Talking Points

OregonASK Policy Platform

We believe that all youth can succeed and thrive given the right opportunity. We recognize that our state’s diverse student populations cannot be solely and equitably educated through the methods found in traditional schooling and have needs requiring innovative strategies, alternative pathways, and expanded learning opportunities beyond the school day.

Sample Call Script

“Hello, my name is _______ and I am calling about the importance of high quality afterschool and summer programs for youth in my community. Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs) support the positive growth of our youth, communities, workforce and economy.” I have been working at _____[Share your experience in ELOs. Do you have a story from your program that illustrates either the need for ELOs or the impact of ELOs? Use the talking points below to support your story with data.] “My hope in reaching out to you today is that you will recognize the high need for all youth to have access to programs all year long and understand the positive impact they have in our community.”

Legislative Priorities & Talking Points

Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs) and Summer Programs

  • Summer Learning Loss and the Opportunity Gap
    • Low-income students can lose more than two months in reading achievement during the summer
    • More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities.
  • Access to food – feeding the brains and bellies of our children
    • Most children, particularly children at high risk of obesity, gain weight more rapidly when they are out of school during summer break.
  • Afterschool & Summer Programs in your community – Speak about the impact, amount of lives touched, etc.

STEM Focus

  • Expanding opportunities to learn key STEM concepts: studies show that STEM learning during the school day is necessary, but not enough support STEM literacy.
  • Fostering diversity: ELOs serve high numbers of youth populations underrepresented in STEM careers.