Lights On Afterschool is a nationwide celebration of afterschool programs designed to draw attention to the fact that high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs are crucial to children, youth, families, and communities.
Coinciding with the national celebration of Lights On Afterschool!, RIASPA’s annual Breakfast of Champions calls attention to the critical need for and importance of afterschool and summer programs, and increases awareness and support for afterschool and summer programs among policymakers, funders, and other decision makers. This year’s breakfast took place on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Our speakers , who used short speeches combined with potent visuals to discuss how afterschool expands minds and opportunities, included: Martin J. Blank from the Coalition for Community Schools; Adeola Oreola from the local youth-serving organization Youth In Action; Gara Field from Pleasant View Elementary School; and Julian Santiago, a high school senior and board co-chair of Young Voices, a youth-serving organization.
Additionally, afterschool programs across the state also had Lights On Afterschool events, ranging from open houses to festivals to art projects/installations. Check out the dynamic list here: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/loaFindEvent.cfm
Thank to the generous sponsors of the 2013 Lights on Afterschool! Breakfast of Champions: