Join us in conversation with River City Drum Corp as we watch short clips from the film and discuss aspects of the program and its impact.See Details
Join us for the centerpiece event of the 22nd annual Lights On Afterschool, the Lights On Youth Town Hall.See Details
River City Drumbeat, a new documentary about the River City Drum Corp afterschool program, is a powerful story of music, love, and legacies. Edward "Nardie" White devoted his life to leading the African-American drum corps he co-founded with his wife Zambia Nkrumah in Louisville, Kentucky three decades ago. Together they inspired youth from their West Louisville neighborhood to thrive by connecting them with the art and cultural traditions of their African ancestors. Now Albert Shumake, whose destiny was shaped by the drumline, must take up the mantle for the next generation. Meanwhile, student drummers Imani, Jailen, and Emily navigate adolescence and life changes. River City Drumbeat follows this creative community of mentors, parents, and youth making their way in a world where systemic forces raise obstacles to fulfilling their dreams.
Join us in conversation with River City Drum Corp as we watch short clips from the film and discuss aspects of the program and its impact. This event kicks off the Afterschool Alliance's 22nd annual Lights On Afterschool, the nation's celebration of afterschool programs. Lights On Afterschool is held each October to shine a light on afterschool programs and the opportunities they provide young people to learn and grow. In a typical year, 8,000+ events draw 1 million Americans. This year, a mix of in-person and virtual activities will take place.
GOOD DOCS is providing complimentary access to River City Drumbeat from Oct 24-28. Go to GOOD DOCS sign up to receive a code to stream the film.
What: Mic Drop! will showcase the stories and aspirations of young people participating in high-quality creative youth development programs and experiences in afterschool. This event will include a livecast from Los Angeles with streamed and recorded performances from around the country.
When: October 26, 2021
1:00-2:30 p.m. PST for Central and East Coast Programs
4:00-5:30 p.m. PST for Pacific, Mountain, Hawaii, and Alaska programs
Why: As education rises from the disruption and destruction of COVID-19, young people need the space and opportunity to share their stories and express themselves. The event will also recognize and celebrate the long and rich history of creative youth development in the OST community.
Who: Mizzen will identify artists in grades 6-12 from across the 50 State Afterschool Network whose work elevates youth voice and exemplifies the high-quality visual and performing arts experiences being offered in afterschool programs across the country. The primary audience is 6th-12th graders, Out-of-School (OST) time programs, and other youth development stakeholders.
Reach: Mizzen will collaborate with the 50-State Afterschool Network and other national organizations to promote the event nationwide.
Experience: This unique Mizzen event will provide a national platform for young people to share their stories and aspirations through the visual and performing arts.
Designed to elevate youth voice, showcase the arts, and recognize the important role of OST programs in the future of education, Mic Drop! will feature live and pre-recorded performances and showcases of inspiring music, art, dance, poetry, song and related arts programming performed and shared by young people across America.
The event will be co-hosted by Mizzen by Mott's CEO and a special guest. Mic Drop! hosts will invite young artists to share how the arts are a vehicle for self-expression and self-advocacy for themselves, their peers and their communities.
Bring some sizzle to your Lights On Afterschool with a youth entrepreneur pitch activity! First, hustle over for a Wacky Inventions activity via Padlet. Then, at 5 p.m. ET log in for a live panel where young entrepreneurs will speak on a panel discussing all things entrepreneurship, including mindsets, process, business, and more.
Organizers: Ohio Afterschool Network, VentureLab, Young Entrepreneur Institute (YEI)
Session Moderator: Scott Mann, Director of Education VentureLab
Pre-event materials & downloads:
BEFORE OCTOBER 21st at 5pm EST, give youth a memorable experience in youth entrepreneurship that will have them asking for more! Visit the Wacky Invention Challenge on Padlet to find instructions, video included! Share your student's ideas with other programs from around the nation. Ideas shared on the Padlet will be shown during the live session.
Gather your family, break out the art supplies and let's de-stress! Young Rembrandts is hosting a live virtual drawing class and the whole family is invited. No experience necessary! Join founder, Bette Fetter, as she teaches us how to draw - class includes detailed live instruction and a ton of fun. PLUS, every registered attendee will receive a free coloring page to complete after class.
Liz Wahl, Young Rembrandts
Join us for the centerpiece event of the 22nd annual Lights On Afterschool, the nation's celebration of afterschool programs. Youth from programs around the country will share reflections on the past year and a half and how their afterschool programs have impacted their lives, perspectives on what youth need to thrive, and hopes for the future. A special segment will be devoted to recognizing the powerful role of afterschool program staff and mentors in shaping the lives of young people.
Lights On Afterschool is held each October to shine a light on afterschool programs and the opportunities they provide young people to learn and grow. In a typical year, 8,000+ events draw 1 million Americans. This year, a mix of in-person and virtual activities will take place.
Q&A with NASA Deputy Administrator and Astronaut Pam Melroy
The STEM Next Opportunity Fund, Million Girls Moonshot and NASA are collaborating with the Afterschool Alliance to provide opportunities for students to engage with scientists and engineers contributing to NASA's missions. On Monday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m. ET, join us for a live Q&A session with Pam Melroy -- a former Air Force test pilot, astronaut, and NASA's current deputy administrator! Melroy is second in command at NASA and one of only two women to command a space shuttle. As an astronaut, Melroy logged more than 38 days in space as part of missions to build the International Space Station.
Be sure to tune in as we celebrate Lights On Afterschool and National STEM Day with an exciting conversation about all things STEM and space exploration! Please note if you will have students participating.
Submit your questions in advance, and NASA will read them live at the event. Topics to consider: what do you want to know about space exploration, NASA, the International Space Station, or being an astronaut? Or, you might ask about Melroy's career path, what her days are like leading up the nation's space agency, or anything else related to her work or her journey to her leadership role. If you can't join the event at 3pm ET, not to worry, send your questions in and watch the event online at NASA's website afterwards.
As we finish this week full of connections, reflections, and new ideas, come together for a mindful moment: an opportunity to breathe and take stock of all the great learnings of the week. This mindfulness session will be focused on the power of expressing gratitude. Even in the midst of so many unknowns and the need for so much resilience, we can find ways to be grateful for things in our lives both big and small.
Casey Escola, a team member at Committee for Children, will be leading this 30 minute mindfulness practice that will be appropriate for both kids and grown-ups. We will begin and end with a Mind Yeti session (designed for kids) and discuss the importance of gratitude in adult's lives by exploring a lesson from the SEL for Adults program by the makers of Second Step. Join us for some relaxation, fun, and gratitude!
Preschool and above - all ages!
Casey Escola, Sr. Implementation Specialist, Committee for Children