Here’s the latest news and events from the Ignite Afterschool network.

Use This Book! Contest for Believe It. Build It.

Click here to fill out the contest submission form. Believe It. Build It. was shaped by contributions from afterschool stakeholders all across Minnesota – it proves that our network can make great things happen when we work together. We’re calling on the power of our network again, and inviting you to participate in a statewide contest […]

Join our June Regional Meetings!

Watch out for Ignite Afterschool staff in your region this June! With the help of our Regional Igniter partners, we’re holding 4 regional meetings across the state to advance afterschool opportunities and drive the work of our network. Click each to learn more and RSVP. Presenting at the EPIC Conference in Willmar on June 4th. Hosting […]

Take Action for Afterschool Funding!

It’s time to take action to secure afterschool funding in Minnesota! The 10 legislators of the Conference Committee have been announced, and they need to hear about the value of afterschool from all Minnesotans as they decide what to fund in the final budget bill. This legislative session has been a rollercoaster ride – thanks […]

Afterschool Advocacy Days at the Capitol

Ignite Afterschool is coordinating with our network partners to organize days where afterschool stakeholders can get together, get fired up, and head to the State Capitol to speak with their legislators about the power of afterschool and the importance of funding afterschool programs through the Afterschool Community Learning bill. Here are the opportunities to speak with your legislators: […]

Register for Ignite Organizing Meetings!

The legislative session is in full swing and we need legislators to know that increasing funding for afterschool is an essential investment for Minnesota’s young people and communities. That’s why we’re offering a series of organizing meetings and webinars to help you share your afterschool story with policymakers. View all organizing meetings and details here, or […]

Urge Sen. Franken to Support Federal Afterschool Funding

Call Senator Franken to urge his support for federal funding of afterschool programs While we’re fighting to restore funding for afterschool in Minnesota, proposals at the federal level are threatening to eliminate the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) program. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, recently […]

Thank Governor Dayton for Supporting Afterschool

Thank Governor Dayton for Supporting Afterschool Programs Governor Dayton kicked off his second term and 2015 the right way: by laying out a bold vision for investing in education, including investments in afterschool (his full address is embedded on this page, read the top of page 4 for his remarks on afterschool). This is a […]

Give to the Max Day – Nov 13!

Support Ignite Afterschool on Give to the Max Day! Ignite Afterschool is working to create a vibrant statewide afterschool network, with the power to connect afterschool stakeholders across the state and make their voices heard on issues of afterschool policy and quality. You can support this work by donating to our Give to the Max page, and […]

Find STEM Programs Near You!

We’re excited to announce that our network partners at the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota STEM Network  – in partnership with Boston Scientific  and the MN High Tech Association – are launching a new tool to locate STEM learning opportunities in Minnesota! The site is, and features programs across all of Minnesota […]