Legislators, Parents, Children, Educators, Advocates Come Together for Afterschool Programs

Media Advisory

Mar 11, 2014, 08:09 ET from Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly 100 advocates including parents, program providers, youth, faith-based leaders and business leaders and other advocates from across Pennsylvania will come together in the capitol to highlight the importance of afterschool and out-of-school time youth development. The event is part of Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network's advocacy day. Legislative visits will remind the commonwealth's leaders that afterschool programs keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families. The rally will be held at:

1:45 PM Tuesday, March 11
Pennsylvania State Capitol Rotunda
Harrisburg, Pa.

Senator John T. Yudichak
Senator David Argall
Representative Jake Wheatley
Representative Bryan Barbin
Representative Karen Boback
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Two young people will also speak at the rally. Jory Strothers, a seventh-grade Higher Achievement Scholar student at Pittsburgh Science and Technology School and Calli Umipeg, the 67th Youth Governor of the YMCA Youth and Government Program and student at Harrisburg Sci-Tech High School will talk about why they believe that afterschool programs are important for young people of all ages.

Students from the Steeltown Entertainment Project's Youth and Media Program will be documenting youth participants' visits to the legislature for an instructive and inspiring video, showing how youth can work inside the system to speak with power.

The Pennsylvania Advocacy Day and Youth Development Day is sponsored by Allegheny Partners in Out of School Time (APOST) and the Pennsylvania School-Age Child Care Alliance (PENN SACCA)

The Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) promotes sustainable, high quality out-of-school time youth development programs through advocacy and capacity building to enhance the welfare of Pennsylvania's children, youth and families. PSAYDN is managed by the Center for Schools and Communities. More information is available at www.psaydn.org.

Aylissa Kiely
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network