AFTERSCHOOL ALLIANCE

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education

Location: 1616 H St Nw Ste 820 Washington DC 20006 USA

Mission: To engage public will to increase public and private investment in quality afterschool programs at the national, state, and local levels. Vision: The Afterschool Alliance works to ensure that all youth have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. Facts: • More than 14 million school age children are on their own after school. Among them are more than 40,000 kindergarteners. • Only 6.5 million K-12 children participate in afterschool programs.  An additional 15 million would participate if a quality program were available in their community.
Target demographics: All children and youth deserve quality, affordable afterschool programs.
Geographic areas served: National
Programs: As the national organizing body and voice of the afterschool field, the Afterschool Alliance works at the National, State and local level by engaging in the following efforts: research and policy analysis; public awareness and media outreach; technical assistance; and opinon leader and policy maker education.

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Rating: 5 stars  

40 people found this review helpful

The Afterschool Alliance is a wonderful organization who has been able to spread the word about the need for quality afterschool programs though its Lights On event held accross the country every October. In the Spring they send our nations youth to the House & Senate to let their representatives know about the wonderful things they are doing in their afterschool programs. They stress the need to make sure that the appropriate funding continues to allow for a safe, productive time for our children both before and afterschool.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make sure our children had afterschool programs so our parents can work and our kids can grow.

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2008-12-01

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41 people found this review helpful

The Afterschool Alliance is an outstanding organization run by a dedicated and exceptional staff and supported by advocates from across the country. Their work has been pivotal in the quest for "Afterschool For All" and advancing issues for children and youth. TOP NOTCH!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

successful "Lights On Afterschool" and "Afterschool for All Challenges" for several years.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The amazing people and tremendous work they get accomplished with limited resources.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professionally and personnaly dedicated with extraordinary competency and creativity.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world and ensure that every single child and youth had access to a safe, qualiy afterschool program.

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2008-10-01

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35 people found this review helpful

The Afterschool Alliance is the best hope for securing permanent funding for the after school programs that our young people need and deserve. I know when I get involved in their efforts I'm working along with thousands of other sfor the same purpose. We're making a difference for children. We still have a long way to go, but as long as the Afterschool Alliance is here, I have a great deal of hope.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a visit to the after school program that I operate by Steny Hoyer, the Majority Leader in the House of Representatives. Staff from the After School Alliance helped me prepare for this event and make it a success that has helped our program gain local financial support because of the endorsement of Hoyer.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Learning from their experts. They have a wealth of knowledge that I depend on for spreading the word about the importance of after school programs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic and dedicated.

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St. Mary's County Public Schools

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2008-10-01

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31 people found this review helpful

The Afterschool Alliance is a tremendous organization that can help after school professionals, as well as interested citizens, learn how to inspire others to join the charge for access to quality afterschool programs for all of America's children. I have depended on the Alliance from my first day in the field seven years ago, and their expertise and consistent quality of information always makes them the first place I go for all issues afterschool. As a former program director, I first used the Afterschool Alliance to learn more about the field, to connect me to resources to help me improve and expand and how to advocate for more community support for afterschool. Our program held Lights On Afterschool events and participated in advocacy efforts at the state and national level. As a technical assistance provider to state departments of education, school districts and afterschool programs of all shapes and sizes, the Afterschool Alliance was the go-to site. The information on each state was invaluable for programs to learn how to define the needs in their communities and how to advocate for support for those needs. As an Afterschool Alliance Amabassador (Emeritus) for the last three years, it has been my honor to represent the Alliance and support the work they do. The well crafted media templates, strategies and networking are invaluable. Now working for a statewide afterschool network, the Alliance again is still the go-to for state and national statistics, to find information on legislation trends and hot topics and to find well written and compelling issue briefs and reports on the issue of afterschool. The Afterschool Alliance is truly a national resource for all that is afterschool and a first stop for anyone wanting to learn more, do more - be more.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

an increase in national awareness on the issue of afterschool and a marked increase in the number of government and private companies investing in quality programs for America's children.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being an Afterschool Alliance Ambassador and sharing with so many others, from program providers to US Senators and Representatives, how afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the best bunch of folks around - seriously. Everyone is committed to the organization and it's mission and gives 100%, and more, each and every day.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the future of America's children - one afternoon at a time.

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2008-10-01

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