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In America today, 7.6 million children are alone and unsupervised after school. Afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning. They provide opportunities to help young people develop into successful adults.

Lights On Afterschool was launched in October 2000 with celebrations in 1,200 communities nationwide. The following year 3,600 events took place. Today, more than 8,000 Lights On Afterschool rallies are held annually, attracting 1 million Americans and media coverage nationwide.

Lights On Afterschool is a project of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has served as Chair of Lights On Afterschool since 2001.

The Afterschool Alliance salutes the many Lights On Afterschool partners and programs who make this event a success, in particular the After-School All-Stars, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 4-H Afterschool, Junior Achievement, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Young Rembrandts, and the YMCA of the USA.

We invite you to join us and become a Lights On Afterschool partner this year.

Press Releases 

2021

Oct 28, 2021: From New York City’s Empire State Building to the Mighty Lights Bridge in Memphis, the Lights Are On for Afterschool Across the United States Today!

Oct 27, 2021: Rallies for Afterschool to Be Held Across the Country Tomorrow for 22nd Annual Lights On Afterschool

Oct 26, 2021: Billboards Around the Nation Will Illuminate the Vast Contributions Afterschool Programs are Making to Students and Families in the Pandemic Clear Channel Outdoor Supports the 22nd Annual Lights On Afterschool with National Billboard Campaign

Oct 25, 2021: National Lights On Afterschool Virtual Events Begin This Week, as Thousands of Programs Across U.S. Rally for Afterschool Virtual Events Include Special Viewing of River City Drumbeat Film Tonight; National Youth Town Hall with Greeting from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona Thursday

Oct 25, 2021: Empire State Building To Be Bathed in Yellow and Blue Thursday to Mark Lights On Afterschool Landmarks Around the Country Lit This Week to Honor Afterschool Programs

Oct 22, 2021: Lights On Afterschool Events Around Nation Showcase Students' Music, Dance, and Art

Oct 20, 2021: Organizations Focused on Science and Tech Learning, Sports and Fitness, Public Safety, Food and Nutrition, Youth Development and More Are Rallying for Lights On Afterschool This Month

Sept 29, 2021: Lights On Afterschool Events Across the Country to Showcase Afterschool’s Key Role in STEM Education

Sept 2, 2021: Students, Educators, Community Leaders Across U.S. to Rally on Thursday, October 28 for 22nd Annual Lights On Afterschool

2020

Oct 22, 2020: America is Turning the Lights On for Afterschool Today!

Oct 21, 2020: America Will Rally for Afterschool Tomorrow as 21st Annual Lights On Afterschool Events Are Held Across the Country

Oct 21, 2020: Lights On Afterschool Events Across the Nation Are Showcasing the Engaging, Fun STEM Education Afterschool Programs Provide

Oct 20, 2020: New York City’s Empire State Building Will Be Lit in Yellow and Blue Tonight for Lights On Afterschool; Other Landmarks Around the Country to be Lit This Week

Oct 16, 2020: 21st Annual Lights On Afterschool: Student Conversation with an Astronaut Will Be Among Virtual Events Celebrating Afterschool Next Week, as Thousands of Programs Host Local Events National Events Amplify Youth Voices, Focus on STEM, Wellness, More

Oct 15, 2020: Lights On Afterschool Events Across Country Set for Next Week

Oct 14, 2020: City Leaders, Afterschool Supporters Light Up Billboards Around the Country to Illuminate the Work of Afterschool Programs During the Pandemic Clear Channel Outdoor Supports Lights On Afterschool 2020 with National Billboard Campaign

Oct 7, 2020: 21st Annual Lights On Afterschool Set for Thursday, October 22nd. Virtual Events to Amplify Youth Voices, Focus on STEM, Wellness, and More

2019

October 24, 2019: Today Is the 20th Anniversary of Lights On Afterschool. Across U.S., Landmarks Are Being Lit Up, Events Held for Afterschool.

October 23, 2019: At 8,000+ Sites, America Will Hold the 20th Annual Lights On Afterschool Rally Tomorrow

October 23, 2019: From New York City’s Empire State Building to San Francisco’s City Hall, America’s Landmarks Will Light Up in Yellow and Blue This Week for the 20th Anniversary of Lights On Afterschool

October 21, 2019: Lights On Afterschool Events Across the Country This Week are Showcasing the Many Ways Afterschool Programs Educate Students About Healthy Eating, Stress Management and Active Lifestyles

October 16, 2019: Nation's Law Enforcement Leaders Highlight Need for Afterschool Activities to Reduce Crime

October 11, 2019: City Leaders, Education Advocates Light Up Billboards Nationwide to Illuminate the Need for Critical Afterschool Learning Opportunities Groups Team with Clear Channel Outdoor in National Billboard Campaign Marking the 20th Anniversary of Lights On Afterschool

October 8, 2019: 20 Years of Fun and Learning After the School Day Ends: SpongeBob SquarePants and Lights On Afterschool Celebrate Two Decades Helping Kids

October 3, 2019: KIND Celebrates Lights On Afterschool – The Only National Rally for Afterschool Programs, To Be Held for the 20th Consecutive Year This Month

October 2, 2019: Lights On Afterschool Events Across Country This Month Will Showcase the Fun, Creative Ways Afterschool Programs Engage Students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

September 26, 2019: 20th Annual Lights On Afterschool Set for Thursday, October 24; More Than a Million People Expected to Rally for Afterschool That Day