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Become an Advocate

Take action and get involved in Alabama's afterschool community.

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Why Afterschool Matters

Dive into the research on why afterschool matters for youth, families, and communities across Alabama.

Afterschool programs make a difference.

Start here for the latest analysis on afterschool access gaps and the impact of afterschool programs.

America After 3PM Survey


America After 3PM surveyed parents in every state and Washington D.C. to examine how children spend the hours between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. 

Alabama After 3PM Report


America After 3PM surveyed parents in Alabama to examine how children spend the hours between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. 

Alabama After 3PM: Summer


Time for a Game-Changing Summer, With Opportunity and Growth for All of America’s Youth

Alabama After 3PM: STEM


STEM Learning in Afterschool on the Rise, But Barriers and Inequities Exist

Braiding Funds: Tuscaloosa 


A look at how braiding ARP and ESSER funds with other resources created impact in Tuscaloosa City Schools.

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Becoming an advocate

Your voice and the afterschool impact stories you share can make the difference in young people's access to afterschool programs. 

Be an Advocate in Your Community

Write a letter to your local newspaper editor. Find tips and a sample letter here.

Work with local media to highlight a successful program and promote an event. Learn more about press releases, pitch letters, and media advocacy here.

Market your program in your community to attract participants and funders, encourage positive media coverage of your program, and build support for afterschool and summer programs. Here is a guide to get you started.

Participate in the Afterschool for All Challenge

Each year, AELA participates in the Afterschool Alliance’s Afterschool for All Challenge on Capitol Hill in support of afterschool and summer programs. You can also take the Afterschool for All Challenge at home and amplify the voices of afterschool leaders on Capitol Hill. Get involved.

Participate in Lights on Afterschool

A project of the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their role in keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn and helping working families. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and annually sees more than 1 million Americans celebrate at more than 8,000 events nationwide.  Learn more about how you can host a Lights On Afterschool event in your community here.

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