Mayors can advocate for effective afterschool policies at the state and national level. The importance of the mayoral voice will no doubt continue to grow as efforts to preserve the 21st Century Community Learn Center Federal funding stream for afterschool gain strength.
Many of the resources here are national in scope, but a few represent local advocacy efforts including a presentation from Juneau, Alaska that was used to convince city council to support their afterschool efforts.
- Afterschool Alliance Policy and Action Center
- Sustaining 21st CCLC: What works for Programs and How Policymakers Can Help
- After School Programming: A Pressing Need and Public Priority
Whether it’s hosting a Lights On Afterschool event or communicating with members of congress, local advocacy efforts are important to sustaining high-quality afterschool opportunities in communities across the country.