Tennessee Afterschool Network is celebrating Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week April 19-23, 2021, to recognize, appreciate and advocate for those who work with young people during out-of-school hours.
We are joining the effort because we believe Afterschool Professionals make a profound difference in the lives of young people. We encourage you to join us in thanking the afterschool professionals in your life.
Here are some ideas on how you to show your appreciation:
• Declare on social media: “I believe Afterschool professionals make a profound difference in the lives of young people. #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 healthy or non-food treats for the staff at your afterschool program. For more resources and information check out www.heartofafterschool.com.
The most important thing we need you to do is to join us and help amplify this message. Use the copy above on your website or in an email and use the materials below on your social media channels. The world needs to know how important our work and this profession are to students in Tennessee.
Sample Social Media Posts
An estimated 850,000 professionals work with children and youth during out-of-school hours providing enriching experiences. We thank all the afterschool professionals at our program during Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week. #HeartOfAfterschool
I support the afterschool professionals who positively influence students’ development during out-of-school hours. You are the #HeartOfAfterschool!
I’m shining a light on the afterschool professionals who make a profound difference in the lives of young people. Join me in celebrating Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week! #HeartOfAfterschool
For Other Supporters
Join us in thanking Afterschool Professionals who make a positive impact on the lives of young people, during Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week from April 20-24. Show us how you’re celebrating by using the hashtag #HeartOfAfterschool
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Sample Press Release
Download a press release to promote Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week.
“Ways to Celebrate” flyer to print and share celebration ideas. Download.
Sample Talking Points
Use these talking points when communicating with families, community leaders and the media.
Sample proclamation for local and state offices
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 19-23, 2021 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.
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Governor / Mayor
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