A project of the Afterschool Alliance

Policymaker proclamations

Many communities and states have had success getting their mayor or governor to issue a proclamation in support of Lights On Afterschool. In fact, nearly every governor in the country signs a proclamation each year. This gesture is a simple way for elected officials to show their support, and gives you something to show off and announce at your event.

More than just mayors and governors can issue proclamations—a school board, parks and recreation department, your own governing board, or your partners can also issue proclamations for Lights On Afterschool. You can use this as an opportunity to tell them about your program's successes and to thank them for their support. Below is sample language for a proclamation that any organization might adopt to endorse Lights On Afterschool and affirm that afterschool is key to kids' success.

Sample proclamation for governors and mayors

Keeping the Lights On After School: A Proclamation

WHEREAS, the citizens of the [STATE/CITY] stand firmly committed to quality afterschool programs and opportunities because they:

  • Provide safe and engaging learning experiences that help children realize their full potential.
  • Support working families by ensuring their children are safe and productive when they are out of their classrooms.
  • Build stronger communities by involving students, parents, business leaders and adult volunteers in the lives of young people, thereby promoting positive relationships among youth, families and adults.
  • Engage families, schools and community partners in advancing the welfare of our children.

WHEREAS, during the COVID-19 pandemic, afterschool programs have risen to the moment to support youth, and are critical supports to help youth recover from this challenging time and address their academic, social, and emotional needs. Afterschool programs provide engaging, hands-on learning and opportunities to connect with caring adults and peers. During the pandemic, programs have innovated to provide remote learning support, virtual programming, care for children of essential workers, meal support, wellness check-ins, and more. Today, programs are supporting young people and families as they navigate the return to school and will continue to innovate to meet ever-changing needs.

WHEREAS, the [STATE/CITY] has provided significant leadership in the area of community involvement in the education and well-being of our youth, grounded in the principle that quality afterschool programs are key to helping our children become successful adults.

WHEREAS, Lights On Afterschool, the national celebration of afterschool programs held this year on [DATE], promotes the importance of quality afterschool programs in the lives of children, families and communities.

WHEREAS, nearly 25 million families report that they would enroll their child in an afterschool program if one were available.

WHEREAS, many afterschool programs across the country are facing operating challenges so severe that they are forced to consider closing their doors and turning off their lights.

WHEREAS, the [STATE] is committed to investing in the health and safety of all young people by providing expanded learning opportunities that help our children learn and grow, while helping them develop the skills essential for success in life and work.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that I, [OFFICIAL’s TITLE] [OFFICIAL’s NAME], do hereby proclaim [DATE] as "Lights On Afterschool Day;" AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this [OFFICIAL’s TITLE] enthusiastically endorses Lights On Afterschool and commits our state to engage in innovative afterschool programs and activities that ensure the lights stay on and the doors stay open for all children after school.

Sample proclamation for organizations, institutions and other officials

Keeping the Lights On After School: A Proclamation

WHEREAS, [Name of Organization, Institution or Location] stands firmly committed to quality afterschool programs and opportunities because they:

  • Provide safe, challenging, and engaging learning experiences that help children develop social, emotional, physical and academic skills.
  • Support working families by ensuring their children are safe and productive after the regular school day ends.
  • Build stronger communities by involving students, parents, business leaders and adult volunteers in the lives of young people, thereby promoting positive relationships among youth, families and adults.
  • Engage families, schools and community partners in advancing the welfare of our children.

WHEREAS, during the COVID-19 pandemic, afterschool programs have risen to the moment to support youth, and are critical supports to help youth recover from this challenging time and address their academic, social, and emotional needs. Afterschool programs provide engaging, hands-on learning and opportunities to connect with caring adults and peers. During the pandemic, programs have innovated to provide remote learning support, virtual programming, care for children of essential workers, meal support, wellness check-ins, and more. Today, programs are supporting young people and families as they navigate the return to school and will continue to innovate to meet ever-changing needs.

WHEREAS, [Name of Program] has provided significant leadership in the area of community involvement in the education and well-being of our youth, grounded in the principle that quality afterschool programs are key to helping our children become successful adults.

WHEREAS, Lights On Afterschool, the national celebration of afterschool programs held this year on [date of national celebration], promotes the importance of quality afterschool programs in the lives of children, families and communities.

WHEREAS, more than 28 million children in the U.S. have parents who work outside the home, and 7.7 million children have no place to go after school.

WHEREAS, many afterschool programs across the country are facing funding shortfalls so severe that they are being forced to close their doors and turn off their lights.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that [Name of Organization, Institution or Official] urges the citizens of [Name of Community or County] to ensure that every child has access to a safe, engaging place where the lights are on after school; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this [Title of Official] enthusiastically endorses Lights On Afterschool and is committed to innovative afterschool programs and activities that ensure that the lights stay on and the doors stay open for all children after school.