Not too long ago, we posted a story on our facebook/twitter pages about a group of middle-school youth who protested funding cuts to afterschool programs in New York City. After discovering that Mayor Michael Bloomburg had proposed cuts to afterschool programs in his preliminary budget, the youth took to the streets and marched on City Hall to advocate for themselves—an impressive and admirable reaction.
While not everyone can find time to hit the pavement in support of their favorite causes, there are other ways to show your support. In particular, sending a letter—even a form letter—to your congress -men and -women is an effective and relatively convenient way to have an impact.
In preparation for an important vote on afterschool funding, Afterschool Alliance recently put together an excellent example of an advocacy letter addressed to members of congress. If you would like to show your support for afterschool STEM, consider using/adapting the AA letter (attached below).