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 lead local advocacy actions in their communities 

Required Dates:

  • Participate in Introductory Webinar – October 2018 (virtual)

  • Participate in Lights On Afterschool – October 25, 2018 (local)

  • Participate fully in 1.5-day Advocacy Ambassadors retreat – November 2-3, 2018 (Bay Area)

  • Organize an advocacy action or event in your program/community – February/March 2019 (local)

  • Participate in the CA Afterschool and Summer Challenge – May 13-14, 2019 (Sacramento, or local)

  • Organize an action during Lights On Afterschool – October 2019 (local)

  • Advocacy Ambassadors Monthly Webinars – monthly from November 2018 through November 2019 (virtual)

Applications to become an Advocacy Ambassador will open soon!

Contact Aleah Rosario at or 510-444-4622 x102 for information.


2017-18 Advocacy Ambassadors

Advocacy Ambassadors Retreat, October 2017

Majanaye Anderson

Beyond the Bell LAUSD, Woodland Hills

Kourtney Andrada

Girls Inc. of Alameda County, Oakland

Vincent Arroyo

Jewish Community Center, San Francisco

Jessica Burg

Kids' Country, Danville

Elvis Carrillo

arc-experience, Torrance

Jennyann Carthern

Paint is Thicker Than Water Studio of the Arts, Vacaville

E'rika Chambers

Collective Impact, San Francisco

Eva Gutierrez    

Girls Inc. of Alameda County, Oakland

Hada Guzman

Girls Inc. Of Alameda County, San Leandro

Brenda Hernandez

YMCA Of Metropolitan Los Angeles, Los Angeles

Harold Hutton

Diamond Youth Programs, Ventura

Massie Ilori

Tots Preschool, Colton

Manpreet Kaur

Sacramento City Unified School District, Sacramento

Sandie Khatkar

LifeScapes, Riverbank

Annie Ma

Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center, San Francisco

Rosalinda Mancillas

West Sacramento

Melea Meyer

Mendocino County Office of Education, Ukiah

Oluwatoyin Mixon

Tee 4 Women Inc, Fresno

Jacqueline Moreno

California Teaching Fellows Foundation, Fresno

Jessica Sandoval-Vallejo

ABC Unified School District, Cerritos

LaTricia Scott

Compton Unified School District, Long Beach

Marcus Strother

Sacramento City Unified School District, Sacramento

Desiree Torres

arc-experience, Torrance

Malia Villarreal

California Teaching Fellows Foundation, Fresno

Adrian Williams

Sacramento City Unified School District, Sacramento

Sterling Williams

Los Angeles County Office of Education

Los Angeles