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.
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!
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.
Lights On is one of our best opportunities to show parents, policymakers, and community leaders what we do. Check out these simple ways to showcase your program on social media – whether it’s posting a collage or video from past work, or sharing the special Lights On activity you do with students, or hosting a live virtual event via Zoom or Facebook.
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.
Afterschool programs are a natural space to provide engaging, hands-on 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.