LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
For the next two weeks, Congress is in recess and policymakers are back in their home states, meeting with constituents. Make the most of the break and ensure your elected officials, both newly-elected and veteran, know afterschool works for your community: organize a site visit and invite them to see afterschool’s impact firsthand.
Recently we heard from Dawn Marie Johnson, the afterschool program director at the Summit School in rural South Dakota. During Sen. John Thune’s visit to Summit, the students themselves proved to be their own best advocates, making the case for the program that impacts them every single day. The story of Summit School provides a great view into the decisions and relationship-building that go into a successful site visit—read the whole story here.
Tools and tips to make your site visit happen
To start planning your own site visit, head over to our “Host a successful site visit” page. You’ll find a step-by-step timeline, helpful do’s and don’ts for a great event, and sample invitations for your members of Congress.
And the field itself has excellent insights about how to ensure site visit success. Explore a toolkit from a statewide afterschool network. The Indiana Afterschool Network’s toolkit contains tips, techniques, and templates to make a site visit a success, including how to pitch your site visit to local media to boost your event’s profile.
Tactics for a strong event
As you reach out to offices and plan your visit events, here are a few things to keep in mind:
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