Our Work: Advocacy
High Quality Out-of-School Time Matters!!
We know that ensuring that young people have safe, nurturing, high quality after school and summertime opportunities are a great investment. Quality out-of-school time programs build relationships with caring adults, improve engagement with school and conduct at school, increase academic achievement, promote health and wellness, support working families and keeps young people safe.
But we also know that the available funding does not come close to meeting the needs of young people in Saint Paul nor across the state of Minnesota.
The Saint Paul Children’s Collaborative has endorsed Ignite’s Policy Platform for 2020. This includes:
-Funding for Afterschool Community Learning Grants
-Modifying the K – 12 Education Expense Tax Credit
-Increasing the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provider reimbursement rate
-Increasing funding for the Minnesota Youth Council
The full policy platform may be found here.
If you’d like to help advocate for this critical funding, check out the Afterschool For All MN Advocacy Toolkit. There you’ll find all kinds of helpful resources to help you build relationships with your own legislators. These tools are designed to also be used to teach young people to become advocates.
The Saint Paul Children’s Collaborative is also supporting common sense gun control legislation including red flag laws and background checks. Too many young people experience gun violence and we need to do a better job of making our communities safe. If you are interested in more information about gun control, please see Protect Minnesota and Moms Demand Action.