Lights on Afterschool

Each October, one million Americans and more than 7,500 communities nationwide celebrate the afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families. 

Lights On Afterschool is a national advocacy day where afterschool programs across the nation host events to celebrate their programs and increase awareness about the importance of afterschool.

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 7,500 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. Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has served as Chair of Lights On Afterschool since 2001.

October 22, 2020 is the date for this year’s Lights On Afterschool Day. We want North Carolina to have a record number of events in 2020, so be sure to register with the Afterschool Alliance! Start planning now!

The Afterschool Alliance provides tools and resources to host successful events, including an event planning kit. The Alliance and NC CAP encourages all programs and organizations to register their Lights On events with the Afterschool Alliance so we can have a record of what happens year to year. When you register your event, you also receive free posters, advertising post cards, and buttons, so be sure to take advantage of the registration process!

Lights On Afterschool 2020 Celebration

Join us to reflect, celebrate, and call attention to the afterschool programs that are so critical to youth and families during the 21st annual Lights On Afterschool. We know it has been a hard year, and Lights On will look very different this year.  In North Carolina, the NC Center for Afterschool Programs will celebrate Lights On Afterschool all week with an array of virtual activities. Review the details below to find ways to participate in the celebration of the role of afterschool programs in the lives of youth, families, and communities statewide and nationally. 

Check out the schedule of events for Lights On Afterschool below!

Schedule of Events

Monday, October 19th, 2020 

Lightbulb Challenge

How To Participate: Take a photo of yourself, team and/or youth program participants with your hands up like a lightbulb. Post your picture on Twitter and tag @ncafterschool for a chance to have your photo retweeted. Let us know why North Carolina should keep the light on afterschool programs statewide and don’t forget to use the hashtag #LightsOnAfterschool. Learn more about the Lightbulb Challenge here

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

 Synergy Conference 2020 Flashback – NASA Astronaut Christina Koch “The Wonder of Space”

How To Participate: Watch the flashback video of NASA Astronaut Christina Koch’s Keynote “The Wonder of Space” from the Synergy Conference 2020. The video will be shared at 12 pm ET on Twitter. Be sure to follow @ncafterschool on Twitter so that you don’t miss the video flashback. Retweet the video. What inspired you the most about this video? 

Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

Synergy Conference 2020 Flashback: Greg Jackson “The Fight Before the Healing”

How To Participate: Watch the flashback video of Greg Jackson of Heal Charlotte’s Keynote “The Fight Before the Healing” from the Synergy Conference 2020. The video will be shared at 12pm ET on Twitter. Be sure to follow @ncafterschool on Twitter so that you don’t miss the video flashback. Retweet the video. What keeps you motivated through difficult times?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 [LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL DAY]

Keeping the Lights On Afterschool Day Proclamation

How To Participate: Governor Roy Cooper issued a proclamation declaring Thursday, October 22, 2020 “Keeping the Lights On After School Day” in North Carolina. The proclamation will be shared on Twitter @ 10 am ET. Be sure to follow @ncafterschool on Twitter so that you don’t miss the proclamation. Retweet it and let us know what part of the proclamation resonates with you the most and why we should keep the lights on afterschool programs in North Carolina.

North Carolina Lights On Afterschool Giving Campaign

How To Participate: The North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs is hosting the 2nd Annual Giving Campaign. Donations of any amount will further enable NC CAP to support, convene, and advocate for out-of-school time programs statewide. To participate, please consider making a donation here. Thank you for serving as a champion for Afterschool in North Carolina!

Synergy Conference Flashback: Youth Voices Panel

How To Participate: Watch the flashback video of the Youth Voices Panel, which was moderated by ABC11’s Amber Rupinta, from the Synergy Conference 2020. The video will be shared at 12 pm ET on Twitter. Be sure to follow @ncafterschool on Twitter so that you don’t miss the video flashback. Retweet the video. Why is it vital to include youth voice within the decision-making process? 

Lights On Afterschool Twitter Chat @ 4pm ET #LightsOnAfterschool

How To Participate: Beginning at 4 pm ET, the Afterschool Alliance will pose questions on Twitter. Be sure to follow the Afterschool Alliance on Twitter @afterschool4all to engage in the Twitter Chat and to respond to questions along with colleagues and afterschool advocates from across the nation. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #LightsOnAfterschool in your posts and retweets. 

Friday, October 23rd, 2020 

Future In Focus Video Montage

How To Participate: Watch the flashback video montage of youth sharing their aspirations for the future from the 20th Lights On Afterschool Reception at the Executive Mansion in 2019. The video will be shared at 12pm ET on Twitter. Be sure to follow @ncafterschool on Twitter so that you don’t miss the video montage. Retweet the video and let us know what inspired you the most after watching.