Hundreds of afterschool advocates take to Capitol Hill; Congress listens

by Rachel Clark
Last week, more than 400 afterschool advocates and youth stormed Capitol Hill for the 15th Afterschool for All Challenge. Taking more than 250 meetings with Members of Congress and congressional staff, advocates cultivated new allies for afterschooland got results: " 6 new cosponsors for the Supporting Afterschool STEM Act " 3 new cosponsors for the Afterschool for Americas Children Actand counting! Friends of afterschool also took action from across the country  supporters who couldnt join us in Washington, D.C. sent more than 200 emails to Congress on Tuesday alone and more than 650 emails during the week of the Challenge, bringing us to a total of nearly 4,000 emails to Congress this year (40 percent of the way to our goal of sending 10,600 emails on behalf of the 1.6 million kids with 21st CCLC programs at risk!). More than 270 supporters also took part in our Thunderclap campaign, reaching nearly 225,000 members of their social networks, and many joined our advocacy efforts on social media throughout the day by posting and tweeting at their Members of Congress to emphasize the importance of afterschool.

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