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Weekly Media Roundup: October 25, 2023

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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 Westside YMCA. The new campus in Addis, Louisiana will offer tutoring, academic mentorship, and skills development for eighth- and ninth-graders. “The mentoring component provides our students with role models and allows them to discuss real-life situations with adults who can provide perspective to assist them in their personal growth,” IPSB Superintendent Louis M. Voiron Jr. told the Plaquemine Post South. “This partnership is an example of working with the community as a whole for the betterment of our students’ educational experience.”

How First Tee of Sacramento Helps Local Kids Learn Life Skills, The Game of Golf and More, Sacramento Bee (California)

At First Tee of Sacramento afterschool and summer programs, thousands of students learn the essentials of golf while building character and life skills. First Tee’s Sacramento chapter is one of the program’s largest nationally, with more than 58,000 kids enrolled each year. Through partnerships with more than 125 local schools and programs, roughly 56,000 of those enrolled play for free. First Tee’s primary goal is to instill its nine core values of respect, courtesy, responsibility, honesty, sportsmanship, confidence, judgment, perseverance, and integrity. Anna-Marie Stouder, the mother of two teens in First Tee, told the Sacramento Bee, “Raising teenagers is hard. And so to have the extra support of an organization like First Tee, who pours into your kids and gives them these extra values of leadership and teach them skills like communication…. First Tee is more than about golf, it’s really a family.

Lebanon School District Receives Grant for Before and After School Program, KY3 (Missouri)

Thanks to a $2 million grant, the Lebanon School District in Missouri will be able to keep its before- and afterschool program running for at least another five years. Equaling out to $400,000 each year over the next five years, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant will help the Jacket SWARM program in Lebanon, Missouri pay staff wages, invest in professional development for teachers and provide STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) opportunities for students. “I was excited because that’s going to open up a lot of opportunities for our students to experience things and engage in some things that they don’t get to do during the regular school day,” Jacket SWARM director, Jaymes Wapp told KY3. The program has more 500 students enrolled in its before- and afterschool programs.

Council Member Won Announces $300K in Funding for New After-School Program and Upgrades at LIC School, Long Island City Post (New York)

With support from the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens and Primary/Intermediate School 78, New York City Council Member Julie Won secured $300,000 in funding for a new afterschool program and upgrades to the public school in Queens, New York. The majority of the funding will go toward establishing an afterschool program with the Variety Boys & Girls Club. “Thanks to Council Member Won, the children of P.S. 78 will have access to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), arts, athletics, and the myriad of programs Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens provides on a daily basis,” Costa Constantinides, CEO of the Variety Boys & Girls Club, told the Long Island City Post. Additional funding will go to technology upgrades in the school as well as additional art programming.

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

Weekly Media Roundup: January 10, 2024

Glendale Middle School Coach Who Inspires All Gifted With Dream Team Surprise, Fox 13 (Utah) This week, Fox 13’s “Dream Team” in Salt Lake City surprised Glendale Middle School physical education teacher, coach and afterschool program director Lucas Tucker at a school assembly...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/10/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 3, 2024

Robbinsville Extended Day Program is Much More than Childcare, Communitynews.org (New Jersey) At the Sharon Elementary School’s Robbinsville Extended Day (RED) program in New Jersey, students take part in yoga, financial literacy courses, robotics, cooking classes, sign language...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/03/24

Weekly Media Roundup: December 20, 2023

Numerous Metro Detroit Before- and After-School Programs to Receive Portion of $50M MiLEAP Grant, WXYZ (Michigan) Thanks to $50 million in grants from the Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP), 67,000 Michigan students will be able to attend...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/20/23

Weekly Media Roundup: December 13, 2023

Federal Grant Helps Restart University of Tulsa Partnership With Kendall-Whittier Elementary, Tulsa World (Oklahoma) Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, college students from the University of Tulsa will once again help lead the Youth Scholars afterschool program at...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/13/23

Weekly Media Roundup: December 6, 2023

Wakeman Boys & Girls Club's Financial Literacy Program Aims to Give Bridgeport Teens Life Skills, The Register Citizen (Connecticut) Teens in Bridgeport, Connecticut will learn about credit cards, loans, budgeting, college financial planning and more as part of Wakeman Boys & Girls...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/06/23

Weekly Media Roundup: November 29, 2023

Tackling Absenteeism: Kalamazoo Schools and Community Programs Unite to Keep Students Engaged, WWMT (Michigan) With absenteeism at a historic high of 27 percent in 2022, Kalamazoo Public Schools in Michigan are working with local afterschool programs to develop relationships, improve attendance,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      11/29/23

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,...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      11/22/23