LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Staying Active: McAllen Club Navigating COVID Fears, Funding Cuts, The Monitor (Texas)
With strong community support, the Boys and Girls Club of McAllen, Texas has been able to keep its doors open throughout the pandemic. “Financially, the local community has stepped up,” Dalinda Gonzalez-Alcantar, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of McAllen, told the Monitor. “I will also say that the city of McAllen has stepped up, and also McAllen ISD.” With the additional funding, the program has continued to serve approximately 1,000 students a day at its afterschool programs and 1,500 children at its athletic programs.
After-School Program Cultivates Safe, Brave Space to Nurture Healthy and Positive Growth for Young Leaders, Las Cruces Sun News (New Mexico)
The Tloke Nauoke After School Program at Raíces del Saber Xinachtli Community School in Las Cruces, New Mexico, leverages community partnerships to help students explore their interests and learn new skills from 3-6 p.m. each weekday. For example, students participate in hands-on activities in the school’s community garden led by the La Semilla Food Center and by Chef Mateo Herrara, who shares lessons about growing maíz. “Tloke Nauoke After School Program offers extracurricular activities created to nurture positive identity formation, allowing the Youth to express themselves in unique ways to their individual needs and identities,” Coordinator Anita Lara wrote in a guest column for the Las Cruces Sun News. “The program's curriculum is a visionary response to the call for reformative and social justice change.”
After-School Program Seeing Success at Lima West Middle School, Hometown Stations (Ohio)
At the Lima West Middle School afterschool program in Lima, Ohio, students get academic support, garden, work with hydraulics, learn about healthy living and more. Ohio State House of Representatives Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) recently visited the program to speak with eighth graders about what they’re learning. Doors Academy CEO Dorothy Moulthrop told Hometown Stations that students at the program are “exposed [to] opportunities they otherwise might not have. Which helps them figure out what they want to do in life and sometimes what they don’t want to do in life. They also make great friends in these programs, and they have the presence of a loving caring adult who mentors them and roots for them and makes them believe that they really can do anything.”
Griffin School District Partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County to Open 8th Club Location, Thurston Talk (Washington)
Thanks to a new partnership, elementary and middle school students at Griffin School in Olympia, Washington are able to attend before and afterschool programs at their school. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County is opening its eighth location in the county and plans to offer academic support, exercise and snacks. “Utilizing space at Griffin School means we can serve more youth, provide fun and meaningful programs, and serve as an extension of the school day for more kids and families who need us,” Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County COO Shellica Trevino told Thurston Talk.
Beatrice After School Program Granted Another Five Years, Beatrice Daily Sun (Nebraska)
At the Beatrice Learning After School Time (BLAST) program in Beatrice, Nebraska, more than 170 students...
Clark, Champaign Organizations Awarded Grants for Student Academic Needs, Well-Being, Springfield News-Sun (Ohio)
Thanks to a $2.1 million Summer Learning and Afterschool Opportunities grant from...
Wimauma After School Program Provides Consistent, Safe Place for Students to Grow, ABC Action News (Florida)
At the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida,...
Hogansville Hosts 5K Race to Benefit After School Program, Pioneer Youth, LaGrange Daily News (Georgia)
The city of Hogansville, Georgia hosted the first annual Run HGVL 5K race to support Pioneer...
Cut-A-Thon Helps Raise Money for Instruments for Youth, WTVQ (Kentucky)
The Lexington Leadership Foundation in Kentucky hosted a haircut-a-thon at its Woodhill Community Center facility to raise...
SCDE Plans to Expand Summer and After-School Programs with $14.5 million, WISTV (South Carolina)
Thanks to $12 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funding, the South...
Children of the Valley After-School Program Comes to Sedro-Woolley, Go Skagit (Washington)
An afterschool program that boosts students’ academic, social and emotional skills recently opened a new site in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. At the Children of the Valley afterschool program, students...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/27/22
Season for Sharing Grant Used by MentorKids for Afterschool and Tutoring Programs, Arizona Republic (Arizona)
More than 300 students in Phoenix, Arizona benefit from afterschool and summer programming provided by MentorKids, supported in part by a grant from the Arizona Republic’s Season...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/19/22
ACE Clubs Offer Unique After-School Activities, Academic Support, Herald Bulletin (Indiana)
Each afternoon, students at ACE Clubs in Anderson, Indiana enjoy a variety of activities, including publishing their own books, leather crafting, cooking classes and painting. “We’re always...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/12/22
Woodstock Day School Media Arts Program Awarded Grant, HudsonValley360 (New York)
Thanks to a $49,500 grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, students in Ulster County, New York will have the opportunity to learn filmmaking at a new media arts afterschool program at Woodstock Day...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/05/22
Virginia Beach Before & After School Programs Saved After Surge of Applicants, WTKR (Virginia)
After the approval of a pay rate increase, the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department received hundreds of applicants seeking employment at its before and afterschool programs. The influx...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/22/21
With Toys, Books and Love, Granny's House Provides After-School Programs to Children, Columbia Missourian (Missouri)
Each day at the Granny’s House afterschool program in Columbia, Missouri, children enjoy outdoor activities, homework assistance, science clubs and field trips with...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/15/21
Weekly Media Roundup, December 8, 2021
Cleveland County Family YMCA Addresses Learning Loss, The Star (North Carolina)
To help students catch up on reading skills amidst the pandemic, the Cleveland County Family YMCA in North Carolina is partnering with Learning Ovations, a community literacy...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/08/21
Lincoln County Afterschool Center Thrives From Community Support, Idaho Ed News (Idaho)
Throughout the summer, AmeriCorps volunteers, businesses and community members helped refurbish a former church in Lincoln County, Idaho into a thriving community center offering child care, meals,...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/01/21
'We're All Family Here': Columbus Community Center Pilots Program to Connect with Students, The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
At a new afterschool program in Columbus, Ohio, seventh- and eighth-graders get academic support, work on goal-setting, play sports, connect with mentors and more....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 11/24/21
‘Worst-Case Scenario’: VB Parks & Rec Closing 14 Before/Afterschool Childcare Programs Due to Staffing Shortage, WAVY-TV (Virginia)
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation announced it will close three before-school and 11 afterschool programs starting January 3 due to ongoing...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 11/17/21
YMCA gives kids ‘a dose of normal,’ Martha’s Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
To help students overcome isolation and disconnection, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is providing in-person programming for students each afternoon. The program provides enrichment activities and...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/13/21
L.A. School District Plans Star-Studded Summer Learning for Students — with James Cameron Teaching ‘Titanic’ and a Book Group with Alicia Keys and Others, The Washington Post
This summer, students in Los Angeles will learn to draw and animate from the studio behind...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/27/20
Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Program Makes House Calls, Augusta Free Press (Virginia)
On Monday, the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Adventure Club in Augusta County, Virginia delivered care packages to students. They included handwritten notes, sidewalk chalk, and materials...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/06/20