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. 
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!

Local, state and national  organizations are invited to sign-on by March 30. 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 look for recordings afterwards. 

Preserving 21st Century Community Learning Centers
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 and to preserve 21CCLC in Oregon.  This webinar has been RESCHEDULED from our previous  March 28th  date.

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. 
Take Individual Action

You can make a difference. Call on congress to  protect funding for afterschool and summer learning programs. Need help finding your legislators? Click HERE. Need talking points to support your own stories of afterschool? HERE is evidence showing that Afterschool Works. 
OregonASK Afterschool & Summer Learning 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 expanded learning opportunities in Oregon and across the nation!

Beth Unverzagt, Executive Director
(503)689-1656
(503)689-1656 | general@oregonask.org | www.oregonask.org
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