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Elementary School Teacher

becoming an advocate

Take action and get involved in Rhode Island's afterschool community. Your voice and the afterschool impact stories you share can make the difference in young people's access to afterschool programs. 

Be an Advocate in Your Community

Write a letter to your local newspaper editor. Find tips and a sample letter here.


Work with local media to highlight a successful program and promote an event. Learn more about press releases, pitch letters, and media advocacy here.


Market your program in your community to attract participants and funders, encourage positive media coverage of your program, and build support for afterschool and summer programs. Here is a guide to get you started.

Need to highlight the benefits of afterschool?

Check out these quick resources to support your conversations:

participate in lights on afterschool

A project of the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their role in keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn, and helping working families. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and annually sees more than 1 million Americans celebrate at more than 8,000 events nationwide. Learn more about how you can host a Lights On Afterschool event in your community here.

National Summer Learning Week

National Summer Learning Week is a celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, and ensuring they return to school ready to succeed in the year.

Join the Engage Every Student Initiative

Engage Every Student is a bold call to action to provide high-quality out-of-school time learning opportunities for every child who wants to participate. Take the pledge to work together with other stakeholders to advocate for the needs of students and families in our communities.

Track Legislation

Interested in learning about legislation impacting RI youth and families? Learn more here.

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