I was so inspired and moved at the CA Afterschool & Summer Challenge — it was amazing to see so many people fighting for one cause - together with the children who are impacted.
— Desiree Torres, Afterschool Advocate and Leadership Development Institute Fellow, 2017

The annual statewide California Afterschool & Summer Challenge educates and empowers professionals, youth, and families to engage in grassroots advocacy. In addition to helping advance the out-of-school time field, this advocacy experience helps show young people and emerging leaders how to speak out and use their voices to create change.

The Challenge Experience:

  • Gain tools and receive training, designed for emerging, experienced and youth advocates, led by policy experts, community leaders and youth

  • March with hundreds of advocates through the streets of Sacramento, led by the
    All-Star Marching Band

  • Rally on the Capitol steps, hearing from legislative champions, field leaders, family members and youth 

  • Share your stories and expertise with legislators to make the case for out-of-school time

  • Connect with advocates from your community to build a local base and coordinate future efforts


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Save the Date!

May 14 - 15, 2018
Sacramento, CA