Launched in 2000, eat October, 1 million Americans and thousands of communities nationwide celebrate Lights On Afterschool to shine a light on afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families. Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become the hallmark of the afterschool movement.
History of Lights On Afterschool
Lights On Afterschool is celebrated nationwide to call attention to the importance of afterschool programs for America's children, families and communities.
In America today, 1 in 4 youth -- 15.1 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 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, 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.