The Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs hosted Florida's Day of Advocacy on Wednesday, April 12 at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fl. Over 100 Boys & Girls Clubs members, site leaders and representatives from the national Boys & Girls Club organization participated in the two-day event, with each Florida organization represented at the Capitol.
Guests enjoyed a welcome reception Tuesday evening before a full day on the Capitol Wednesday. Club representatives met with several members of the Legislature to share their Club experiences, took a tour of the Senate chamber, and then closed the day's proceedings with a luncheon hosted by Representative Dana Trabulsy.
Megan McCarthy Beauvais, Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collier County, shared, "The value of out-of-school time... is largely unprioritized and underfunded. Our advocacy efforts build upon the knowledge that out-of-school time programming has the power to create positive change, providing role models and dynamic activities to support kids in developing their full potential."
The Florida Alliance hosts the advocacy event each year during the Florida Legislative Session to educate elected officials about the out-of-school time programming that takes place within Florida's Clubs and to advocate for resources on behalf of its member organizations.