YOU DID IT!
WESTCHESTER FUNDING FOR AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS HAS BEEN RESTORED!
Thanks to your advocacy efforts and the work of Westchester legislators committed to the welfare of children in our county, funding for the Advantage After School Program has restored to $22.3 million in this year’s state budget and funding for the Empire After School Program was increased by $10,000,000.
While Westchester County is known for its affluence, there are children living and attending schools in communities here with some of the highest percentages of homeless students in New York State. Because of your support and that of our government officials, WJCS will continue to provide high-quality, safe and enriching Advantage After School programs in Mt. Vernon at Edward Williams Elementary School - where our previous five-year Advantage grant expires this year and Hamilton School - where our Advantage funding expires next year.
Thank you to each and every one of you for your partnership in our mission of advocating for the people we serve and providing high quality services to underserved communities in Westchester. Their voices matter, your voices matter, and together we will continue to provide opportunities for the youth in our communities.
Don't forget to thank your legislator! While the advocacy done over the last few months was crucial to our efforts to restore funding for Advantage After School, we must also take a moment to thank our legislators for supporting our efforts and fighting for Advantage. Please take a minute to send an email to your legislators through the link below. It only takes a second, but is important to ensure continued support for afterschool. Feel free to customize the message to each of your legislators when using the form.
We hope to have your continued support for these crucial afterschool programs in the future.
WJCS is proud to advocate on behalf of those we serve, you should be to.