14th Annual California Afterschool and Summer Challenge
May 14-15, 2018 | Sacramento, CA

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Be the voice of your community to ensure that expanded learning programming remains a public priority in California at the 14th annual California Afterschool & Summer Challenge. This is the only event of its kind that brings together hundreds of afterschool and school-age care providers, families and youth to share their stories of why afterschool and summer programming for youth matters. 

Already registered? Learn more about the event by attending a California Afterschool & Summer Challenge Informational Webinar.

Contact Charnelle Ruff with questions at cruff@calsac.org or (510) 444-4622 x 105.


Help Collect over 10,000 Postcards from Out-of-School Programs  

Use the instructions below to get your youth, staff and family members engaged in advocacy for out-of-school time programs!

  1. Download the Save Afterschool Postcards - Front and Back or make your own customized version!

  2. Have all youth, staff, and family members fill out a postcard

  3. Separate postcards by youth, staff and family members

  4. Return postcards to

    1. Bring them to Challenge – Charnelle will be collecting postcards at the start of the Policy Plenary on Monday, May 15

    2. Ship or Drop off at the CalSAC office by May 10. Send them to:

Charnelle Ruff

California School-Age Consortium

1918 University Ave, Suite 4B

Berkeley, CA 94606

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Challenge Information

As a participant at the Challenge, you're provided with:

  1. All Materials - including fact sheets and policy information, advocacy guides, legislative visit talking points and MORE!

  2. Training - for participants new to policy and advocacy, those more experienced AND for middle and high school youth!

  3. Legislative Visits with Your Team - each team will have a Team Leader to support and prepare the group for legislative office visits with your representatives and representatives in surrounding areas!

  4. Networking Opportunities - formal and informal activities to network and learn from other providers, families and youth from across the state!

  5. Meals - afternoon snacks on Monday and lunch on Tuesday

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Gain Training & Tools for Emerging, Experienced & Youth Advocates

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Meet with Legislators to Protect & Strengthen Investment in OST Programs

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March & Rally to Increase ASES Funding


Challenge Logistics

Below you will find event logistics to get you started on your journey to Sacramento. You will receive all this information in an email after you register.

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  • Youth Participants: If you are planning to bring middle and high school youth they must be registered by an adult attending the event. There is a limit of 2 youth per adult registration – please connect with the CalSAC office if you cannot meet this ratio. Youth will be assigned to a legislative visit team with the registering adult. CalSAC does not take responsibility for youth participants.

  • Legislative Visits: The Challenge team is working tirelessly to confirm visits with your legislative representatives specifically for you! If you are unable to participate in the legislative visits on Tuesday, May 15 please Charnelle Ruff immediately cruff@calsac.org. Learn more and prepare for the legislative visits here

  • Lodging: CalSAC does not cover the cost of hotel rooms. Our block of discounted rooms has been fully booked. 

  • Meals: We are happy to provide afternoon snacks on Monday AND lunch on Tuesday. Attendees are responsible for all other meals.

  • Transportation: Travel to and from the airport is not provided. The Hyatt Regency - Sacramento is within walking distance from the Capitol. Please notify the CalSAC office if special arrangements are needed.

  • Parking: Parking is available at the Hyatt Regency - Sacramento for $20. There are also several parking lots in the area that cost up to $18 per day. Click here to locate parking options in the area.

  • Challenge Issue Points: Learn more about the polices that we are focusing on during the Challenge here.


Challenge Informational Webinars

We host informational webinars leading up to the event. The webinar will give you an overview of what to expect at the event, how you can prepare, and will make space for questions. We highly encourage NEW Challenge participants and anyone interested and considering attending to join a webinar. We also encourage anyone only attending Day 2 (Tuesday) to join this call.

Thank you to our Community Partner Sponsors!