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Tell your story of afterschool in Montana
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March Update from the Montana Afterschool Alliance

The Montana Afterschool Alliance envisions a future where all Montana youth have access
to enriching afterschool activities in a safe and healthy environment. 

Afterschool works to keep kids safe, boost student success and help parents keep their jobs.
  • Afterschool equips children and teens with the skills they need to succeed in school and life.
  • By increasing kids’ earning potential, improving academic achievement and reducing juvenile crime and delinquency, afterschool saves up to $9 for every $1 invested.
  • Afterschool programs are locally driven solutions that are shaped by the needs of the students, families and communities they serve.

Share your story of the impact of afterschool programing and why it is important to maintain or increase funding for afterschool and out-of-school time programs in Montana. Write a letter to the editor, invite a legislator to tour your program, or reach out to parents and ask them to speak up for afterschool in your community. Need help? Use the tools below or contact us for additional templates and resources.
#AfterSchoolWorks

Need a template for sharing your afterschool story? ‘Voices for Afterschool’ templates are available in three sizes to help you create polished images, presentations, and factsheets about how afterschool works. All you need to get started is a photo and a quote from a parent or business person when asked what do you like about afterschool?
Email Julia to get started.
Afterschool Impacts Database

The Afterschool Alliance's Afterschool Impacts Database is an easily searchable platform that can help you navigate the growing body of evidence demonstrating the student-supporting and community-building impacts of afterschool and summer learning programs. While there is not yet Montana specific data posted, there are several studies on the impact in rural communities.
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Add your organization to the voices calling for sustained funding.

Local, state, and national organizations are invited to sign-on to a letter calling for at least current funding of $1.16 billion for 21st CCLC within the FY18 House and Senate spending bills.
Factsheets to Use and Distribute
 
Pitch to the Media

Find what you need to gain media attention for your program. These Afterschool Alliance resources offer tips for writing to and for newspapers; assembling news releases, pitch letters, and media kits; and planning events.

News From Around the Nation


Check out these examples of stories and letters highlighting the impact and importance of afterschool programs. Want to write your own? Contact us for ideas and assistance.

Why employers should care about future of ‘extra’ curriculars
By Kari Denissen Cunnien, MN Star Tribune 3/27/17
“After-school programs are intentionally focused on helping young people develop skills like self-confidence, teamwork, stress management, empathy, and responsibility — skills that have been shown to be more important than IQ for success in the labor market.”

Evidence clear on after-school programs
By Nancy Hard and Angie Mock, TX San Antonio Express 3/26/17
“The most precarious time for young students is between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. If after-school programs are shuttered, countless children will go home to an empty house or apartment during the peak hours of juvenile crime and victimization. Working parents need reliable and affordable programs that not only keep their children safe, but also support academic success and provide access to opportunities beyond academics.”
 
Letter: After school funding a ‘critical’ need for kids
By Heather DeWitt, SD Sioux Falls Argus Leader 3/28/17
“The caring adults in after school and summer programs have made a positive difference for both of my children. They have had opportunities to make a difference in their world, been supported by positive role models and learned new things, all while I was busy at work.”
 
After-school programs are more than a meal, and they help students improve
By Jason Ray, TX Fort Worth Star Telegram 3/28/17
“The 21st Century program is a time for enrichment when school-day learning is supplemented with activities that range from enhancing vocabulary to tutoring to developing social skills. The children receive targeted instruction, often from school-day teachers, in smaller groups than are possible during the school day. The chance to meet individual children where they are provides an irreplaceable opportunity to provide support to those who need it most. Research shows the program does improve student performance.”
 
Do After-School Programs Positively Impact Children?
By Leah Askarinam, The Atlantic 3/23/17
“While there are studies that back up Mulvaney’s assertion that these programs don’t help kids improve academically, the evidence is dated, and proponents of the programs argue that they fail to account for some very real benefits.”
MONTANA AFTERSCHOOL ALLIANCE STEERING COUNCIL

Becky Bey,
KLJ
Tim Brurud, Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line
Patty Butler, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
Kelly Cresswell, Reach Higher Montana
Brian Dennis, Boys & Girls Club of Yellowstone County
Joe Hicks, MSU Department of Education
Danica Jamison, Greater Gallatin United Way
Heather Margolis, Montana Education Partnership
Kirk Miller, School Administrators of Montana
Nicole Mitchell, The Flagship Program
Tracy Moseman, Montana Office of Public Instruction
Meghan Phillippi, MSU Extension 4-H Program
Bethany Steinken, Stevens Youth Center 
Bob Vogel, Montana School Boards Association
Veronica Willeto, Pryor Public Schools 

 

Julia Gustafson, Network Lead
email: networklead@mtafterschoolalliance.org

Greater Gallatin United Way serves as the fiscal sponsor for the Montana Afterschool Alliance. 

MTAA is supported by funding from: C.S. Mott Foundation, Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, First Interstate BancSystem Foundation, and an Anonymous Foundation
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