Imagine if every youth worker told decision makers the story of a life transformed by an out-of-school time program. Imagine if every family member told their representatives what would happen if their out-of-school time program was no longer available. Imagine if every young person told our leadership why their program matters to them. Imagine the power of this connected, activated and passionate community.

CalSAC believes that if ignited, youth workers, young people and their families can fuel the process of change to ensure equitable access to high-quality out-of-school time programs, providing the support, inspiration and opportunity that all children and youth deserve.  Below are resources to help each individual activate themselves, their program and their community.

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Campaigns that advance out-of-school time opportunities and put children and youth first.


Launched in October 2000, 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 - each year, more than 1 million Americans celebrate at more than 8,000 events nationwide.

The 20th annual Lights On Afterschool is October 24, 2019! Register your event today and check out tons of resources to help you plan your event at!



This campaign to increase the After School Education and Safety (ASES) program daily rate is led by the California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance (CA3), a collaboration of afterschool providers and advocacy organizations that are dedicated to promoting legislative and administrative policies, both state and federal, that enhance the quality and accessibility of afterschool programs in California, including the protection of funding for the state’s ASES program.


A new video series, created by the Afterschool Alliance featuring moving testimonials from parents and kids about how afterschool programs have impacted their lives, families and communities. Key themes include supporting parents; helping kids learn and grow and inspiring future careers.


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Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world
— Dolores Huerta, American labor leader and civil rights activist