Become an Afterschool Advocate

Afterschool Advocates act as champions and spokespeople for afterschool programs. Are you a program supervisor or staff member? A parent, educator or community leader who cares about afterschool? Become an Advocate! The key characteristics of Advocates are a love of afterschool and a willingness to talk to others about afterschool. Advocates – through their work in or with afterschool programs – know firsthand the benefits of afterschool and the barriers that their community faces in making afterschool available to all children.

Working with the ACT Now Coalition and other afterschool programs, Advocates will help facilitate activities that raise awareness of afterschool, including: coordinating a local Lights On Afterschool event; working with other local providers, advocates, and community groups to promote afterschool; reaching out to policymakers and the media on afterschool issues; identifying strong programs to highlight in your community to share their story; and more.

All Advocates will have significant support from the ACT Now Coalition, including meetings and calls, and will receive written materials, assistance with logistics, and other extensive support.

There are many benefits to becoming an Advocate! These include career development opportunities, including increased opportunities to showcase your program, increased opportunities for networking, and access to advocacy materials and support. For additional requirement and benefits to becoming and an Afterschool Advocate, click here.

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