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Weekly Media Roundup: September 14, 2022

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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 out-of-school time programs across the country are incorporating social and emotional learning activities and increasing access to mental health professionals as students cope with the ongoing impacts of the pandemic. Advocates say states should leverage Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Response (ESSER) funds to support these efforts. ESSER funds “are providing mental health services and support — with set-asides for Black and brown youth — during school, after school, over the summer and virtually,” Pam McNall, founder and CEO of Respectful Ways, told Youth Today. “When students don’t have adequate access to mental health care, they don’t have the foundation they need to support them to learn well.”

Haywood County Rec Partnership Provides After-School Youth with Outdoor Adventure, The Mountaineer (North Carolina)

Thanks to a new partnership with Haywood County Recreation and Parks, First United Methodist Church (FUMC)’s free afterschool program in Waynesville, North Carolina, offered flyfishing, mountain biking and hiking outings this past spring. The outdoor adventures were well received by the middle school students attending the program and will be offered again this fall. “I heard nothing but positive feedback from students and parents. Both students and parents were very appreciative of the opportunities,” Anna Belle Lamar, director of youth outreach at FUMC, told the Mountaineer. “After fly fishing lessons, a student who lived close to the Rec Park started going down to fish on his own.”

Black Families Report High Unmet Demand, Barriers to Entry for After School Programs, Word in Black

Fifty-four percent of Black families would enroll their children in an afterschool program if one were available to them, a recent Afterschool Alliance survey found, with families citing lack of transportation, inadequate hours of operation, long waitlists and cost as significant barriers. Program leaders and experts say the disproportionate unmet demand for afterschool in Black communities widens the opportunity gap for students. “It’s missing out on an invaluable learning time where they could be finding new passions, figuring out what they want, the career path that they see themselves in, connecting with caring adults and mentors,” Nikki Yamashiro, vice president of research at the Afterschool Alliance, told Word in Black.

Knoxville After-School Program Expands to Help More At-Risk Kiids, WATE-TV (Tennessee)

The Thrive afterschool program in Knoxville, Tennessee is expanding its successful program to five sites this fall. Students will participate in a variety of engaging activities, receive homework help and have dinner together each day after school. “[In] a lot of cases there’s more than a one to one ratio of volunteers and interns to a student, and I’ve seen incredible outcomes as our students have gone on to college,” Holly Kizer, a grant writer for Thrive, told WATE-TV. “In 2021 we had 80 percent of our seniors go to college which is unheard of in these communities, so we are truly invested in every area of these students’ lives.”

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