In fall 2018, the Saint Paul Children’s Collaborative Board voted to endorse the Ignite Afterschool policy agenda, which focuses on creating a new state funding stream ($25M/year) to provide afterschool programs for an additional 25,000 young people through funding competitive grants to afterschool programs. The new funding stream prioritizes programs serving youth from families with incomes of less than 185% of the federal poverty line.
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.