Engaging with the Afterschool Program
What Does It Mean to Advocate?
You are advocating every time you press your point of view on an issue, whether it is what to eat for dinner or how much the federal government should invest in afterschool.
Here’s how you can help
- Share the message - Afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families, and improve academic achievement.
- Talk to your community leaders - Call, write or email your school board, superintendent, principal, local representatives, council l members, and mayors. Tell them how afterschool programs support your family.
- Tell your friends - Public support and concern can turn afterschool programs into a priority for community leaders and policymakers.
- Lend a hand - As much as afterschool programs need money to stay alive, the also need people. Parents, students and anyone with time and a commitment to helping children can lend a hand. Contact your local school to volunteer.
- Make donations - Many afterschool programs rely on private donations, parent fees, and in-kind services to keep their doors open. You can donate to a program in your neighborhood or school.
Related Research, Resources and Articles
- What benefits do afterschool programs offer to the schools and the community?
- The Impact of After-School Programs That Promote Personal and Social Skills
- Afterschool: Providing Multiple Benefits to Middle School Students
- Attendance Works
Agencies that Support the Family
- Logan Family Center – The center builds upon the strength of families and promotes their success by: seeking to increase confidence in parenting skills through informative workshops, classes and activities; providing parenting education through home visits and a library of books, videos, brochures, and educational toys; linking families to needed services through a partnership with home, schools, and communities.
- USU Stepfamily Education – Stepfamily education is a free six-week class for dating, cohabitating, or remarried couples who have a child or children from a previous relationship. This education class is designed to help couples and families prepare for the unique challenges that come with stepfamily living. Throughout the year, weekly classes are provided free of charge for families in a stepfamily situation. Adults and children (ages six and older) attend classes in order to learn what it takes to have a successful stepfamily.
- Love and Logic – Love and Logic provides a wealth of parenting tips and advice, with articles and handouts for parents of children ranging from newborns to teenagers.