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Raise Your Voice to Advocate for Out-Of-School Programs

Are you a parent or caregiver who has seen first hand how out-of-school programs instill confident and encourage academic achievement in your child? Are you willing to raise your voice to share that message with leaders who need to know?

Are you an out-of-school time program provider who has unique insights into the difference that quality programs make in supporting student success?

Are you interested in advocating for stronger summer and afterschool programs?

Help to inform your community by accessing these templates for newsletters, sample newspaper articles, or social media posts.



Consider participating in the annual Lights On Afterschool campaign each October. You can plan an event, welcome community partners or elected officials, and/or leverage your social media and newsletters to raise awareness about the critical nature of afterschool. Here, you can find:

Join the Afterschool Alliance for valuable programs and resources available all year long, like the Afterschool for All Challenge in May, when you can raise your voice to share the importance of out-of-school with your elected officials.



Educate yourself on the data behind afterschool success, with this helpful data from the Afterschool Alliance.

Each May the Afterschool Alliance hosts the Afterschool for All Challenge. Get involved by emailing or calling your elected representatives. Information and templates are available here.

Every July, we celebrate the National Summer Learning Week. Explore the parent toolkit.


Questions on how to raise your voice in support of increasing access to high-quality afterschool or summer programs? Contact Wesley Biles, II by emailing


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