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New report reveals how afterschool aids communities of concentrated poverty
Where you live has direct and indirect impacts on the fundamental resources and opportunities you count on, and which many people may take for granted. Your location affects the quality of schools available to you, your access to healthy and affordable food, and your overall wellbeing and future ...
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In conjunction with the Afterschool for All Challenge on May 23-24, we are asking afterschool supporters to participate from home (or office, or desk, or phone!)  on May 24 by posting positive messages on social media.  On this day hundreds of afterschool supporters will be visiting Members of Congress to educate leaders about the important role of afterschool programs in their communities. Help showcase the importance of afterschool by joining a chorus of afterschool supporters on social media via Thunderclap.  
 
How does Thunderclap work?  Sign up now, and your work is done—the following message will post automatically to the platforms you choose on May 24: 
“Afterschool empowers today's students to become tomorrow's leaders & innovators. Discover how #AfterschoolWorks
 
What is “Supporting”? Supporting a Thunderclap campaign is like signing a petition but with the added power of simultaneously sharing a message. You and every other supporter are standing up for an idea with the power of your voice. How to support? How do I support? Choose between your Twitter, ...
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School's Out New York City afterschool program fosters success in middle schoolers
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10 reasons to take the Virtual Challenge this month
As you might have heard, afterschool advocates from across the country are flocking to Washington, D.C. on May 23 to participate in the Afterschool for All Challenge, when they'll be sharing powerful stories to boost support for afterschool among national legislators.
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Tomorrow Together: A call for service, empathy and unity this 9/11
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Guest blog: Save the Bay students get to know local wildlife
Written by Jennifer Kelly, After School Program Manager for Save the Bay. This blog post is presented as part of a series celebrating afterschool programs involved in environmental education, with more installments coming throughout April! Join the conversation about afterschool's role in ...
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Turn concepts into creations for the National Week of Making!
The act of "making" is to use the process of creating, building or re-designing to learn new things about our world. Join us in celebrating making this week by participating in the White House's 2016 National Week of Making, June 17-23. The focus of this year's event is to highlight the ...
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Afterschool Spotlight: Innovation Zone
The Afterschool Alliance is pleased to present this Afterschool Spotlight, part of a series featuring the stories of children, parents and providers of summer and afterschool programs. Click here to view the previous installment. Have a story to share?
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Celebrate National Fitness and Sports Month!
You ready? 3,2,1…GO! The month of May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! This annual observance highlights the importance of healthy lifestyles, being physically active and participating in your favorite sports. Critical to enabling children to reach their fullest potential, ...
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Afterschool Spotlight: The LOVE Club
The Afterschool Alliance is pleased to present this Afterschool Spotlight, part of a series featuring the stories of children, parents and providers of summer and afterschool programs. Have a story to share? Email Robert Abare at rabare@afterschoolalliance.org. For 12 years, Dr. A. Michael Shaw ...
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Take the Virtual Challenge, gain powerful allies for your program
On Tuesday, May 24, more than 250 afterschool advocates will arrive in Washington, D.C. for the Afterschool for All Challenge, meeting with their representatives in Congress to show them why afterschool programs deserve their support. This year, you too can cultivate powerful afterschool allies ...
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Q&A: An afterschool program enjoys a rewarding visit from Congress
Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance Jodi Grant recently visited New Haven, Connecticut for a tour of the Jones-Zimmermann Academic Mentoring Program (J-Z AMP), along with local Afterschool Ambassador Mark Fopeano. Mark Fopeano is currently the Program Manager for Dwight Hall at Yale, ...
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Working to ensure all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs
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The nation's leading voice for afterschool, the Afterschool Alliance is the only organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments. The Afterschool Alliance works with the Administration, the U.S. Congress, governors, mayors and advocates across the country. Today the Afterschool Alliance boasts more than 25,000 afterschool program partners and our publications reach more than 65,000 interested individuals every month.
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