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Weekly Media Roundup: September 21, 2022

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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 – supports that program leaders say are especially important as many students have been impacted by gun violence in their neighborhood.  Public health experts note that afterschool programs are an essential community resource that help keep kids safe and support their mental health and wellbeing in the wake of gun violence. “You have these after school programs that are helping young people just identify who they are, what is it that they can do,” Riana Elyse Anderson, researcher at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, told National Public Radio. “When they live past 18, what is it that they want to contribute to their neighborhoods, to their families, to their culture, to themselves?”

Escambia Kids Have 'Nothing to Do After' School. Children's Trust Investing $6 Million to Fix It, Pensacola News Journal (Florida)

In response to the urgent need for more out-of-school time programs, Escambia Children’s Trust in Pensacola, Florida is providing $5,840,000 in grants to support local afterschool, before-school and summer programs. This past summer, teenagers attending a Youth Summit told Children’s Trust representatives that there are not enough programs for high school students. “They kept saying, 'There's nothing for us to do. There’s nowhere for us to go. We don’t have anything to do after school,’” Children’s Trust Executive Director Tammy Greer told Pensacola News Journal. The grants will also help expand full-day preschool options in Pensacola.

Misty Copeland's New Foundation Focuses on Diversity, Equity in Dance, Fox 5 (New York)

In conjunction with the launch of her new foundation to increase diversity in dance, acclaimed American Ballet Theatre dancer Misty Copeland is opening a free 12-week afterschool program at two New York City Boys & Girls Clubs. BE BOLD (Ballet Explorations/Ballet Offers Leadership Development) will introduce students ages eight to ten to the world of ballet. “It’s really an opportunity to give young people in underrepresented and under-resourced communities an opportunity to experience the joy of ballet — making it affordable and accessible, which you don't often get with such an elite art form," Copeland told Fox 5. Copeland began ballet lessons at the age of 13 at a Boys & Girls Club in San Pedro, California and went on to become the first Black female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre.

Lowell After-School Program Aims to ‘Level the Playing Field’ for Kids Interested in STEM, The Lowell Sun (Massachusetts)

Thanks to a partnership between Kids in Tech and the Lowell Housing Authority, students living in affordable housing in Lowell, Massachusetts have access to afterschool programs offering hands-on activities in coding and robotics. “I believe that talent comes from everywhere, and every kid deserves access. Every kid, with early exposure, deserves a chance to know, ‘Oh, wow, I can be a coder. I can be an engineer. I can be a graphic designer. I can do all these things,’” Founder and CEO Olu Ibrahim told the Lowell Sun. “Our hope is to open kids’ eyes into how integrated tech is into everything and how they can build and become innovators in their own 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