Advocating in Your Community

Why Afterschool Matters

Dive into the research and find out why afterschool matters for youth, families, and communities across Louisiana.

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America After 3PM surveyed parents in Louisiana to examine how children spend the hours between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. 

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STEM Learning in Afterschool on the Rise, But Barriers and Inequities Exist

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Promoting Healthy Futures: Afterschool Provides the Support Parents Want for Children's Well-Being

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Time for a Game-Changing Summer, With Opportunity and Growth for All of America’s Youth

Becoming an Advocate

Take action and get involved in Lousiana's afterschool community. Your voice and the afterschool impact stories you share can make the difference in young people's access to afterschool programs. 

Be an Advocate in Your Community

Write a letter to your local newspaper editor. Find tips and a sample letter here.

Work with local media to highlight a successful program and promote an event. Learn more about press releases, pitch letters, and media advocacy here.

Market your program in your community to attract participants and funders, encourage positive media coverage of your program, and build support for afterschool and summer programs. Here is a guide to get you started.

Participate in the Afterschool for All Challenge

Each year, the Louisiana Center for Afterschool Learning participates in the Afterschool Alliance’s Afterschool for All Challenge on Capitol Hill in support of afterschool and summer programs. You can also take the Afterschool for All Challenge at home and amplify the voices of afterschool leaders on Capitol Hill.  Get involved.

Participate in Lights On Afterschool

A project of the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their role in keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn, and helping working families. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and annually sees more than 1 million Americans celebrate at more than 8,000 events nationwide. Learn more about how you can host a Lights On Afterschool event in your community here.

National Summer Learning Week

National Summer Learning Week is a celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, and ensuring they return to school ready to succeed in the year.

Learn More!

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Become an Advocate

Take action and get involved in Lousiana's afterschool community. Your voice and the afterschool impact stories you share can make the difference in young people's access to afterschool programs.