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
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
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
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
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
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
Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the current and former governors of the world’s eighth-largest economy, appeared together in Sacramento to assert that the path to a global accord on climate change runs through their home state—and not Washington, D.C.