As we gear up for fall elections, it is important for Expanded Learning advocates to talk to candidates about the importance of afterschool and summer programs. Chances are, most candidates for public office have not spent a great deal of time thinking about the vital role that Expanded Learning Opportunity programs play in supporting positive youth development and in helping to create the learning opportunities all youth need to succeed in school in life. This is your chance to help them better understand the value of these important programs!
If you have a chance to engage a candidate for local, state or even national office, make sure you let them know how important ELO work is to the future of our communities and state. Visit the Policy and Advocacy section of our website for information you can use to help you make your case to future elected officials. It is important that they understand how important these programs are to working families across our state, so make sure you use our information in concert with real world information about the programs that are taking place in their future districts or, if none currently exist, why Expanded Learning Opportunity programs need their attention – and support.