On May 10th our Reading & Tech Warrior high school students traveled to the Pennsylvania State Capitol to join in Afterschool Advocacy Day, sponsored by Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) in partnership with the Pennsylvania School-Age Child Care Alliance (Penn SACCA) and the Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST).

Advocates including parents, program providers, youth, faith-based leaders, community and business leaders from across the state gathered together to highlight the importance of afterschool programs in our state.

The day included a breakfast and visits with legislators, table displays demonstrated quality afterschool programming, and an Afterschool Advocacy Rally in the Capitol Rotunda. Activities largely focused on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); Business and Industry/Workforce/College and Career Readiness; and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). “We had a great day in Harrisburg,” said Kathryn Vargas of APOST (Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time). “[We were] with The People’s Office, Representative Ed Gainey, Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network, and 150 of Allegheny County’s finest advocating for the importance of sustained federal support and state funding for afterschool!”