The Indiana Afterschool Network builds relationships with state and national legislators and public officials to advocate for out-of-school time funding and resources.

Join us in reaching out to your elected officials to rally support for your program and others around the state. Elected officials want to know what is happening with kids in their communities – your voice matters.

  • Educate yourself
  • Build your case
  • Reach out
  • Prepare for your meetings
  • Keep the conversation going

Reach out to Sara Beanblossom at the Network with your questions.


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The Indiana Out-of-School Time Advocacy Toolkit
All you need to know about lobbying rules for nonprofits, planning policymaker site visits, pitching to the media and using stories to deliver your message. Plus, key messages to help you clearly and consistently communicate about the promise of and demand for quality afterschool programs.

Lobbying vs. Advocacy
In short, advocating for your mission encompasses just about every form of communications a nonprofit can do. Lobbying, on the other hand, is very narrow. Learn a few easy-to-follow limits from the National Council for Nonprofits.

STEM Ecosystems Advocacy Toolkit
From the STEM Education Coalition, a collection of materials and resources to help you become engaged and tell the story of your STEM ecosystem to leaders and stakeholders in your community. Use this information to reach parents, students, educators, higher education leaders, business leaders, community leaders, media partners and all other STEM stakeholders.

Indiana STEM and OST White Paper
The Indiana OST community is ready to expand its STEM programming and to work collaboratively with their school partners. Read more about the Indiana STEM OST landscape in this white paper from the Indiana Afterschool Network, including how Indiana has been a national leader in OST STEM education and how quality STEM education has been a major focus in the Indiana OST community.

Indiana’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers 2019-2020 Statewide Evaluation Report
This report contains data on the impact of Indiana’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs. The Indiana Department of Education – in collaboration with Diehl Consulting Group – recently released a thorough evaluation of the program’s findings from 2019-2020, including information on the program’s background, its relationship to students’ academic performance, attendance, graduation rates, and more.

Afterschool Alliance
The nation’s leading voice for afterschool, the Afterschool Alliance is the only organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments.

Afterschool Alliance Policy Updates
Sign up to be int he know about federal policy issues that affect afterschool and summer learning.

Indiana and America After 3 PM
The nation’s largest household survey of how kids spend the afterschool hours compiled by the Afterschool Alliance.

Find Your Legislators
Use this online form to locate information and contact details for your legislator.

Campaign for Afterschool Toolkit
Election season presents an important opportunity to put afterschool on the radar of policy makers and the public in a visible and meaningful way. This toolkit will help you bring afterschool into the conversation.

2018 Indiana Out-of-School Time Learning Advisory Board Report
In the summer of 2018, the Indiana Out-of-School Time (OST) Learning Advisory Board worked collaboratively to create a comprehensive report to the Indiana General Assembly and the Indiana Department of Education. Key content of the report addresses OST programs’ role in helping to advance key Indiana state priorities.


National Summer Learning Week
Summer Learning Week is an annual national advocacy celebration led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to elevate the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer. Learn more, host/find an event, and pledge to #KeepKidsLearning.

Lights On Afterschool
Join the nationwide celebration of afterschool every October. Thousands of afterschool programs find ways of highlighting the important role of afterschool programs in the lives of children, families and communities. To register, receive promotional materials and participate contact the Afterschool Alliance.