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MAR
21
2016

LIGHTS ON
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The 2016 Lights On Afterschool poster contest is open for submissions!

By Shaun Gray

Last year's winning poster was designed by Hicksville Boys & Girls Club of NY.

Calling all afterschool artists! Your artwork could be displayed at more than 8,000 Lights On Afterschool events around the world. Click here to learn how to submit a poster for the 2016 Lights On Afterschool poster contest!

We’re looking for eye-catching creatitivty to showcase on this year's Lights On Afterschool poster. Last year, we received thousands of youth artwork submissions from afterschool programs across the nation. Once again for 2016, we’re encouraging all afterschool program participants to submit artwork that celebrates afterschool programs and conveys the importance of keeping the Lights On Afterschool.

We all know how afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire kids to learn. Now's the time to encourage your afterschool participants to show the world how afterschool has benefited their lives!

The 2016 Lights On Afterschool Poster contest is also a great opportunity for an afterschool program to gain national recognition for the opportunities it offers, as the winning artist's afterschool program will be credited on the poster, too! The winning design will be printed on tens of thousands of posters and mailed to more than 8,000 Lights On Afterschool events worldwide. The winning artist will also be featured on our websiteblog and a national press release.

The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2016.  

Contest details and submission guidelines are available for download now.  Keep in mind that the winning artwork will need to be scanned to become a digital image, so avoid using textures or raised materials. We love bright colors that jump off the poster, so materials that won’t smear or rub off—like markers, paint and pens—often work better than crayons, watercolors or chalk. 

Feel free to get your future graphic designers and computer programmers involved by encouraging them to submit their artwork in the digital form. Unleash your creativity and get designing!

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SEP
16
2015

STEM
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Calling all afterschool tinkerers: High school inventors wanted!

By Ursula Helminski

2015 Bright Ideas Winner Ashley Chico, Invention: "Chico HealthCare Software."

We are proud to support Bright Ideas STEM from Today's Youth, a multi-state competition where students dream up the coolest inventions to make their own life, community or even the world more awesome and show how STEM—that's science, technology, engineering and math—can bring their ideas to life!

We know that STEM comes to life for many students in the out-of-school hours, at programs and internships where students put school day lessons into practice building robots, designing apps and researching solutions to community challenges.

The Bright Ideas contest gives youth a chance to see their ideas develop into reality. The competition is open to all public, private and parochial high school students or homeschooled students, ages 14 to 19, within any Bright House Networks service area (for markets, see Contest Rules).

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learn more about: Competition Science
AUG
26
2015

IN THE FIELD
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Deadline extended! Nominate a program for the Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award by Sept. 6!

By Nikki Yamashiro

If you haven’t heard about the Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award yet, you’re in luck! If you know of an afterschool program that is providing year-round support, has a strong literacy focus and is helping improve its students’ reading, writing and critical thinking skills, you now have until Sept. 6 to nominate it for a chance to win a $10,000 award. A steady stream of nominations has been rolling in and we can’t wait to see what other afterschool programs we’ll find out about over the course of the next week and a half.

Together with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, we are excited to hear from the field about the work taking place around building students’ literacy skills and to recognize one program with a $10,000 award. This is a great opportunity to showcase the achievements and impact of your program or of a program with which you are familiar.

We encourage nominators to download a copy of the nomination form and review the questions prior to filling out and submitting the form online. Be sure to visit our awards page to learn more about the eligibility requirements.

JAN
13
2015

STEM
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Successful science center partnerships for Lights On Afterschool

By Melissa Ballard

This past October, 20 science centers and afterschool programs across the U.S. partnered up to co-host a STEM-themed Lights On Afterschool event in their community. Most partners had previously been interested in working together, but hadn’t yet found the right opportunity to do so. We worked with the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) to offer a $1,500 mini-grant that would allow each science center-afterschool pair to make the first steps in what we hoped to be a continuing partnership.

After hearing back from all the grantees, we’re happy to report that the initiative saw many successes! An average of 190 children and 50 adults attended each event, participating in a variety of hands-on science, engineering, and “maker”-style activities. Science center and afterschool partners were able to learn more about each other’s work and find common ground. Many of the Statewide Afterschool Networks and city intermediaries lent a hand, inviting local policy makers and other VIP’s.

NOV
6
2014

STEM
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Guest Blog: Recycling Awareness--There's Work to Be Done!

By Guest Blogger

This blog post was contributed by Laura Batt, director of educational programs at JASON Learning, an exploration-based organization that links students to real science and scientists. Laura works in JASON's Immersion Learning division, which focuses on bringing the thrill of scientific discovery to students in Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, 21st Century Learning Centers, and other out-of-school settings.

These days more people than ever drop their used bottles, cans, and paper into recycling bins. The benefits of doing so are well-known: recycling reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators, conserves natural resources, and saves energy, to name a few. But despite the great progress toward making this kind of recycling commonplace, there's much more than we can do to give other types of products and materials a second life. To help get the word out, JASON Learning has partnered with industry leaders to create two contests that challenge youth to find creative ways to generate awareness about some other recycling efforts that are not so well-known.

OCT
17
2014

LIGHTS ON
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Snap a photo at your Lights On event to win $2k!

By Sarah Simpson

As you gear up for your Lights On Afterschool event this week, be sure to keep in mind the great photo opps you’ll have with your students, families and event guests—it could earn you $2,000!

Bright House Networks is once again helping us shine a light on the afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire learning and help working families with the Bright House Networks Photo Contest on Facebook

From dancing to designing robots, we want to see all of the cool ways that afterschool programs engage kids.  All you have to do is submit a photo of an afterschool activity that engages youth in your community.  The photos with the top votes at the end of the public voting period will be eligible to win up to $2,000. 

OCT
8
2014

IN THE FIELD
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Guest Blog: Seeking youth inventions to prototype

By Guest Blogger

Guest Blog by Reinaldo Llano, director of corporate outreach and special projects at Bright House Networks. Reinaldo leads community relations at Bright House Networks, one of the nation's largest cable and Internet providers.

 

Do you know a high school student whose creative genius is aspiring to unfold?

It’s been said that today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. They’re also tomorrow’s innovators and inventors. They are OUR future. They are the ones who can help create new opportunities for our local economies to prosper and flourish.

We are proud to support Bright Ideas STEM from Today's Youth, a multi-state competition where students dream up the coolest inventions to make their own life, community or even the world more awesome and show how STEM—that's science, technology, engineering and math—can bring their idea to life!

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OCT
6
2014

STEM
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Science centers partner with afterschool providers to celebrate STEM at Lights On Afterschool

By Anita Krishnamurthi

Lights On Afterschool, the nationwide celebration of afterschool programs on Oct. 23, is fast approaching!  And this year, we're adding a very exciting component to the celebration—a partnership with the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) to offer STEM programming in science centers around the country to celebrate Lights On Afterschool.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Noyce Foundation, we were able to work with ASTC to offer mini-grants of $1500 each to 20 science centers around the nation to form partnerships with afterschool providers in their communities.  They will work together to design and implement an afterschool STEM programming experience as part of their Lights On Afterschool event.  There will be a wide range of programming offered, from physics experiments to family star parties to environmental clean-up efforts.  This initiative reflects our ongoing partnership with ASTC in support of our Commitment to Action made at the Clinton Global Initiative America, an annual event focused on finding solutions that promote economic recovery in the United States, bringing together leaders from various sectors to advance a number of domestic objectives, including education and skills development. Our commitment aims to increase partnerships between science centers and afterschool providers as a means to expand the quality and amount of informal STEM education.