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Advocacy/Policy
This section connects users to organizations advocating for policies that improve out-of-school time education and their resources. Advocacy focus areas include child abuse, sexual health, college readiness, and child development research.


Advocates for Youth
Advocates for Youth champion "Rights. Respect. Responsibility." They strive to help young people make informed decisions regarding their sexual health.
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Afterschool Alliance
Afterschool Alliance is an organization dedicated to increasing the availability of after school programs. Information is available on policy and research, facts and research, Lights on Afterschool, Advocate Newsletter, and resource links.
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The After-School Corporation (TASC)
TASC advocates with leaders to shape policy and grow sustainable public funding for after-school and summer programs. They work to develop strategies to improve after-school programming, and provide opportunities and support for after-school educators.  The site includes a document library with case studies, evaluations, and summaries of successful practices as well as a search feature for funding opportunities.
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American School Counselor Association
ASCA supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.
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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The foundation is dedicated to helping students graduate high school prepared to go to college. 
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California Youth Advocacy Network (CYAN)
The CYAN supports youth and adults in advocating for a tobacco-free California. The site provides fact sheets and strategies on working on tobacco control with youth.
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Child Trends
Child Trends studies children of all stages of development. They strive to improve the outcome of children by providing research, data, and analysis to people and organizations who actions and decisions affect youth.  Topic areas include child poverty, child welfare, early childhood development, education, indicators of child well-being, marriage and family, positive development, parenting, health, and youth development.
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CollegeBoard

A website dedicated to helping students choose and prepare for college. They provide information about schools, the application process, and they are also the hub of SAT, AP, and ACT testing.
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The Forum for Youth Investment
The main project of The Forum for Youth Investment is “Ready by 21”, a program which seeks to ensure that youth are healthy, connected and ready for college, work, and life by age 21. They accomplish this through individual effort as well as with the collaboration of leaders in education, business, government, and community-based organizations.
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National Association of School Psychologists
School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.
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National Children's Advocacy Center

This website is dedicated to awareness about child abuse and what to do when faced with a child who is abused.
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National Children's Alliance
National Children’s Alliance is a resource that helps local communities find effective and efficient ways to respond to allegations of child abuse by providing support, training, technical assistance and leadership to child-focused advocacy centers.
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Sparking the Future

This curriculum is provided to help create interest in attending college for those who are first in their family to do so. The website includes lesson plans and hand outs to help prepare students for their future.
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