Diverse partners helped keep the Lights On Afterschool this yearby Robert Abare
As you might have heard, Lights On Afterschool 2016 was a big success. The national celebration of afterschool programs would not have been possible without enthusiastic participation from a host of partners, from national organizations that serve thousands of kids to local programs that help small communities.
Major afterschool providers took part in Lights On Afterschool 2016, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, YMCA of the USA, After-School All Stars, Camp Fire, and 4-H, which celebrated in coordination with National Youth Science Day and provided multiple sites with “Drone Discovery” experiment kits.
At the national and local levels, companies lent their support in many ways, from donating resources to helping build public awareness to participating in events. Bright House Networks provided hands-on STEM learning experiences for 1,000 kids across Florida; Scholastic gave away 100 books; WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS gave away their publishing-based literacy program; STEMfinity provided $3000 of experiment kits; and Torani sent celebratory party supplies to the winners of our national Lights On Afterschool poster contest.
Of course, Lights On Afterschool wouldn't shine without the thousands (8,200 to be exact!) of programs and leaders who hosted an event in their communities. Just like the learning experiences that happen after school, this year's Lights On events came in all shapes and sizes and provided diverse opportunities for kids to learn, grow and speak out.
Celebrating afterschool STEM
Celebrating health & wellness
Celebrating youth voices
Celebrating afterschool allies