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Weekly Media Roundup: September 20, 2023

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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 for jobs within the program such as helping at the front desk or working in the kitchen, and the Club also offers field trips where students explore different career paths.  “I’ve always liked working with students. I always had mentors in my career path as well. So having a mentor is definitely very important to young students and young members of the community, because sometimes some of our members might not have the opportunity to have mentors in life,” Tao Xiong, Workforce Development Director and a former student in the program, told WSAW-TV.

Program Aims to Combat Teen Violence After 4 Arrested in Killing of 15-Year-Old in Winter Haven, WFTS (Florida)

In the past week, local teenagers were involved in at least three different gun violence incidents in Polk County, Florida. “There’s a lot going on in the world, and kids need to know that there’s opportunities and hope and there’s a different path that they can take,” Ashley Ray, Vice President of Development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Polk County, told WFTS. “We serve about 3,000 (children) annually, but that’s not even the tipping point of what Polk County needs.” The Boys & Girls Clubs of Polk County is opening its tenth location in the area which will include an afterschool program for middle school students, providing them a safe, enriching  environment with positive role models.

After-School Excellence Meets Community Engagement, Daily Journal (Missouri)

At the Learning Zone After School Program in Fredericktown, Missouri, as many as 450 students take part in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities, tutoring, archery, a LEGO lab, art, Boy Scouts and more. “Our broad array of activities seems to keep students engaged,” Assistant Superintendent Shannon Henson told the Daily Journal. “We also know that after school care is needed in the community.” Funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, the program is open to all students in the community, provides daily dinners, and offers classes for adults on financial planning, fitness, and more.

After-School Program Seeks Solutions for Struggling Homeless Students, WCNC (North Carolina)

After organizing a summer camp for homeless students in Charlotte, North Carolina, Champion House of Care is opening an afterschool program this fall, offering homework assistance, reading and math enrichment, outdoor activities, and a healthy meal to homeless and low-income students. “During the summer, we found out the fifth graders were on first grade [reading] level,” Champion House of Care Founder Janette Kinard told WCNC. “They’re not doing well in school because when they get home, they don’t have the materials to do their homework with.” In 2022, approximately 23,000 homeless students were enrolled in North Carolina’s public schools.

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