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Weekly Media Roundup: October 19, 2022

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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 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