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Washington State Takes on Washington, DC – 2016 Afterschool for All Challenge

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Congressman Dan Newhouse with Beth Wyant from the Northwest Community Action Center/Yakima Valley 21st CCLCs and David Beard from SOWA at the Afterschool for All Challenge in Washington, DC.

An afterschool and summer team from Washington State stormed Capitol Hill in the other Washington on May 24th for the 2016 National Afterschool for All Challenge. Advocates from around the country met with key congressional leaders to discuss the critical role afterschool and summer programs play and the need for additional funds for programs like the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers. SOWA’s Policy & Advocacy Director David Beard was joined by Patrick D’Amelio, the Chief Executive Officer of Washington STEM, and Beth Wyant, the Program Coordinator of 21st CCLC programs at the Northwest Community Action Center.

The Washington State Team was able to meet with 21st CCLC champion U.S. Senator Patty Murray as well as Congressman Dan Newhouse from the 4th Congressional District (Central Washington). In addition, we had great conversations with staff from U.S. Sen. Cantwell’s office as well as U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, and other senate staff. The conversations are critical to bringing the message of afterschool and summer to Congress, especially as threats to non-military federal funding is very real and very scary.

In order to protect federal funding for youth including 21st CCLC and other education funding, we must continue to show members of Congress the great work happening in programs all over the state. To help support these efforts, please sign up here for our Action Alerts and please let David Beard know if you have a program you’d love to show off to federal or state policymakers!


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