Biden Administration’s signature gun safety bill earmarks modest funding for afterschool programs
Weeks later, an After-School All-Stars student from another middle school in the area was shot and killed, said Daniela Grigioni, executive director of the Washington D.C. chapter of After-School All-Stars, which has about 400 students in programs across six middle schools in the area.
“They see it, they live it, it’s there,” Grigioni said of the prevalence of gun violence.
Afterschool and summer programs are increasingly recognized as having an important role in supporting kids with their social and emotional well-being and providing safe environments to address gun violence and other traumas. But ensuring that schools and afterschool programs are safe places, she said, “requires more money, requires more resources, more people, longer hours, more materials, more programming — more of everything.”
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