Indiana Afterschool Advocacy Newsletter
Summer 2016 Provider Engagement Launch

There are MANY opportunities in the coming months for you to show and tell your success stories. To help you be ready, the Indiana Afterschool Network is launching this NEW Advocacy Newsletter packed with all the resources you need to connect to policymakers and spread the word about the power of afterschool across Indiana! 
Let us know how we can help you & share your plans!


Our Vision: We see Indiana as a place where all K-12 youth have access to high quality learning experiences beyond the school day that prepare them for success in school, college, careers, and life.
Let's Get Started on Summer Advocacy Planning!
WHY Host a Policymaker Site Visit? 
A "site visit" is a sure fire way to engage your policymaker and/or their staff in your work. It allows them to see firsthand the work that you are doing and connects them in an effective way by creating a visual image. 

Many site visits include a tour and give the policymaker a chance to meet your staff and speak with the children and families who are benefiting from your program. 

Inviting policymakers to visit your afterschool program is a powerful way to help them understand your program's value.  

"It's important to be in touch with local elected officials and staff even when you're not asking them for something. If I have an event that I think will allow an official to shine, I make sure their field representative knows about it, and knows their boss is welcome to stop by and say a few words."
 -- Anna, Boys & Girls Club site director

Start planning today with our NEW Advocacy Toolkit.
Choose One of These Two Dates for a Legislator Visit- OR BOTH! 
Maximize your impact by scheduling policymaker visits to your site on one of these national advocacy days:

Summer Learning Day - July 14, 2016
Summer Learning Day is an annual national advocacy day led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to elevate the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer. Find event ideas, register your celebration, pledge to #KeepKidsLearning and more HERE.

LIGHTS ON Afterschool - October, 20 2016
Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates thousands of media clippings each year. Register, access planning tools and FREE promo items, and more HERE.