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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Youth Development

Mission: Our mission is to engage public will to increase public and private investment in quality afterschool program initiatives at the national, state, and local levels. As the national voice of afterschool and the main organizing body of the afterschool movement, we provide supports to all members of the field, from national allies to state leaders to local programs, seeking to ensure that all youth have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs.

Results: The Afterschool Alliance is the only organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments. We work with the presidential administration, the U.S. Congress, governors, mayors, and advocates across the country. Today the Afterschool Alliance boasts more than 25,000 afterschool program partners and our publications reach more than 65,000 interested individuals every month. Our efforts include Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide celebration of afterschool programs that attracts 1 million Americans to more than 8,000 events across the country.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

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.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!



Rating: 5

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.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.