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In America today, 11.3 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 8,000 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.

The Afterschool Alliance salutes the many Lights On Afterschool partners and programs who make this event a success, in particular the After-School All-Stars, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 4-H Afterschool, Junior Achievement, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Young Rembrandts, and the YMCA of the USA.

We invite you to join us and become a Lights On Afterschool partner this year.

Press Releases 

October 25, 2018: Largest Lights On Afterschool Rally Ever Held Is Today

October 24, 2018: At 8,000+ Sites, America Will Rally for Afterschool Tomorrow

October 23, 2018: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Activities to be Focus of Lights On Afterschool Events Across Country This Week

October 22, 2018: By Large Majorities and Across Demographic Lines, Americans Support Afterschool Programs New Poll Released As National Rally for Afterschool Approaches

October 19, 2018: U.S. Military Bases to Host Lights On Afterschool Events Next Week 19th Annual Rally for Afterschool to Include Events at Military Bases from Virginia to Hawaii

October 16, 2018: Across America, Libraries Will Help Turn the Lights On for Afterschool Next Thursday, October 25th

October 12, 2018: Hundreds of Lights On Afterschool Events Across the Country This Month Will Promote Healthy Eating and Lifestyles New Report from the Food Research & Action Center Finds Gains in Afterschool Supper Participation and Identifies Strategies to Reach Even More Children

October 4, 2018: Organizations Focused on the Sciences, Sports, Law Enforcement and Youth Development, Businesses, Faith-Based Groups and Others Will Celebrate Lights On Afterschool This Month KIND Provides Healthy Snacks for Lights On Afterschool Events

September 24, 2018: National Rally for Afterschool Programs Set for Thursday, October 25th