So said former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the National After-Summit Summit, which sent a rallying cry across the nation to invest in the afterschool programs that are keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn and helping working families. Mayors, entrepreneurs, education experts, technology leaders and more spoke to the value of afterschool programs for children, families, communities and our nation. Even the audience—whether in the room or viewing online—took part in amplifying the call for more afterschool resources. Using the Summit’s tweet4afterschool.com feature, more than 1,000 tweets were generated during the gathering, calling out key stats on afterschool outcomes to Members of Congress.
Summit organizers have made plans to keep the momentum going. Tweet4afterschool.com will feature a new post weekly for advocates to click and send in one stroke. And a short video unveiled at the event is available for all in the afterschool field to download and use to help build support.
Download the video at tweet4afterschool.com/video!
More coverage will be coming in the next few days, but here are a few of our favorite quotes:
FROM EDUCATION LEADERS
Rod Paige, former U.S. Secretary of Education:
Michael Hanson, Superintendent, Fresno Unified School District:
Christopher Steinhauser, Long Beach (CA) Unified School District:
FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT
Frank Fowler, Police Chief, Syracuse, NY:
Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth, TX:
Karl Dean, Nashville, TN:
Cherie Wood, South Salt Lake City, UT:
Phil Libin, CEO, Evernote:
Maggie Johnson, Director of Education, Google:
Tim Ferriss, author, entrepreneur, and angel investor:
The National After-School Summit was held Tuesday, March 24 at the University of Southern California by the USC Schwarzenegger Institute, the Afterschool Alliance, and After-School All-Stars. To learn more about the Summit or to watch a video of the proceedings, visit the Schwarzenegger Institute website.
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