February 2020
DALLAS AFTERSCHOOL NEWS
YOUR VOICE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR YOUTH!
Thanks to your help 91% of comments submitted to the City of Dallas' HUD Five-Year Consolidated Plan last year were in support of out-of-school time opportunities. As a result, an additional $300,000 was allocated for youth programming .

We have the opportunity to, once again, make a difference! Please complete this year's Community Survey and encourage others to do the same! Children in our community need a safe place to go after 3pm. Deadline for public comment is February 28th.

Tip: Use the additional comment space in the survey to specifically note that additional funding should go toward supporting high-quality afterschool and summer programs. 
FEBRUARY IS AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH
To celebrate African American History month, we are highlighting those who have broken down barriers and made significant breakthroughs in education and STEM. One such individual is Dr. Mae Jemison. Among other achievements, in 1992 she became the first African American woman in space!

For more information on African American History and the amazing individuals that have made a difference, visit The History Channel's page on Black History.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO
Christina K. Hanger
It's February, which means RECESS is just around the corner! I hope you will consider supporting this fun and unique event. Not only can adults "return to the playground" for an evening, but RECESS raises vital support to ensure children and families have access to safe, high-quality out-of-school-time programming.

As always, thank you for your continued support and belief in our mission. We hope to see you next month "on the playground!"
LAUGHTER IS GOOD FOR AFTERSCHOOL!
J oin us - and our Young Professionals Group - on February 20th at Dallas Comedy House for a Give Back night benefiting Dallas Afterschool . Have a laugh while supporting Dallas Afterschool!
STRYVE VOLUNTEERS INSPIRE CURIOSITY
Last month our friends at Stryve volunteered at one of our afterschool partner sites. The group reinforced STEM concepts for students at St. Vincent de Paul using our Lunar Landers Wonder Kit. Students had to design and engineer a lunar lander that could execute a soft landing on target while also competing for the highest level of precision.

Special thanks to Stryve for also sponsoring RECESS !