This Thursday, October 20, is Lights On Afterschool: a nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities. Many of our partners across the country are planning to participate, from coordinating program visits and hosting live and virtual events in their communities to posting on social media with #LightbulbChallenge and #LightsOnAfterschool.
One way to shine a powerful light on afterschool this year is to take the Power of Us Workforce Survey. As a first-of-its-kind national study, youth-serving professionals and volunteers can make their voices heard and contribute to the effort to explore, define, and elevate the youth fields workforce and their essential work with young people. The data from the survey will help to inform policy, practice, and research to better support the workforce, while amplifying the stories and people who comprise the youth field. Take the survey today and share with your colleagues!
In addition to the survey, this list of last-minute event ideas from the Afterschool Alliance offers inspiration on how you can join in celebrations, and the new event ideas and activities database allows you to sort and pick something that works for your community and program.
Cheers to celebrating and shining Lights On Afterschool,
Kimberly H. Robinson, Ph.D. | (she, her, hers)
Executive Vice President, Youth Program Quality
The Forum for Youth Investment
David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality