roundup: May 3, 2023


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, (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 “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: October 25, 2023

Iberville Coalition Launches Baton Rouge Youth Coalition Satellite Campus, Plaquemine Post South (Louisiana) In September, the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC) partnered with Dow Louisiana, the Iberville Parish School Board (IPSB), and the YMCA to open its first satellite campus at the Dow...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/25/23

Weekly Media Roundup: October 18, 2023

Participation in Boston Summer Learning Programs Reached All-Time High This Year, WBUR (Massachusetts) This past summer, nearly one in four Boston youths between the ages of five and 14 participated in the city’s educational summer programs and many of the programs were provided at no...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/18/23

Weekly Media Roundup: October 11, 2023

Monte Vista Gets AT&T Support for After-School Learning Lab, Alamosa Citizen (Colorado) Thanks to a $35,000 AT&T Foundation grant, the Monte Vista Kids Connection afterschool program in San Luis Valley, Colorado is purchasing much needed laptops and software for students attending the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/11/23

Weekly Media Roundup: October 4, 2023

N.Y. Afterschool Programs Work to Support Academic, Emotional Needs, Spectrum News 1 (New York) Afterschool programs across New York State are helping students catch up on academics while addressing their emotional needs. Rural communities tend to have fewer after school options because many are...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/04/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 27, 2023

After-School Program Helping Kids ‘Kick’ Off Their Future, WKBN-TV (Ohio) The Concept Young Scholars Program at the Horizon Science Academy in Youngstown, Ohio, which helps students with homework and focuses on building confidence, advancing volunteerism, and overcoming academic...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/27/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 20, 2023

Boys & Girls Club Wausau Offering After School Programs to Prepare Students for Future, WSAW-TV (Wisconsin) Career exploration and workforce development is a major focus of the Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area’s afterschool program in Wisconsin. Students can apply and interview...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/20/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 13, 2023

Afterschool Program Helps Madison Students Breathe for Change, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin) At the Meadowood Neighborhood Center’s afterschool program in Madison, Wisconsin, students learn to reduce stress by controlling their breathing, practicing yoga, reading books to therapy...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/13/23

Weekly Media Roundup: September 6, 2023

Skateboarding, Cooking, Ceramics: After School Programs at Monterey Trail Help Students Find Hobbies, CBS Sacramento (California) At the ASSETs (After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens) program at Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove, California, more than 200 teens access tutoring...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/06/23

Weekly Media Roundup: August 30, 2023

Oldest Home in Spartanburg Gets $200K for Transformation in an After-School Program, WSPA (South Carolina) Built in the late 1700s, the Seay House in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is undergoing a major renovation this fall and will reopen as the Brown Girls Read afterschool program early next...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/30/23

Weekly Media Roundup: August 16, 2023

4-H Can Help Find That Spark, Richmond Register (Kentucky) “In a world full of talents, interests and qualities, everyone has a unique inner fire that gives them joy, purpose, and direction. 4-H calls these ‘sparks,’ representing passion, energy and self-identity, not just...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/16/23