Tools for advocates.

How You Can Make a Difference

  1. One of the easiest things you can do to support quality opportunities for learning beyond the classroom is tell others why your community needs afterschool and summer learning opportunities and programs. Public support and concern can turn child and youth development into a priority for parents, community leaders, and policymakers.
  2. Sign up to receive Policy Updates and calls to action from us.
  3. Get involved in Minnesota’s Statewide Afterschool Alliance.
  4. Host an event for Lights On Afterschool. Lights On Afterschool is a national event to help raise awareness about the importance of afterschool and community-based programs during the non-school hours. More information about Lights On Afterschool is available at the Afterschool Alliance. Plan ahead! In 2012, Lights On will be on October 18.
  5. Join us for Youth Day at the Capitol. In 2012, Youth Day will be February 21.
  6. Contact your own state or federal representatives or senators and encourage them to support public resources for afterschool and expanded learning opportunities. Need help finding out who your elected officials are? This resource from the Minnesota Legislature can help you figure out who represents you.

Advocacy Resources

Need help putting your thoughts or concerns into words? This tool can help you feel more comfortable when you talk with parents, community members and policy or decision makers.

The Afterschool for All Campaign is a national campaign to harness the diverse voices that support afterschool to deliver a united and powerful message about the importance of afterschool programs in the lives of children, families and communities. The tools and resources offered by the project are intended to help organizations and individuals advocate for youth development in their own communities.

For more information on how you can be an advocate

Contact Karen Kingsley, Youthprise Director of Public Policy and Communications at 612-564-4858 x5 or karen@youthprise.org.


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