The Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) engages in advocacy efforts that recognize the value of high quality programs and their continued availability.

What Is Advocacy?

Speaking out on issues of concern to the public or special audiences. Examples include testifying at a hearing, writing a letter to the editor and communicating with government officials.

Why Should the Network Engage in Advocacy?

Federal and state governments’ impact on afterschool programs range from funding (appropriations to special state and federal programs) to program standards.

Legislators and government officials respond to constituents.

PSAYDN members are an important source of information on out-of-school and youth development issues for government officials and the media.

Maintaining public funding that supports access to quality out-of-school time/afterschool programs – even in these difficult financial times – is critically important to continue to keep kids safe, inspire learning and help working families. These programs promote positive development and successful transition to adulthood that all Pennsylvania children and youth deserve. Join PSAYDN and help advocate for quality programs and continued funding.