On May 2nd, our Tech Warriors took a trip to the state capital to join a rally advocating for the importance of afterschool programs.

The Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) reported that “today convened nearly 200 advocates including students, parents, educators, program providers, community leaders, policymakers, business and faith-based leaders and others from across Pennsylvania at the capitol to highlight the importance of afterschool and out-of-school time youth development programs.”

The day’s events revolved around investing in STEM programs that give students the background, foundations, and confidence to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

“Afterschool and summer learning programs are a well-documented solution to supporting the academic and social growth of all students, yet, it remains an under-resourced strategy for closing the achievement gap in our state,” said Laura Saccente, PSADYN director. “Communities that invest in keeping all young people learning, safe and healthy reap measurable rewards in stronger schools, safer neighborhoods and a better prepared workforce.”

During the rally, NLA Warriors Sha’Quayla and Naikaya gave a speech in the capital rotunda regarding the importance of afterschool and their experience as Tech Warriors.