10th Annual California Afterschool and Summer Challenge

Sacramento, CA – Hundreds of youth advocates and students from across California will rally, learn how to advocate on their own behalf and fan out across the state Capitol to urge lawmakers to support high-quality summer learning programs and increased funding for year-round learning at the May 12-13 “California Afterschool and Summer Challenge.”

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will be recognized with a Summer Superhero cape for his tireless efforts to promote high-quality summer learning through the Summer Matters campaign. With summer rapidly approaching and school districts across California evaluating how to spend their funds, communities across California are taking a second look at summer. Research shows that while traditional “summer school” programs can actually feel like punishment to the students who need the most help, summer learning programs that are designed to be engaging and fun can make an enormous difference in the success of our state’s most at-risk youth. The California Afterschool and Summer Challenge will empower advocates to share this evidence with their communities, to prove that summer learning works.

Advocates will also urge lawmakers to support SB 1221 (Hancock), which would maximize expanded learning programs’ impact on students by championing high-quality, year-round programming, streamlining administration, and supporting data-driven quality improvement programs.

Hundreds of kids from all eleven regions designated by California’s Department of Education, including the cities of Sacramento, Los Angeles, Chico, Fresno, San Francisco (see full list at the end of this release)

Expected Speakers Include: Loni Hancock, State Senator (D-9); Michael Funk of the Afterschool Division of the CA Department of Education; Ruth Obel-Jorgensen, CalSAC Executive Director; Jennifer Peck, Executive Director of the Partnership for Children & Youth and Chair of the Summer Matters Campaign; and Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Dozens of organizations including: AIM High, Bay Area Community Resources, CalSAC, San Francisco USD, Building Healthy Communities AmeriCorps (see full list at the end of this release)

WHAT: The 10th annual California Afterschool and Summer Challenge, hosted by the California School-Age Consortium

May 12th, 2014, 11:30am-5:00pm – ADVOCACY DAY – SHERATON GRAND HOTEL
 May 13th, 2014, 11:40am-12:30pm – RALLY – NORTH STEPS OF STATE CAPITOL