Join the Effort

Here are 6 things you can do to participate in Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week!

  1. Donate Your Social Media Followers!
    Go to http://bit.ly/heartofafterschool17 for the BEST opportunity to share the event with a mass audience. You can share both your personal followers and those of your organization’s.

  2. Share on Social Media
    Sample posts and downloadable images:

    I appreciate the Afterschool Professionals who make a difference in the life of a child. #heartofafterschool

    April 24-28, 2017 is Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week! Afterschool programs make a difference in the life of a child. Take a moment to thank those who dedicate their careers to working with them. www.naaweb.org/heartofafterschool

    Afterschool programs offer youth opportunities for enhanced education. At the heart of afterschool programs are those who work with them. Celebrate Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week April 24-28, 2017! #heartofafterschool

    DOWNLOADABLE IMAGES

  3. Send an Announcement
    Email or include the following in your newsletter to families, staff, and stake-holders:

    [Insert your program/organization name] is joining with the National AfterSchool Association to celebrate the professionals that are at the heart of afterschool programs during "Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week" April 24-28, 2017.

    We are joining the effort because we believe Afterschool professionals make a difference in the life of a child. We encourage you to join us in thanking the afterschool professionals in your life. Here are some ideas on how you can show your appreciation:

    • Declare on social media: "I believe Afterschool professionals make a difference in the life of a child. #heartofafterschool"
    • Give a hand-written card from you and/or your child to the afterschool professional in your life.
    • Send an email to an afterschool professional's supervisor describing why that person is appreciated.
    • Make treats for the staff at your afterschool program.For more resources and information check out www.heartofafterschool.com.

  4. Engage Your Community
    Click here to download a press release to promote Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week.

    Rally your local officials to proclaim Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week in your city or state. View a sample proclamation:

    Whereas the citizens of [INSERT STATE/CITY] firmly believe that afterschool professionals (those who work with children and youth in a wide variety of program settings to provide extended learning opportunities during out-of-school hours) have a positive effect on our children, families, community and businesses.

    Whereas afterschool professionals are a decisive element in children’s’ access high-quality relationships and expanded opportunities beyond what they have access to at school and home, which they need to reach their full potential.

    Whereas afterschool professionals deserve appreciation for all that they do to for children to enhance their education, promote physical and emotional health, provide a safe environment and expose them to new experiences.

    Whereas [INSERT STATE/CITY] is committed to supporting the professionals who provide expanded learning opportunities that will help close the achievement gap and prepare young people to compete in the global economy.

    Now, therefore, I [OFFICIAL’S NAME AND TITLE] do hereby proclaim April 24-28, 2017 as Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week in [INSERT CITY/STATE], and urge the citizens of [INSERT CITY/STATE] to join me in this special observance with appropriate events and displays of appreciation.

    ______________________________________________________                           [AFFIX SEAL]
    Governor / Mayor

  5. Plan Ways to Celebrate
    Click here for some specific ideas.

  6. Talking Points
    Use these talking points when communicating with families, community leaders and the media.