Advocating for Expanding learning
It's the job of policy makers to represent you – the constituents who voted them into office. Therefore your opinion on issues is extremely important to them.
This toolkit will provide you with resources and even step-by-step processes for connecting with your elected officials and advocating effectively for your program. Elected officials represent the voice of the community especially when they make policy decisions that affect afterschool and summer learning.
Likewise, after school programs provide valuable resources and connections to parents, youth, schools and the communities they serve. Afterschool providers can become strong advocates for expanding and sustaining the many services their programs provide children, families and the community. Visit our Advocacy Toolkit to find out more about advocating for expanded learning opportunities.
Connecting to Regional or Local Partners
One of the most important parts of advocacy is building partnership and understanding opportunities for connecting locally. Currently, Integrated Guidance efforts being done by districts and regional education service district includes community engagement and strategic planning that supports the most underserved populations.
You can find the full list of region contacts and Oregon Department of Education liaisons found HERE.
OregonASK has been actively supporting policy change at several levels since our inception in 2005. One of the greatest ways that we continue to support policy change is by helping equip you as advocates to share critical information with key decision makers. Find out more about ways you can be active and important information you can use to share in your community.