Students in Woodburn SD doing STEM in Afterschool, thanks to 21CCLC! Almost 15,000 students are being served through 21CCLC funds in our state in the 2016-17 school year.
Policy Updates 
Now more than ever it is important for all of us to tell our legislators why afterschool matters to us. We invite you to join us in reaching out to our local and national representatives to share the stories of how afterschool makes a difference for youth and their communities. 

OregonASK will be sending out policy updates every Friday this spring, to keep you all aware of changes and happenings on the state and national level. 
83% of Voters Oppose President Trump's Proposed Cut to Afterschool Funding! 

Quinnipiac University just released the results from their nation-wide, independent voter poll on how American's feel about President Trump's proposed budget for 2018. In total, 83% of voters oppose the proposed cut- and only 14% said they thought it was a good idea. Below is information about how different demographic groups responded. 
Question: Do you think that significantly cutting funding for after school and summer school programs is a good idea or a bad idea?

Afterschool Alliance Letter

Thank you for joining us in the fight to preserve afterschool funding! With the President's "skinny budget" proposing the elimination of afterschool funding for 1.6 million students, and House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees beginning the FY18 spending process, we are asking for your support of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative. Please see the Afterschool Alliance's organizational sign-on letter (at the link below) calling for at least current funding of $1.16 billion for 21st CCLC within the FY18 House and Senate spending bills. Let's make sure Oregon is well represented!

Organizations are invited to sign-on by April 6th
CLICK HERE  to sign-on
Upcoming Webinars

OregonASK is hosting a series of webinars this spring about federal policy surrounding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and 21CCLC. Join us for these conversations if you can, or visit our website to view recordings afterwards. 

Presidential Budget for 2018- 21CCLC Funding Cut
April 11th 10:00-11:00 PST,  register here
Join us to discuss what the proposed funding cut to 21CCLC means to afterschool professionals, and how we can come together to advocate for the importance of these programs

Integrating Summer, STEM & ESSA
April 12th 10:00-11:00 PST,  register here
Join OregonASK and the National Summer Learning Association as we talk about utilizing summer STEM opportunities as a tool for ESSA implementation. And here the most up-to-date info on the policy implications from the state and national level.

ESSA and Afterschool
April 19th 10:30-11:30 PST, register here
You will hear national policy updates from the Afterschool Alliance as we discuss the state and national opportunities to integrate informal STEM within ESSA implementation. We will be sharing updated policy information from the state and national level, including budget outlook. 
Advocacy Toolkit

Want to speak out in support of afterschool, but don't know where to start? OregonASK has an Advocacy Toolkit that provides the user with a step-by-step process for connecting with your elected official. The toolkit can help you to:
  • Identify your legislator
  • Research the Oregon Legislative Calendar 
  • Contact your legislator via phone or email
  • Arrange site visits
  • Connect with the media
CLICK HERE to access our Advocacy Toolkit.
OregonASK Day at the Capitol
Make your voice heard!

Join us on Tuesday, May 2nd in Salem to share with your local legislators why afterschool matters to you. 

Thank you for your support of afterschool in Oregon and across the nation.

Beth Unverzagt, Executive Director
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