More than 1 million Americans celebrate Lights On Afterschool at 8,000+ events across the country.
For this year's Lights On Afterschool, youth and parent voices are more important than ever before! Make your event an opportunity to connect with local, state, and federal elected officials by organizing a site visit or hosting an advocacy activity as part of your celebration.
Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their role in keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn and helping working families. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and annually sees more than 1 million Americans celebrate at more than 8,000 events nationwide.
Celebrations Across State Unite on Twitter
At an Iowa Lights On Afterschool event, messages and live tweets from celebrations in communities all across the state were displayed for attendees. Sites from across the state participated by using the hashtag #LightsOnAfterschoolIowa. The tweets also allowed those who could not attend our event to see what was happening at afterschool programs in their state. We were also able to call out leaders in our community and thank them for attending events, helping increase the visibility of leaders who support afterschool.