The Afterschool for All Challenge: 2014

22 May

Calling all Florida afterschool champions and partners!

On May 22, afterschool leaders from around the country are in Washington, D.C. to meet face to face with members of Congress, and to urge them to co-sponsor the Afterschool for America’s Children Act.  We need your help to amplify their voices.

Afterschool programs keep kids safe, inspire learning, and help working families.  All students should have access to these life changing opportunities.  Yet, 18 million children, roughly one million in Florida, who would like to participate don’t have a program available in their community.

The Afterschool for America’s Children Act will stregthen the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative – the only federal funding stream dedicated to supporting out-of-school programs nationwide.

Members of Congress need to hear from constituents like you who care about making afterschool for all a reality.  Help us make 535 calls to Congress – that’s one for every senator and representative on Capital Hill.

First, make the call.  Call one of Florida’s 29 senators or representatives on Capital Hill today.  Use these links to find the contact information for our Senators and Representatives.

Use this script to help guide your call:

“Hello, my name is (name), and I’m a constituent from (city, state).

“I’m calling to ask for (Congress person’s name) to co-sponsor the Afterschool for America’s Children Act.  This bill would support afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire learning, and help working families in our community be strengthening the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative.

“As a (educator, parent, concerned citizen, etc.), I am asking that (Congress person’s name) support our young people, and champion high-quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities for our kids by signing on as a co-sponsor to this bill.

“Would you please pass my message along to (Congress person’s name)?

“Thank you!”

Second, log your calls with the Afterschool Alliance here.

Lastly, spread the word to help us reach our goal of 535 calls to Capital Hill!

Thank you,

Joe Davis, CEO, Florida Afterschool Network

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