Amplify afterschool voices on Capitol Hill

by Robert Abare

Next Monday and Tuesday, May 23-24, over 200 afterschool advocates from across the country will descend on Capitol Hill for the 2016 Afterschool for All Challenge. This year's Challenge participants will build support for afterschool among national legislators at a critical time, as Congress prepares to determine funding levels for the only federal funding source for afterschool programs, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers inititative.

Here's what we have planned for this year's Challenge:

  • Over 200 participants from 37 states
  • More than 150 meetings with Congressional offices in the works
  • A number of insightful workshops on the latest in afterschool, including:
    • child nutrition reauthorization
    • afterschool advocacy during election season 
    • afterschool in rural America (based on our latest America After 3PM special report, The Growing Importance of Afterschool in Rural Communities)
    • strategies to build support for STEM education
    • Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in afterschool

Join the excitement! Take the Virtual Challenge.

You can play a major role in boosting the voice of advocates visiting Congress by taking the Virtual Afterschool for All Challenge in your community.

Send a message to your representatives, asking them to increase funding levels for 21st CCLC by $133 million for FY2017, bringing the total to $1.3 billion and allowing 140,000 additional children to access afterschool, before-school and summer learning programs.

In just a single click, you can add your voice to our Thunderclap, which sends a syncronized blast of messages supporting afterschool on social media. If you're seeking a deeper way to get involved—and a lasting impact for your community—learn about setting up a site visit to your program.

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