Hundreds of afterschool programs participated in Lights On Afterschool – the national awareness day for afterschool programs across the country. This fall marked the second year that DCYF required all of its out of school time providers to participate in this awareness-raising event. DCYF grantees hosted a wide variety of celebrations, from parent literacy nights to awards ceremonies to neighborhood parades.
Below are some highlights from the local programs that participated in this nationwide event:
The Buena Vista - Horace Mann Afterschool Collaborative operated by Jamestown Community Center held a youth and family assembly in the campus’ multi-purpose room. Multiple afterschool providers were invited to participate, including several DCYF grantees, and the assembly included two musical numbers featuring youth musicians collaborating with teachers. After the performances, there were arts & craft projects available for families to do together.
The OMI Excelsior Beacon staff at John Denman Middle School hosted a Lights On Afterschool field day on the playground that included an art station, basketball, pizza, skateboarding, dancing to music from The DJ Project, and a presentation of and the opportunity to sign up for local afterschool programs. The event demonstrated the OMI Beacon staff’s intention of providing students with a solid path to success.