ADVOCACY AMBASSADORS are
LEARNING how to amplify their voice, CONNECTING with others to mobilize the grassroots, and TAKING ACTION with us.
By sharing knowledge, resources, networks and purpose, Ambassadors lead local efforts to protect and advance policies that support out-of-school time programs.
Advocacy Ambassadors commit to a year-long ambassadorship and receive training and technical assistance to coordinate grassroots actions. Activities include: coordinating a Lights On Afterschool event; collaborating with other local providers and stakeholders to raise awareness of the importance out-of-school time programs; engaging policy makers and the media on issues impacting the out-of-school time; and more.
The goal of the Ambassadors program is to:
Foster a statewide community of advocates for out-of-school time and expanded learning by building local networks of organizers and ambassadors
Create a plan of coordinated advocacy actions across the state to raise awareness of the critical role these programs play for youth, families and communities
As Ambassadors, participants will:
Deepen their understanding of the policy landscape impacting the out-of-school time and expanded learning field
Be equipped with skills, resources and support systems to organize local advocacy actions
Have increased confidence and inspiration to be advocacy and policy leaders in their communities