It is critical that afterschool programs and advocates be educated on current policy, as well as the importance of advocacy, itself. Check out the following resources for advocacy.
NEW! Iowa Afterschool Alliance Advocacy Guide
Throughout the legislative session, the IAA publishes policy updates bi-weekly to keep advocates updated on what's happening with afterschool-related legislation. Check them out here!
The Policy and Partnerships Committee develops the IAA’s advocacy strategy and works to align and inform policies at all levels that support afterschool.
If you would like to join this effort or learn more about the Policy Work Group, please contact Michelle Rich.
Local program providers, afterschool supporters, community leaders, parents, and youth are integral to the process of deciding which ideas become laws. The Iowa Afterschool Alliance relies on its members and other supporters of afterschool to share their stories and viewpoints with members of the Iowa Legislature, as well as Congress on the Federal level and local school boards, city councils, county boards of supervisors, and various other governing bodies on the local level. The IAA provides a number of tools for advocates that want to get involved, but just need a little help to get started. Please contact the IAA for more information or to discuss possibilities for training in your community.
Don’t know who your state legislator is? Visit the General Assembly’s website to find out who represents your district. Follow this link for a listing of Iowa’s legislators.
In January 2011, Congressman Dave Loebsack of Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District visited the S.T.A.R.S. 21st Century Community Learning Centers program in the Cedar Rapids area. He spent the afternoon checking out the students’ activities and hearing directly from the youth why they enjoy spending time in their afterschool program.
Ask your elected officials to see your programming in action! Tell them about the outcomes you're seeing, as well as what they can do to help support your program. Here are some general tips for working with legislators.
Afterschool as the Solution
About Iowa 21st Century Community Learning Centers
2014 Afterschool Policy Statement
What Does STEM Active Learning in Afterschool Look Like?
2014 Expanded Learning Legislative Breakfast Invitation
2013 Legislative Breakfast Invitation
Afterschool Facts: Updated for 2012
Literacy Strategies That Work
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) that Students Enjoy
Mitigating Summer Learning Loss
2011 Afterschool Issue Brief
IAA Extended Learning Initiative Case Statement (2011)
Iowa’s Blueprint for Afterschool
Iowa’s Blueprint for Afterschool:Five Strategies for Ensuring Access to Affordable High-Quality Afterschool in Iowa for Children and Youth Ages 5 - 17 is intended to start conversations, raise awareness and provide a plan for next steps for afterschool around the state. The Blueprint outlines five major strategies for ensuring that all children and youth have access to high quality afterschool programs in their communities.
Click here for Iowa’s Blueprint for Afterschool. For a short summary document on Iowa’s Blueprint for Afterschool, click here.