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Weekly Media Roundup: September 7, 2022

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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 with the Chicago Public Library and Chicago Park District to provide a safe space for students to grow academically and emotionally. “Kids will come in. They’ll advance in our programming. They have been with us for a while. They then have the opportunity to teach other kids. So, the mentee becomes the mentor,” Patty Aikonedo, director of community outreach, told WBBM Newsradio.

Tanager Place Piloting New After-School Program at Roosevelt Creative Corridor, The Gazette (Iowa)

This fall, Tanager Place is opening Iowa’s first Freedom School afterschool program at Roosevelt Creative Corridor middle school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The afterschool program, created by The Children’s Defense Fund, encourages a love of learning, civil involvement, cultural awareness and healthy habits. “I’m just really excited for our community and young people that this could be another resource to benefit kids in the community,” Tanager Place CEO Okpara Rice told The Gazette. Program staff will include AmeriCorp members and local college students.

Shenandoah 'Levels Up' After School Program Choices, Courier-Times (Indiana)

For the first time, Shenandoah High School in Indiana is offering an esport afterschool program, enabling students to compete on esports teams, learn new computer skills and enjoy playing video games with friends. “We are always looking for new ways to help these students connect to school and their peers. We are able to include students that don’t have interest in traditional sports or our other programs,” Shenandoah Superintendent Dr. Kyle Barrentine told the Courier-Times. The National Federation of State High School Associations states esports is the fastest growing sport in the U.S.

$11.3 Million Awarded for Afterschool Learning, The Sun Times (Arkansas)

Last week, the Arkansas Department of Education allocated $11.3 million in relief funding from the American Recue Plan to 84 out-of-school time programs across the state, including programs at schools, faith-based organization, libraries, community organizations and other sites. The grants were awarded in partnership with the Arkansas Out of School Network and Arkansas State University. “Even before the pandemic disrupted all aspects of student life, Arkansas struggled to meet the demand for afterschool and summer learning programs,” Laveta Wills-Hale, director of the Arkansas Out of School Network, told the Sun Times. “We will continue working tirelessly to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic and to ensure all children have access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs. This funding is a critical resource to communities and programs across our state.”

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