ICYMI: Latest Issue of the Afterschool Advocate

by Luci Manning

The July issue of the Afterschool Advocate digs deeper and goes behind the scenes of the advocacy efforts that helped restore New York City’s afterschool and child care funds. (As Afterschool Snack readers may know, last month Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced that they planned to restore $150 million to the city’s budget after months of public outcry.) The lead article interviews key afterschool leaders about their strategy and how they fended off the proposed cuts by channeling anger and passion into activism. This issue’s Outreach section has tips from the New York City experience.

A new group of afterschool supporters will be helping to advance afterschool and expanded learning over the next year as part of the White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellows program. Read more about the Fellowship in this issue.

Budget cuts around the country are forcing many programs to cinch their belts tighter than ever this year. If you’re feeling the budget crunch, this issue of the Afterschool Advocate has tips for throwing a low-cost open house! Check out the article and get started now planning for Lights On Afterschool, Oct. 18, 2012!

The Afterschool Advocate is also covering a new survey from Change the Equation finds that only 1 in 5 U.S. households with children in K-12 have any children enrolled in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) afterschool programs. Read more findings from the survey here.

As always in this issue there are funding and award notices, news from programs around the country, great quotes about afterschool and education, resources, and conference announcements from around the country.

Read the full issue online.

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