How an after-school boxing program keeps students engaged during COVID

After-school programs became a lifeline during the height of the pandemic for students like Harmonie Stewart, and they’ve only grown in significance in Michigan as school and community leaders seek ways to help students rebound from the aftershocks of COVID.

“I have been learning so much new material,” Harmonie said on a day last fall when she was learning about quadrants at the Downtown Detroit Boxing Gym, which has run an after-school program for years.