What happens when adult allies continue to make authentic youth voice a priority? When high school students in various leadership groups from San Diego to Oakland, California, speak truth to power? When technology becomes a resource for across state collaboration? When young people meet up in Sacramento to speak to legislators about the challenges they are faced with and how afterschool funding supports overcoming some of these challenges? Answer: a $50M ASES increase with the support of our TACA – Teens Advocating for Civic Engagement – youth.
At the recent LearnLaunch Across Boundaries conference in Boston, Massachusetts, school groups showed off how they are using technology in the classroom, how students are taking the lead on projects that aim to solve local or global problems, and otherwise experimenting with nontraditional learning experiences. Using innovative assignments to better prepare students for the modern workplace was a common goal of schools participating in the showcase. And the bursting conference space proved they are not alone.
The administration wants to zero out dedicated federal funding for afterschool, while also creating a single block grant that would force states to make impossible choices with fewer resources to support nearly 30 existing education programs. That means more than 1.7 million young people in our country are likely to lose their afterschool programs. This move is misinformed and shortsighted, and it would prove costly in the long run.
For the fourth year in a row, President Trump’s budget calls for the elimination of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program – the only dedicated source of federal funding for afterschool and summer learning programs. You can take action right now to let your representatives know that afterschool and summer learning programs are invaluable to your community
Alaina Gassler’s 2019 science project started small, designed for her middle school in Pennsylvania. Soon her project to remove blind spots from cars, was winning county and then regional science fairs — and now, Gassler has taken top honors at the largest middle school science fair in the country, the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering as Rising Stars) competition held by the nonprofit Broadcom Foundation and the Society for Science and the Public.
In 2014, New York City launched a $52 million effort to launch 45 “community schools,” part of a nationwide movement to transform schools into neighborhood hubs offering a range of social and health services to students and their families. That investment, which eventually grew to more than 200 schools, is starting to pay off, according to an independent evaluation of the schools by the RAND Corporation.