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Thank you for your interest in the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network’s Afterschool Community Champions Program. Champions are a select group of leaders in Georgia who commit to a year of civic engagement to strengthen community awareness, support effective programs, and bring diverse partners to the table. Now more than ever, we need advocates to support programs that are serving the needs of youth, families, and their community.
 
A successful Champion should be:
 
  • Interested in increasing access to high-quality afterschool, summer, and expanded learning programs.
  • Able to spend 2-3 hours per month on Champion-related activities committed to advocating for out-of-school time programs and the young people they serve.
  • Able to attend the two-day kick-off advocacy training on September 22 - 23, 2022 in Atlanta.
  • Able to attend, participate, and perform assigned duties as an ambassador in Afterschool Day at the Capitol (tentatively scheduled for February 2023).   

Available the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10:00 am for monthly virtual calls on the following dates and topics:
  • October 13, 2022 (Lights On Afterschool)
  • November 10, 2022 (Every Student Succeeds Act & Return on Investment for Afterschool)
  • December 8, 2022 (School Age Child Care)
  • January 12, 2023 (Legislative Preview - Children's Policy)
  • February 9, 2023 (STEM & Literacy)
  • March 9, 2023 (Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse)
  • April 13, 2023 (Juvenile Justice)
  • May 11, 2023 (Greater Atlanta Summer Learning System) 
  • June 8, 2023 (Summer Learning Week and Healthy Eating & Physical Activity)
  • July 13, 2023 (Final Call)
Please note: The topics of each call are dependent on availability & timeliness and may be subject to change.

Champions will have the chance to connect with various leaders and stakeholders who care deeply about the lives of children in our state. Throughout the year, there will be opportunities to develop an advocacy action plan, followed by the implementation of advocacy events with the support of a stipend. Champions also receive complimentary registration to the 2024 Georgia Afterschool & Youth Development Conference. 
 
The deadline to apply is Friday, July 15, 2022. Applicants can expect to receive notification about their status by August 2022. 
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to info@afterschoolga.org 

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* 1. Applicant Information

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* 3. In which county are you currently a resident? If different, in which county do you work?

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* 4. What is your gender?

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* 5. What is your race ?

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* 6. What is your ethnicity? (Please select all that apply.)

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* 7. Why are you interested in becoming an Afterschool Community Champion? 

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* 8. How long have you worked in or supported the out-of-school time field? 

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* 9. Describe your connection with the afterschool community within your county. 

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* 10. If you do not work directly with an out-of-school time program, which programs will you partner with for advocacy events, such as Lights On Afterschool?

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* 11. What issues are you interested in learning more about as a Champion? Select all that apply

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* 12. I have promoted afterschool in the following ways (check all that apply):

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* 13. Which three activities would you like to do more of as a Champion?

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* 14. Briefly share your advocacy goal.*

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