Message From Richard: I Pledge to Give Kids a Place to Go After School

If you could give a child a safe place to go after school, would you? What about helping kids get better grades and go on to college? Or giving them time to explore new worlds and discover hidden talents? 

What if I told you that you can help—we all can—by showing support for afterschool learning and enrichment?

Today is Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide celebration to call attention to the importance of afterschool learning and enrichment for children, families and communities. In America today, 11.3 million children are alone and unsupervised after school. Afterschool programs, such as the high-quality experiences we provide the students at Pecan Springs and Harris Early College Prep Elementary in East Austin, keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning. They provide opportunities to help young people develop into happy and successful adults.

Here in Austin, Harris Elementary is celebrating Lights On Afterschool by inviting all Bulldogs and their families to an Afterschool Program Open House. Kids and parents will have a chance to learn more about the learning and enrichment experiences we engage students in through the Austin Film Society, Creative Action and kidsActing Foundation.

But you don’t have to be a kid or parent to celebrate Lights On Afterschool—I have a quick and easy way for you show your support.

In addition to serving as CEO of the Foundation, I am also the chair of the Board of Directors of Learn All the Time (LATT), an intermediary organization with a clear focus and strategic plan to increase the quality, outcomes, and the capacity of out-of-school-time programs.

You can help give kids a place to go after school by signing LATT’s pledge!

The Pledge simple and powerful: do you believe that all youth should have access to high-quality out of school time programs and experiences? Sign the pledge to show your support, and spread the word by sharing the pledge with your family, friends and colleagues!

Join me in pledging to give all kids a safe place to go after the bell rings where they can not only learn how to do better in school, but they can find new ways to ignite their passion—and engage in learning and life.