Weekly Media Roundup: October 19, 2022


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 an average attendance rate of nearly 88 percent. “I'm thrilled to see the record-high attendance,” Boston Public School Superintendent Mary Skipper told WBUR. “Knowing that our students came to the programs and were fully engaged — that's a critical indicator of success.” Many programs drew on temporary federal pandemic relief aid this year, and the state of Massachusetts plans to invest additional funds next summer to help make up the difference.

Cheyenne River Youth Project Reopens “The Main” After-School program, DRG News (South Dakota)

After being closed for two years due to COVID, the Cheyenne River Youth Project reopened “The Main” youth center in early October. Children ages four to 12 will once again participate in physical fitness opportunities and Lakota culture activities including culinary and art classes. “When we first opened the doors in 1988, we were a one-room, volunteer-run youth center in a former bar on Main Street. We focused on providing safe spaces, positive mentors, and healthy meals and snacks for our vulnerable young children, who too often didn’t have anywhere else to go after school,” Executive Director Julie Garreau told DRG News. “Even after all these years, we feel the heart of our mission when we play with the little ones, help them with their homework, and see their joy when they share a meal, a birthday party or a special occasion with us and their friends.”

California’s College Corps is Off and Running, Daily Democrat (California)

As afterschool programs across the country continue to struggle with staffing shortages, CaliforniansForAll College Corp is sending more than a thousand college volunteers to afterschool programs and public schools throughout the state. The new state-funded initiative, similar to AmeriCorp, has selected 3,250 students from California state and community colleges to serve as College Corp fellows, volunteering at K-12 education programs, climate initiatives and food insecurity efforts. Approximately half of this year’s fellows will work in afterschool programs and public schools. “[College] students are thirsty for this. They want to serve, to create change, to be involved and give back,” Josh Fryday, California’s Chief Service Officer, told the Daily Democrat. “And I think it’s incumbent upon our leaders to create the opportunities for them to do so.”

Afterschool Program Returns to Monroeville Public Library, Trib Live (Pennsylvania)

The Monroeville Public Library in Pennsylvania reopened its free teen afterschool program after a two year pause due to COVID – and this year, for the first time, it is serving middle schoolers. Students in the program connect with AmeriCorps mentors, get help with homework, and explore new interests through a wide range of hands-on activities. “We have all of the library’s resources at our disposal,” Pamela Bodziock, assistant director and teen services librarian, told Trib Live. “We’ve done painting. We’ve done stop-motion animation. We do cooking and baking, tie dying, jewelry making. We have holiday parties. There was one year where they built a gaming computer from scratch.”

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