NC CAP’s Hours of Opportunity Campaign: Afterschool for All builds on the network’s reputation as the state’s “voice” of afterschool by uniting over 5,000 afterschool programs serving more than 150,000 children and youth with the support of 35 key policy partners to address afterschool & expanded learning accessibility and sustainability.
The Hours of Opportunity campaign works to build public will through raising awareness about the importance of afterschool & expanded learning programs by focusing on the times in which students are not in formal classrooms, a critical time which national research shows are the peak hours for juvenile crime and gang activity; children being victimized by crime; experimentation with sex, drugs, tobacco and alcohol; and the prime time for teens being involved in car accidents.
In addition, children in areas without a safe place to go and be active from 3pm to 6pm, weekends, track-out, and summers are faced with higher obesity rates and ensuing health issues.
Goals of the Hours of Opportunity Campaign
Goals of the Hours of Opportunity campaign include
- Influencing policy to build and sustain funding for out-of-school time programs, by positioning NC CAP at the forefront of the policy arena to reinstate lost afterschool funding streams as the economy recovers in future years, and creating sustainable new private funding streams to support and strengthen existing program.
- Raising public awareness of the benefits of high quality afterschool programs so that parents, educators, school administrators, and other stakeholders advocate for and actively support afterschool programs in their communities.
- Engaging state and local political champions as afterschool advocates and spokespersons.
- Identifying and supporting state and local policy changes to request in lieu of funding during the current economic climate, including additional funding flexibility, a legislative study or commission, and other non-monetary efforts that would bolster afterschool.
- Building and empowering local afterschool coalitions working across sectors to better meet the needs of children and youth during the ‘3 to 6’ hours.
- Grassroots advocacy work within communities.
Through this campaign, NC CAP will deepen its advocacy work from the grassroots to the grass tops through the leadership of a smaller, high-level policy board composed of business leaders, foundation officials and individuals respected in policymaking circles. NC CAP will work to engage federal, state, and local political champions as advocates. NC CAP will work to build and empower local afterschool and expanded learning coalitions to continue the effort of ensuring high quality afterschool and expanded learning programs for all students in North Carolina.