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Weekly Media Roundup: November 22, 2023

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Weekly Media Roundup: November 22, 2023

Bend Park District Helps Student Workers with College Tuition, The Bulletin (Oregon)

At Bend Park and Recreation District’s Kids Inc. afterschool program, college students from Central Oregon Community College (COCC) and Oregon State University-Cascades are leading STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) activities, organizing group games, and promoting social emotional learning each day after school. Not only do the college students receive an hourly paycheck as youth leaders but they also earn up to $5,250 in tuition assistance per year. “I feel like when [college students] help kids and families, it helps them focus on education. They stay in school ‘cause they have less debt to worry about,” Sue Boettner, recreation services manager for Bend Park and Recreation District, told The Bulletin. “It’s a big help to us, ‘cause we’re hiring kids that are in school...We get kids that are committed to bettering themselves, getting an education, but this gives them some really good valuable experience.”

Macklemore Spotlights Seattle Teens in Recovery with After School Program, King 5 (Washington)

The Bridges afterschool program in Seattle provides teens who are in recovery from addiction with a safe, sober space to connect with peers and mentors.  Recently, the rap star Macklemore, whose real name is Ben Haggarty, has used his platform to highlight and fundraise for the program. “Bridges is doing an amazing job with the activities, with the meetings that they're doing, giving kids something to do that's clean and sober,” Haggarty, who has shared his personal struggles with substance abuse, told King 5. “I think that that's what we as human beings are striving for, is to be seen and heard as part of a community.”

After-school Program Helps Students Level Up in Math and English, Spectrum News 1 (Kentucky)

Students at the Jefferson County Public School’s Elev8 afterschool program in Louisville, Kentucky take part in music, dance, STEAM (science, technology, art, engineering and math) activities, and more each day. The program was launched in 2022 to support and engage students who have failed classes, missed a significant number of school days or who have fallen behind in math and English skills. “Of course there’s going to be math, science, English, social studies. Those are the basic classes that students will have in school, regardless of age. But with these different activities and funds that we have here at Elev8, we might introduce a student to their career,” teacher Michael Zachary told Spectrum News 1.

Girls Inc. of Santa Barbara Mentors Girls in a Safe, Inclusive, Pro-Girl Environment, Noozhawk (California)

Since 1958, Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara, California, has provided a safe, supportive pro-girl environment for kindergarteners through sixth graders. “Our mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold,” Roxanne Pereira, lead program facilitator at Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara, told Noozhawk. “Our evidence-based programming provides opportunities for girls to follow their curiosities, cultivate their strengths and build leadership skills.” Students get academic support, participate in sports, and take part in STEAM activities.

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

Weekly Media Roundup: March 6, 2024

Charlotte Afterschool Program Aims to Break Cycle of Youth Crime and Violence, WBTV (North Carolina) In response to the 33 percent rise in juvenile gun violence in Charlotte, North Carolina, county leaders presented The Way Forward plan to city council members this week. The plan includes...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/06/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 28, 2024

Program Designed to Boost Reading Rates in NW Tallahassee is Reaching More Students, WTXL (Florida) At Springwood Elementary School’s afterschool program in Tallahassee, Florida, students are paired with volunteers from United Way’s ReadingPals program, working together to improve...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/28/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 21, 2024

Missoula After-School Program for BIPOC Youth Creating Next Generation of Leaders, KTVQ-TV (Montana) At the Association for BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) Youth afterschool program in Missoula, Montana, students of color build community, take part in mindfulness activities, and develop...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/21/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 14, 2024

Viewpoint: Invest in Out-of-School Programs to Help Solve State’s Educational Challenges, South Bend Tribune (Indiana) Indiana lawmakers are considering continuing the state’s pandemic-era investments in out-of-school time learning, including afterschool and summer learning programs....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/14/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 7, 2024

Rangers Star Welcomes Kids to the Ice in After School Program, NBC4 (New York) With help from a donation from the Garden of Dreams Foundation, 50 students in the WHEDco (Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation) afterschool program in the South Bronx are lacing up skates and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/07/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 31, 2024

Advocates of Afterschool Opportunities Rally in Albany for $119M Funding Boost, Spectrum News 1 (New York) On Tuesday, afterschool leaders, students, and lawmakers gathered in Albany, New York to press for an additional $119 million in state funding to ensure universal access to afterschool. At...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/31/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 24, 2024

'Articulate Their Pain': Preventing Teen Suicide Through the Power of Music, Spectrum News 1 (North Carolina) DDAAT-App, a mental health nonprofit with an afterschool program in Charlotte, North Carolina, is partnering with The Bridge, a music studio, to give students access to recording...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/24/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 17, 2024

Bessie Coleman After School Aviation Program to be Tested in Oklahoma, General Aviation News (Oklahoma) Sixth and 7th graders in Tulsa, Oklahoma are exploring careers in aerospace and aeronautics by building planes, flying drones, and participating in other hands-on projects thanks to a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/17/24