There are a lot of social media campaigns to take advantage of this summer and add to your own digital communications. We will list all the campaigns here in order of urgency and expiration dates.
COVID-19 SUMMER PROVIDER SURVEY FROM AFTERSCHOOL ALLIANCE
With a deadline of 11:59 p.m. on June 27, this survey from the Afterschool Alliance is part of their ongoing testing of the state of afterschool programs across the nation in the aftermath of COVID-19. We need at least 30 responses from Tennessee. For more information on the survey and the suggested social media and other articles to share it with your followers, go to http://www.tnafterschool.org/latest-covid-19-summer-program-provider-survey-please-help-spread-the-word/
CALL FOR YOUTH VOICES IN AFTERSCHOOL
Afterschool Alliance is again looking for afterschool youth ambassadors from every state who will share their stories. The deadline for submissions is June 30 at 11:59 PM and they must be submitted with parent or guardian permission. For more information and a list of social media posts to use, visit the TAN website at: http://www.tnafterschool.org/call-for-youth-voices-in-afterschool/
POWER OF YOUTH CHALLENGE
America’s Promise has launched a mini grant challenge that is due on June 30. Teens can create mini summer programs (food drives, etc) and submit them for a small grant. Follow this link for the social media package to promote this opportunity to your followers: http://www.tnafterschool.org/power-of-youth-challenge-serve-this-summer/
SUMMER LEARNING WEEK, JULY 12 – 16
National Summer Learning Week is a celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school ready to succeed in the year. You can begin using SLW social media and graphics now and continue through until July 16. At this time, this year’s themes are Dive into a Book Adventure, Discover STEM and Soar, Eat Healthy and Grow Strong to Win at Wellness, Celebrate the Future Leaders of Tomorrow, and Make a Masterpiece (https://www.summerlearning.org/summer-learning-week/theme-days-and-resources/). You can participate in the #Summer Matters #SummerLearningWeek Social Media Challenge (https://www.summerlearning.org/summer-learning-week/summermatters-challenge/) now by spreading the news of the event, soliciting people to share their summer learning stories, or creating and sharing your own summer learning story. As long as you have a gmail account and Google drive, you can download graphics at this location (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1XOhqIRB4r1jvS0HuMnRY71h64UVxSkv4). And remember to download your #SummerLearningWeek Social Media and News Letter copy at (https://www.summerlearning.org/knowledge-center/summerlearningweek-social-media-and-email-copy/).
YSA AFTERSCHOOL GRANTS – DUE JULY 30
With generous support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Youth Service America will award Afterschool Grants of up to $500 each to support afterschool programs to engage students in youth-led service or service-learning activities during the 2021-2022 academic year. Any afterschool program in the U.S. that engages at least 50 middle & high school students can apply through July 30 at YSA.org/afterschool. Follow this link http://www.tnafterschool.org/2021-2022-ysa-afterschool-grants/ for newsletter, blog, and social media copy to promote these grants in your area.
A new website, HelpKidsRecover.org, serves as a resource for local and state education agencies on using American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to support students’ academic, social, and emotional growth by partnering with community-based afterschool and summer programs. Follow this link http://www.tnafterschool.org/helpkidsrecover-org-and-arp/ for more information as well as social media materials to help make programs more aware of the resources available to them. This campaign is good through early August.
AMERICA AFTER 3 P.M. – A GAME CHANGING SUMMER
These are the major findings for Tennessee and the U.S. regarding summer learning programs. Share this information with your local afterschool and summer learning programs, with your local media and elected officials, and on social media. Suggested social media materials can be found at http://www.tnafterschool.org/top-5-findings-from-the-america-after-3pm-special-report-time-for-a-game-changing-summer/. These campaign materials are good through early August.
Monthly Materials Through Afterschool Alliance
Each month Afterschool Alliance publishes a calendar of social media posts for their state networks to use. Since 2020, they have also published a series of Million Girl Moonshot monthly social media calendars. To see these materials and download them, visit the Afterschool Alliance’s Communications Toolkit page at https://afterschool.nptoolkit.org/ and bookmark it so you don’t lose it. Sometimes a month is skipped or the material isn’t released until the middle of the month, so check back frequently. The AA monthly social media calendar will be found under the heading “Engagement Materials and Tools.” Million Girl Moonshot materials will be found under the heading of the same name. As long as you have a Gmail account and Google Drive, you should be able to click on and download the materials.