Afterschool advocates headed to Capitol Hill on June 6 and will return on June 7 for the annual Afterschool for All Challenge, led by the Afterschool Alliance, a national partner of America’s Promise.
Though the organization issues the challenge every year, this week’s events hold special significance in the wake of President Trump’s budget proposal that would cut more than $1 billion in federal afterschool funding.
Advocates are sharing their support for afterschool programs on Twitter with the hashtag #AfterschoolWorks:
Others have shared why afterschool programming matters:
The June 6 agenda includes sessions, workshops, and small group congressional meetings. But some of the most important work, the Afterschool Alliance says, will happen when advocates return home.
“It's vital to follow up with offices after your meetings to continue building your relationships with lawmakers, and it's important to keep afterschool in the public eye through media outreach and social media engagement,” the website says.
The website offers sample thank you notes, media outreach tools, and social media tools. You can also find information on upcoming dates the Afterschool Alliance says is pivotal in the continued fight for funding.
For more information, visit the Afterschool Alliance website and follow the conversation on Twitter with #AfterschoolWorks.