Afterschool Alliance

Event Planning Kit

Events are easy!

Lights On Afterschool celebrations don't have to be elaborate—there are plenty of simple, creative ways to showcase the important opportunities available to kids after school. You’ll find everything you need right here.

Use Lights On Afterschool to:

Rally community support

Showcase student achievements

Highlight local partners

Lights On Afterschool events, like afterschool programs, come in all shapes and sizes, from stadium rallies and town parades to open houses and program tours. Just create a celebration that your community can support.

Lights On Afterschool was created to help you promote your program and efforts, so feel free to use and adapt anything here to suit your needs. Our goal is simply to make it easier for you to participate, so that as many communities as possible help tell the afterschool story.


Getting Started

Before you start planning, let's figure out the basics: Who, What, When & Where


Planning Checklist

Invitiations? Check!
Media plan? Check!
A Lights On event to remember?


Event Ideas & Activities

Need some inspiration? We've got some bright ideas for easy activities to make your event a success.


Download Complete Planning Kit

In a hurry? Download the full Lights On Afterschool planning guide and take your planning to-go!


Sample Materials

Just download, customize and
print—it's that easy!


Download Art Work

Download light bulb art to decorate.


Get Media

Tips, tricks and materials to help you become your own PR pro!

Sign The Petition


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Reach Out To Policy Makers

Lights On Afterschool is the perfect time to show local, state and federal policy makers why afterschool is key.


Get Partner Logos

Become a Lights On Afterschool partner.


Organize A Fundraiser

Use Lights On to help your program keep the lights on. Sponsorships can help you put on a great event without breaking the bank.


Case Studies

Pro tips to make sure your event's a hit.