The 17th Annual Lights On Afterschool
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Launched in October 2000 by the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.
Lights on Afterschool is an opportunity for out-of-school time programs to showcase the importance of quality out-of-school time programming to parents, school administrators, policymakers and community members. Take advantage of this annual celebration to highlight the important work you do why out-of-school time programs are such a critical component of a child’s personal development and academic success.
Message from the Arizona Lights on Afterschool Ambassador
This year, Arizona has an Ambassador for Lights On! Jeremy King, of City of Tempe serves as one of 15 Ambassadors nationwide. Read more about that from the press release.
One of his messages to you is to show your support to all–Register your event! No event is too small to share with the Afterschool Alliance and AzCASE is hosting a Lights On contest to take part! Take pictures at your Lights On event and email them to us at email@example.com or post them on social media with the tags: az_afterschool AND lightsonafterschool2016. The photos need to be submitted or posted by noon on the 21st and they will all be showcased at the AzCASE School’s Out Make it Count conference on October 22nd where a winner will also be selected.
To showcase the amazing power of out-of-school time the Afterschool Alliance, Ambassador Jeremy King, and AzCASE are encouraging each site to showcase activities that show hands on, experiential learning! Try one of these low cost, low prep activities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), Nutrition, Non-Elimination Active, and Literacy. Show parents and visitors the power of making learning fun in the Out-of-school time environment.
- Find writing prompts and have youth write stories or why afterschool is important to them in a lightbulb!
- Get active with your youth at your event!
- Get artistic and decorate the official Lights on Afterschool light bulb, which you can then send to local officials and partners in the community.
- Have your youth demonstrate STEM for your community!
Ambassador Jeremy King also extends an invitation to all to join City of Tempe Kid Zone’s Lights on Afterschool events!
Or have your own Lights on Afterschool Glow Party–just get a poster template.
Other ways to rally for afterschool programs in honor of Lights On Afterschool include:
- Ask your mayor to issue a proclamation declaring Thursday, October 22 as the official Lights On Afterschool day in your community and expressing the city’s support for quality out-of-school time programs. (Please share copies of the proclamations with AzCASE)
- Invite your mayor and/or city council members to tour your out-of-school time program and plan to highlight the accomplishments and interests of your children during their tour
- Invite your local school administrators and faculty and school board members to tour your out-of-school time program and plan to highlight the accomplishments and interests of your youth during their tour
- Follow up with school and city officials after their tours to discuss how you might partner with them and they with you to further benefit the children and youth in your community
See how programs across the country celebrated Lights on Afterschool last year!
Getting Started is Easy!
Whatever you decide to do, we would love to hear about it! Share your LOA plans with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.