The Afterschool Alliance, along with like minded organizations and educators from around the country were in Washington, D.C. on May 22, to meet face to face with Members of Congress and urge them to co-sponsor the Afterschool for America’s Children Act—legislation supporting the innovative advances occurring between schools and community-based organizations during the out-of-school hours. To amplify their voices, the Afterschool Alliance encourages interested groups to Call Congress now to support afterschool programs.
Afterschool programs keep kids safe, inspire learning, and help working families. All students should have access to these life-changing opportunities, yet 18 million children who would like to participate don’t have a program available in their community.
If you’re feeling ambitious, click here to learn how to set up a district meeting with your local Congressional office.
This year, the Afterschool Alliance is excited to team up with Educator Innovator and recognize your advocacy efforts when you take action in the Afterschool for All Challenge. You have the opportunity to earn a digital advocate badge that will demonstrate that you have showed your support for the in-school and out-of-school partnerships that re-imagine what learning looks like and where it takes place.
To earn the advocate badge, make sure that your call is counted in our total.
By Nikki Yamashiro