Organization Name: Afterschool Alliance
Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
Afterschool Alliance works to ensure that all youth have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs by engaging public will to increase public and private investment in afterschool program initiatives at the national, state, and local levels. The Alliance focuses first on underserved and disadvantaged children and communities.
Millions of the children and youth Afterschool Alliance serves rely on federal support to attend afterschool and summer learning programs—support that is determined by the decennial census.
To activate the afterschool network for the 2020 Census, Afterschool Alliance created a toolkit for afterschool providers to learn about and get involved in the census. Despite closures and restrictions due to COVID-19, the Alliance continues to share ways afterschool programs and staff can safely play a role in ensuring their families are counted. From including census reminders in upcoming emails and newsletters, to encouraging census response as part of check-in calls with families, the organization is one of many that continues to show how partners are making a difference in the 2020 Census.
“It is vital for families to hear from members already embedded in their communities that the census is fair and safe to complete, as well as why it is important for them to complete it. Afterschool programs are an incredible resource for our communities, and we should tap into their expertise and ask for their help to ensure an accurate count in the 2020 Census.”
– Jodi Grant, Afterschool Alliance Executive Director