After-school programs struggle to meet demand, find funding during pandemic, surveys say

Dive Brief:

  • After-school programs are struggling to meet the needs of students they traditionally support, according to surveys released by the Afterschool Alliance and National Summer Learning Association. Budget cuts and the inability of low-income students to get to the programs contribute to the problem.
  • Seventy-three percent of programs serving higher-income students were open in some capacity during the pandemic compared to 38% of those serving lower-income students, showed the surveys of more than 1,000 respondents across the U.S. Sixty-nine percent of providers said they are concerned that the children who need services can’t access them. This summer, the programs could only serve about 50% of the number of students they served in 2019 due to social distancing, student-to-staff ratios and other pandemic-related factors.
  • After-school programs are also struggling with the threat of losing funding. Eighty-nine percent of respondents said they are concerned about long-term funding and the future of
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Scholarship Helps DC Student Find Challenging Education

WASHINGTON, DC — Alexander Acosta, an eighth grader at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., was recently named a Caroline D. Bradley scholar by the Institute for Educational Advancement.

Alexander is one of 28 gifted middle school students to receive the four-year scholarship, which will allow them to attend academically challenging high schools.

For Alexander, the scholarship enabled him to attend St. Albans, where his brother Benjamin, who had previously won the same scholarship, was already a student.

“We had Benjamin apply and he got in,” said Joann Acosta, the boys’ mother. “He looked at a few different schools, and then once he got in, we of course wanted Alex to go the same school. So that’s kind of how he wound up in there.”

In addition to being more challenging than the public schools the brothers had previously attended, St. Albans is also much more expensive, about $50,000 a

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Infosec pros struggle to find opportunities to improve their work skills

Cybrary released the findings from the report which examines the current challenges, perceptions, and impacts of the cybersecurity skills gap faced by IT and security teams worldwide.

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Security teams and the growing skills gap

The survey questioned respondents about the employer contributions towards their skill development, their level of personal commitment to growing their skills, and the current level of organizational support and opportunities offered for skill development.

Over 800 IT and security professionals were surveyed, varying in experience, ranging from system admins to CISOs, to gather their industry insights and discovered that:

  • 68 percent of respondents report investing their own free time, outside working hours to improve their cyber skills
  • Nearly 3 out of 4 respondents agree that skill gaps exist on their teams
  • 65 percent of managers agreed that skills gaps have a negative impact on their team’s effectiveness
  • 40 percent of individuals say they spend time working
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From jerseys to badges: Dozens of ex-college, pro athletes find careers in Spokane law enforcement

Nineteen years removed from his Gonzaga debut, the wide-eyed experience still resonates with Spokane Police officer Winston Brooks.

A sure-handed point guard and transfer from nearby North Idaho College, Brooks often played in low-spirit, crackerbox gymnasiums, a gulf from the University of Illinois’ raucous, 15,500-seat Assembly Hall.

When Gonzaga – then a relatively obscure NCAA Tournament darling aiming for a fourth-straight appearance – opened its season on the road against the No. 3 Illini, it was baptism by fire for the Virginia native.

The sea of orange was overwhelming.

“We go out for the layup line, and there’s thousands of people screaming,” Brooks said of the Nov. 16, 2001, game, a 76-58 loss. “It was loud. I had never played in that kind of environment before.”

Brooks conveyed the similarities of playing in a hostile road environment and being an officer in a volatile climate, one currently spurred by a

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Additional state funding will be hard to find for Scranton School District | Education

As the Scranton School District experiences a budget shortfall and “dire” projections for years ahead, the district won’t be able to count on the state for assistance.

Before the coronavirus pandemic limited gatherings and closed buildings in March, teachers had planned to take buses to Harrisburg to demand equitable funding.

“As soon as things are lifted, we’re going to Harrisburg,” said Rosemary Boland, president of the Scranton Federation of Teachers.

While educators hope to see funding levels rise to those of similar urban districts, local legislators know finding money in the state budget to do that will be difficult.

