Afterschool Webinar:

Lights On Afterschool: Engaging Youth Voice & Letters to the Next President

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 01:00 PM ET

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This is the fourth installment of our 6-part Lights On Afterschool webinar series. Lights On Afterschool is a national celebration of the afterschool programs that keeps kids safe, inspire learning and help working families. Every year, more than 1 million Americans attend more than 8,000 Lights On Afterschool events in all 50 states and in the District of Columbia.

In this webinar, we will dig into how programs around the country can leverage their Lights On Afterschool events to engage youth voice. The perspectives, experiences, and ideas of today’s youth will shape the world of tomorrow, and it is crucial that we provide them with productive outlets to express their thoughts and concerns, and Lights On Afterschool provides a great opportunity to help the youth in afterschool programs to become engaged decision-makers and express themselves in a meaningful way. One great way opportunity to capitalize on the diverse perspectives that youth bring to the table is through the Letters to the Next President project co-hosted by KQED and the National Writing Project.


In this webinar we will be joined by Ally Graul, an Afterschool Ambassador and Director of Youth Leadership and Civic Engagement Programs at Alternatives, Inc. in Virginia, who will provide valuable insights for how she engages youth voice and will give us a special look at how she plans to leverage the Letters to the Next President project in her program. We will also be joined by Rachel Roberson, leader the Letters to the Next President project for KQED, who will provide great tips and suggestions around how your program can best capitalize on youth voice in your Lights On Afterschool events.

  • Robert Abare, Communications Assistant, Afterschool Alliance
  • Rachel Roberson, Letters to the Next President Project Lead, KQED
  • Ally Graul, Afterschool Ambassador & Director of Youth Leadership and Civic Engagement Programs, Alternatives, Inc.