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Weekly Media Roundup: November 2, 2022

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Weekly Media Roundup: November 2, 2022

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, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has pledged to donate to Philadelphia’s Mighty Writers afterschool program, as part of a friendly bet between Mayor Turner and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. Mayor Kenney included the program as part of the terms for the bet last week. Mighty Writers founder Tim Whitaker told WHYY, “I don’t know the mayor personally. I had a conversation with him a couple of years ago — a very brief conversation about his interest in reading for kids and writing. We were surprised.” The program, which serves more than 5,000 students throughout the city, focuses on writing projects geared to students’ interests.

Nonprofit’s Focus on Social Skills Leads to Academic Improvement at These Fort Worth Schools, Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)

For nearly 50 years, Clayton Youth Enrichment has provided free and reduced cost before- and afterschool programming in schools throughout Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to receiving healthy meals and homework assistance, students participate in leadership, independence and mindfulness activities that help strengthen their social and emotional skills. “We are giving them those tools to settle disagreements, giving them the tools to say I’m not OK with this and saying do you understand me and asking others to respect what I say,” Margaret McGee-Harris, program director, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Ridgedale Launched Afterschool Program Through 21st Century Grant, Marion Star (Ohio)

Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, the Ridgedale School District in Morral, Ohio is opening two new before- and afterschool programs for third through eighth graders. Students will take part in hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities, social-emotional learning activities and receive tutoring support at the free programs. “Our goal is to always help [students] become better humans, and we now have the ability to extend our school day and provide that safe place for our kids to be - either to get some additional help or to engage in some enriching activities to meet some goals of our own,” Ridgedale Elementary School Principal Jessica Parthemore told the Marion Star. The Ridgedale School District also received a Summer Learning and Afterschool Opportunities Grant through the Ohio Department of Education to open an afterschool program for kindergarteners through second graders.

Team Work: Washington Teachers, LeMoyne Center Collaborate on After-School Program, Observer-Reporter (Pennsylvania)

Students in the Homework and More afterschool program at LeMoyne Community Center in Washington, Pennsylvania get tutoring from certified teachers thanks to a partnership with Washington School District, where most of its students attend school.  Afterward, students eat a hot meal and explore a wide variety of hands-on activities including art, Zumba, STEM, baking, financial literacy, African drumming and more. “We’re elated to have the relationship with the LeMoyne Community Center,” Washington School District Superintendent George Lammay told the Observer-Reporter. “It is a longstanding community organization that has been a blessing to our kids. It’s tied our two organizations more closely together, and this continues our efforts to strengthen our bond as we strive in the same direction for our kids.”

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