Building relationships with policy makers

Call or Write to Congress and the President

When you express your opinion to your elected officials, it can help shape the policy they create. It is very important to remind policy makers of the importance of afterschool programs. Making your voice heard at key moments in the policymaking process can be critical to the futures of afterschool programs.

Enter your zip code in the "Contact Congress" box to contact your elected representatives about the most current federal policy related to afterschool, and/or;

Write to your policy makers. Use one of the Sample Letters below to write to your U.S. Senators, Representatives and the President about the value of afterschool in your community:

You can look up contact information for the President or for your policy makers at or

Contact Congress. Ask school leaders, parents, community members, mayors, police chiefseveryone that has an interest in keeping afterschool programs opento send a message about the importance of afterschool programs. Set a goal of sending 25-50 messages. Find the address, phone number, and website for your Members of Congress by entering your zip code in the Contact Congress box. Use the tools below for your calls and emails:

  • Sample script for calling Congress. A phone call is one of the most effective ways to voice your concerns to Congress. You can call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to reach the offices. If you are not sure of your Senators/Representatives' names, the Switchboard can tell you based on your zip code, or you can look them up online.

Contact the President. President Obama and his advisors are in the process of determining the budget for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers afterschool program. Be sure to make your voice heard on this matter by calling, writing or sending an email. Use the sample letter template or call script, or use our legislative action center to send an email in seconds.