Become an Advocate

Get on the Kentucky Program Map

Do you have an afterschool or summer program in your community?  If so, register your program today to get added to the directory and join the network of program providers.   

Become an Expert

The research on out-of-school time programs is vast and continues to grow. We’ve collected a variety of briefs and reports that highlight some of the most important findings on how afterschool and summer learning support student success.  Read all about it here.

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.

Contact Your Elected Officials

Reaching out to elected officials is a quick way to advocate for more funding to support high-quality out-of-school programs and greater student success. Visit Common Cause to find your elected officials, learn how to contact them, and read about the bills they’ve introduced, committees they serve on, and political contributions they have received.

The Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs, provides an easy-to-follow guide for reaching policy makers. We especially like their Take Action at Home 2015 and Afterschool Advocacy Digital Toolkit 2017.  Also remember that Facebook and Twitter are increasingly popular ways to connect with policy makers. Reach out to them using their Twitter handles.

Participate in the Afterschool for All Challenge

Each year, KYOSA participates in the Afterschool Alliance’s Afterschool for All Challenge on Capitol Hill to lobby on behalf 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.