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By bringing together other youth serving organizations throughout the state that strive for quality after school programming, ACT Now strengthens our advocacy efforts, raises program quality, and increases our opportunities for collaboration.”

—Christy Filby—Executive Director, Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs


Find resources to build awareness about increasing the quality and availability of afterschool programming and address outreach and advocacy for local, state, and federal legislative and policy opportunities.


Explore resources and information about our research-backed Quality Standards initiative working to bring best practices, continual improvement and positive outcomes to afterschool programming around the state.

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About ACT Now

An increased commitment to young people beyond the traditional school day is critical to their growth into productive, healthy adults.

Through best practices, resources – and local, state and national partnerships – we unite a diverse, statewide network of thousands of members and ensure access to quality, affordable afterschool and youth development programs.