Take the Virtual Challenge

On Tuesday, May 24, more than 150 afterschool advocates brought their powerful stories to Capitol Hill. You can join them and amplify their voices by taking the Afterschool for All Virtual Challenge.

With last year’s passage of a new education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, now is a critical time to make sure that afterschool programs are adequately funded under the new law so that every student can truly succeed.

Let's increase 21st CCLC funding by $133 million for FY2017 & get 140,000 additional children access to afterschool.

Participate online

Providing feedback to your Member of Congress is a critical part of the democratic process, and it's easy to do right from your desk or your mobile phone. Reach out to your representatives with an email or social media post in seconds through our Action Center, add your voice to our Thunderclap, and get more involved online with our social media kit.

Set up a site visit

Inviting policy makers and their staff to visit your afterschool program is a powerful way to help them understand the benefits your program provides to the community. To help you get started, here are some sample invitations, planning guides and schedules to make your site visit a success.

Engage the media

Afterschool advocates have many ways to generate news coverage about the extraordinary youth outcomes afterschool programs deliver, as well as the challenges these programs face. Use our templates, talking points and key messages to spread the word about the importance of afterschool.

General resources

Guide your outreach with these downloadable materials. Track key dates for afterschool legislation and Congressional breaks with our 2016 calendar, keep up the drumbeat by using these sample letters to stay in touch with your representatives, and download the full action kit (coming soon!) to keep all the resources on this page at your fingertips.