October 12, 2021

Celebrate Annual Lights On Afterschool

On October 28, celebrate Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities.

About Lights On Afterschool

The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things—such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do and poetry—and discover new skills.

The events emphasize that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs. This year, there will be two online events for people to participate in.

River City Drumbeat Screening and Webinar

GOOD DOCS is providing complimentary access to River City Drumbeat, a new documentary about the River City Drum Corp. afterschool program from October 24 to October 28. Go to GOOD DOCS sign up to receive a code to stream the film.

On October 25 at 6 p.m., the Afterschool Alliance will host a conversation with River City Drum Corp. as participants watch short clips from the film and discuss aspects of the program and its impact. Register for the webinar.

Youth Town Hall

On October 28 at 6 p.m., youth from programs around the country will share reflections on the past year and a half and how their afterschool programs have impacted their lives, perspectives on what youth need to thrive, and hopes for the future. A special segment will be devoted to recognizing the powerful role of afterschool program staff and mentors in shaping the lives of young people. Register for the town hall.

Find Other Events

Communities nationwide, including many in western Pennsylvania, are celebrating. Find local events online. For more information and the toolkit, visit the Lights On Afterschool webpage.