Youth Voices & Leadership
Afterschool programs are centered around youth, so it makes sense that your Lights On can be, too. The youth in your program know firsthand why afterschool is important and can be your best, most authentic messengers. Amplify youth voices through in-person or virtual activities, or consider involving youth in organizing a virtual Lights On and an opportunity for leadership, activism, teamwork, and so much more.
Light Up Your Community
If you can’t bring your community into your program, bring Lights On into your community! How? Light up a landmark in honor of Lights On, organize a walking art show or car or bike parade, post Lights On yard signs throughout the community, distribute lightbulb art for programs, families, and businesses to post in their windows… read on for more ideas and how to make this happen!
Social, Emotional, & Physical Health
The wellbeing of our young people is top of mind today. Use Lights On Afterschool as a moment to connect, reflect, and support the well-being of youth in your program, or to highlight and showcase the ways programs help instill healthy habits that support physical and mental well-being.
Entrepreneurship is more than just starting a business. It’s a way of thinking and doing, a mindset and a set of skills that youth need for success in school right now, in their future careers, and in life.
Afterschool programs are a natural space to provide engaging, hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning. Broadcast the exciting activities you offer students, or introduce kids and parents to STEM through a remote or small group in-person activity.
Adapt & Recycle Past Plans!
Use previous events as inspiration, and adapt them for today’s environment. A rally or student expo can go virtual, color runs can be done in small groups and shared online; a tour for parents or policymakers can be recorded or done live using tools like Facebook live events.