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Weekly Media Roundup: November 9, 2022

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Weekly Media Roundup: November 9, 2022

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 outdoor classrooms and building large wooden forts, thanks to a new afterschool program at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center. The center established the program to address the need for more equitable and inclusive programs for low-income students. “We aim to provide access to students who have historically been left out of nature-based opportunities, as well as focus on providing care for families who need five day per week afterschool support due to work schedules,” Melissa Salisbury, the center’s program impact and inclusion manager, told the Wisconsin State Journal. In addition to offering financial assistance, the center also provides transportation from two partnering elementary schools.

High Need Prompts Bolivar Church to Start After-School Program, OzarksFirst (Missouri)

In response to the unmet demand for afterschool programs in their rural community, the Heights Church in Bolivar, Missouri is renovating its facility so it can offer an afterschool program for elementary and middle school students. “I think the bigger issue for a lot of families is the lack of resources in smaller communities,” Matt Bunn, pastor at the Heights Church, told OzarksFirst. “It’s a lot of work to put on an afterschool program. It’s expensive, takes a lot of different resources.” The program will provide tutoring, mentoring and healthy snacks and will include transportation from local schools.

B.R. Ryall YMCA partners with Alive Center to Bring Teen After-School Program to Glen Ellyn, Daily Herald (Illinois)

Using a ‘teen-led, teen-driven’ model focused on mentorship, healthy recreation, and leadership opportunities, the Alive Center in DuPage County, Illinois will partner with the B.R. Ryall YMCA of Northwestern DuPage County to create an afterschool program designed to support teen’s mental health. “We are really excited to bring our proven model of engaging with teens to the B.R. Ryall YMCA. We find ourselves in the middle of a youth mental health crisis,” Alive Center founder and CEO Kandice Henning told the Daily Herald. “The partnership with the YMCA aligns with the Alive Center's desire to leverage its model to benefit more youth in areas beyond its current coverage of Naperville, Aurora and Hanover Park."

Hillcrest Junior High Students Connect with Teachers, Peers through After-School Program, The City Journals (Utah)

Whether they’re learning how to ride a bike, writing fiction, building social-emotional skills by playing Dungeons & Dragons, or exploring math concepts not taught in class in the Math Olympiad, students in Hillcrest Junior High’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program are discovering their passions and developing new skills. The free program also includes academic support from the school’s teachers and a sack dinner. “I think the after-school program is creating a safe place where they can meet together and hang out and get to do experiences like this with friends,” teacher Jen Allred-Salvesen told the Murray Journal. “This is a healthy way of being able to grow and learn and be with each other in positive ways. It builds community in our school.”

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