Open letter to CA legislators to invest in after school recovery

What is this letter about?

We are asking legislators to strategically invest more funds in community-based organizations providing after school learning and enrichment opportunities to support these students’ mental health, social-emotional well-being, and accelerate learning outside of schools.

Specifically we are asking the state to do the following for the 2021-22 budget:

  • Set aside at least $1.1 billion from the American Rescue Plan for nonprofit community-based organizations (CBOs) providing after school learning opportunities.
  • Provide a cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for the After School Education and Safety (ASES) program and 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) increasing funding by a total of $194 million.
  • Ensure that all after school recovery funds are directed to the most underserved students and that the process for selecting organizations to receive funding is transparent and engages parents and families.
  • Pass AB 1112 which will stabilize after school and summer programs by creating a stakeholder-driven funding formula for these programs.

How does it align with yli’s values?

As a community-based organization that provides after-school programming for youth, yli has heard directly from youth how critical these programs are to their wellbeing, growth and access to opportunity – particularly for those communities who have been marginalized, exploited and excluded for generations.

What is yli doing about it?

yli’s staff have signed their names to this letter, and we are voicing our support on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Who crafted this letter?

Innovate Public School Parent Leader Teams and Partners

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