In May, with revenue levels uncertain, lawmakers passed a stopgap budget that kept funding in most areas flat for five months. Basic education, the district’s largest state revenue source, was funded for a year at 2019-20 levels.

The state had previously given the district one-time payments to help balance the budget

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How Do I Find a Meaningful Job From Home?

In nearly every career field, there are three types of networks professionals can create and use. Within these three networks, you’ll have different kinds of connections. Some people will be in multiple networks, but most will only be in one.

Operational Network

Your operational network consists of the people within your company with whom you’ve built relationships to help you accomplish your tasks. An example would be the marketing department coordinating messaging with the social media team to make sure everyone stays on brand.

Strategic Network

In some respects, this network of people is similar to an operational network in that it consists of people who can help you get the job done. However, in your strategic network, you can include people outside of your control to help you accomplish your tasks. For example, if you work for a nonprofit and you’re throwing a fundraiser, your strategic network might include

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Job fair goes virtual to help veterans, military spouses find jobs during pandemic

More than 3800 military veterans and spouses took part in a virtual job fair on Tuesday. 



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DAV & RecruitMilitary hosted the event with 114 companies looking to fill positions.

RecruitMilitary says the veteran unemployment rate for May was 9.1 percent. While it’s getting better, that’s why a virtual job fair is so important. 

Since the start of the pandemic, it has hosted 36 virtual career job fairs.

“Thank god we have we have this type of platform to where it eases some of the frustrations for the whole family unit whether the military member or the military spouse,” says Senior Vice President Chris Stevens, senior vice president at RecruitMilitary and a U.S. Air Force veteran.

RecruitMilitary will continue to host these through the beginning of next year. 

It even hosts some webinars to get veterans and their families comfortable with the technical part so

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why we should be very worried that Hong Kong’s fresh graduates can’t find jobs





Some very senior leaders I have spoken to recently, from both the private and public sectors, are quick to dismiss the alarming unemployment rate among fresh graduates in Hong Kong as just another recession-related anomaly that will correct itself when the economy picks up. They said the Class of 2020 is no different from the Financial Crisis Class of 2009, or the Sars Class of 2003, when the severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemic hit.

I respectfully – and wholeheartedly – disagree. The Class of 2020 is not your typical recession-hit class. This year brings new challenges that need to be addressed with fresh perspectives, rather than stopgap measures that may have worked in the past. The problems may persist (or get worse) well into the Class of 2021 and beyond, creating a disengaged generation with chronic unemployability. This is sad but true; this structural problem, if left unaddressed, would become

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In Mexico women inmates find education chance amid pandemic

ALMOLOYA DE JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Prison inmates in Mexico have suffered from coronavirus infections at a higher rate than the country as a whole, and pandemic lockdowns have reduced their already limited contact with the outside world.



Women prisoners attend an online course on writing at the Santiaguito prison in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. The inmates at the prison west of Mexico City have managed to benefit from pandemic lockdowns because the lockdowns have spurred a wave of professionals with time on their hands willing to donate their time giving online classes to inmates. (AP Photo/Diego Delgaldo)


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Women prisoners attend an online course on writing at the Santiaguito prison in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. The inmates at the prison west of Mexico City have managed to benefit from pandemic lockdowns because the lockdowns have spurred a wave of professionals with time on their hands willing to donate their time giving online classes to inmates. (AP Photo/Diego Delgaldo)



A guard patrols on a watch tower at the Santiaguito women's prison in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. The prison is located near a separate maximum-security men's facility where drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped through a tunnel in 2015. The female inmates at the prison west of Mexico City have managed to benefit from pandemic lockdowns because the lockdowns have spurred a wave of professionals with time on their hands willing to donate their time giving online classes to inmates. (AP Photo/Diego Delgaldo)


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A guard patrols on a watch tower at the Santiaguito women’s prison in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. The prison is located near a separate

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