Bronx Students Advocate for Sustained Funding for Afterschool Programs at the 12th Annual Lights on Afterschool Event

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Elected officials and community leaders will listen and respond to 200 youth advocates

Bronx, NY – Approximately 200 Bronx students will assemble to call attention to their afterschool programs and describe the impact of these programs in their lives to elected officials and other community leaders. Students will also talk about the impact of budget cuts to education as well as the need for further support of afterschool programs. The group will engage in several activities to illustrate the disinvestment in afterschool programs over the last three years.

Who:
Students from Community School 61, IS 98, and Fannie Lou Hamer Middle School
New York City Council Member Carmen Arroyo
New York State Assembly Member Marcos Crespo

What:
Lights on Afterschool is a national event to demonstrate the importance of afterschool programming for America’s children, families and communities.

When:
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Where:
Community School 61
1550 Crotona Park East
Bronx, New York 10460

The Children’s Aid Society is an independent, not-for-profit organization established to serve the children of New York City. Our mission is to help children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods. Founded in 1853, it is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics and camps. For additional information, please call Anthony Ramos at 212-949-4938/917-204-8214 email anthonyr@childrensaidsociety.org or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.