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Afterschool & Summer Learning Day


Save the date! We hope you will join us for the annual Afterschool & Summer Learning Day on Friday, February 16, 2018.

Every year we invite middle and high school students to come to the State House as Afterschool Youth Ambassadors alongside the Afterschool & Summer Learning Day. And in 2017 we had a good problem: too many students wanted to come. We had a new record with over 60 youth signing up and many sent in video clips ahead of time about why afterschool matters to them.

In their own voices, here’s the 2017 afterschool youth ambassador video!

Numerous youth and programs across the state sent in video clips. From Onward to AIM to Unbound, check out the the full (and fantastic) video library of the 2017 Afterschool Youth Ambassador videos here:


This year’s Afterschool & Summer Learning Day focused on the Zap the Gap campaign, a statewide advocacy effort to create a dedicated public funding source for afterschool and summer learning programs.The 2017 adult agenda is available here and youth ambassador agenda here.


7:30 – 9:00 a.m. | Registration

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. | Coffee & Meetings with Legislators

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. | Committee Hearings or State House Insider Tours

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. | State Afterschool Policy Updates

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. | Federal Afterschool Policy Updates

11:15 – 11:45 a.m. | Lunch Break (on your own)

11:45 – 1:00 p.m. | Meetings with Legislators or Supporter Card Delivery

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. | House Resolution on Afterschool

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Debrief and Dessert

We recommend parking at the free Department of Labor lot at 5 Green Mountain Dr. and taking the free Capital Shuttle (loops every 20 minutes) or walking over on the bike path (3/4 mile). There are a few public parking lots along State Street that offer full-day metered parking but tend to fill very early. Note that you can leave your snow boots in the coat room at the State House and change into nicer shoes.

Inviting Legislators
Please email to let your legislators know you will be in the State House from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and would like to connect at a time that is convenient for them. Find your legislators’ contact information here:


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