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Although still in its infancy, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute has already generated extensive media coverage in connection with its mission and activities.

Schwarzenegger pushes Congress to save after-school funding

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger held a national summit Tuesday calling on Congress to preserve more than $1 billion in federal funding for after-school programs that have been criticized over lackluster academic outcomes for participants. Schwarzenegger was joined by education, business and law enforcement leaders in demanding that any reauthorization of the 2002 No Child Left Behind law maintain the funding for after-school programs. AP - Los Angeles

After-school programs make a difference

By Miguel Pulido, Mayor, Santa Ana, CA

The hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. are a critical time for children and teens, as this is the time each day that unsupervised kids are most likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol. When children lack access to supervised activities or guidance after school, they are also lacking the skills needed to graduate high school and stay away from juvenile crime. But there is hope. The Orange County Register

Op-ed: South Salt Lake is proving the value of after-school programs

By Cherie Wood, Mayor, South Salt Lake, UT

Most people support improving our nation's educational system and encouraging young people to achieve their dreams, but many do not see the amount of work that goes on beyond the average school day to prepare school children for the future. On March 24, leaders from across the country will gather to pledge their support and raise public awareness of the importance on after-school programs and their benefits to school-age children and their communities. The Salt Lake Tribune

Lunde: Keep funding after-school programs that open opportunities for youth

By Jeffrey Lunde - Mayor, Brooklyn Par, MN

More than 10 million children nationwide are currently attending and benefiting from after-school programs. While this number seems high, 10 million is just scratching the surface of the number of kids who could be making positive strides in their studies, physical activities and general well-being during their afternoons. Sun Post

Summit Revolves around After-School Programs

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and leaders in business, education, technology and philanthropy gathered at Town and Gown Tuesday morning for the National After-School Summit to discuss the importance of after-school programs which are in danger of funding cuts. Daily Trojan

#ECOTALKS holds first roundtable

Students and faculty spoke with actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. on Monday evening as part of the the SChwarzenegger Institute and Environmental Student Assembly’s first ever #ECOTALKS roundtable discussion. Daily Trojan

It’s 3 O’Clock. You’re at Work. Where Are Your Kids?

What do your children do after school? Many of our nation’s children (including two of mine) head straight from class to school-sponsored after-school programs, where they join organized activities, get help with their homework, and extend the social parts of their day. New York Times

Group Calls for Increased Investment in After-School Programming

It’s 3 p.m. Do you know where your children are? An Afterschool Alliance survey sought to find out the answer to this question across the country, and the results led the organization to call for more funding for quality activities for school-age children after the last bell of the day rings. Washington Post