I was so inspired and moved at the CA Afterschool & Summer Challenge — it was amazing to see so many people fighting for one cause - together with the children who are impacted.
— Desiree Torres, Afterschool Advocate and Leadership Development Institute Fellow, 2017

Join us for the 15th annual California Afterschool and Summer Challenge on March 11-12, 2019 in Sacramento!

Registration closes Friday, February 22.

ALREADY REGISTERED? Find more information about what to expect here.


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Help us bring the voices of youth, families and the community to the Capitol!

Collect postcards from youth, staff, and family members with messages about why afterschool is important!

To request postcards or print your own in-house, fill out the form here!


The annual statewide California Afterschool & Summer Challenge educates and empowers professionals, youth, and families to engage in grassroots advocacy. In addition to helping advance the out-of-school time field, this advocacy experience helps show young people and emerging leaders how to speak out and use their voices to create change.

The Challenge Experience:

  • Gain tools and receive training, designed for emerging, experienced and youth advocates, led by policy experts, community leaders and youth

  • March with hundreds of advocates through the streets of Sacramento, led by the
    All-Star Marching Band

  • Rally on the Capital steps, hearing from legislative champions, field leaders, family members and youth 

  • Share your stories and expertise with legislators to make the case for out-of-school time

  • Connect with advocates from your community to build a local base and coordinate future efforts