Help us promote Lights On Afterschool online on October 20. Have some fun sharing a school-age picture of yourself using the hashtags #THINKLightsOn #LightsOnAfterschool #AfterschoolWorks.
Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.
THINK Together is proud to be the largest afterschool provider in the state of California. But together with other providers, we are looking at challenging statistics:
- 25% of California’s children participate in an afterschool program (1,661,374 students in 2014)
- 49% of California’s children would participate in an afterschool program if one were available (2,435,254 students in 2014)
Public schools are the most common provider of these programs. THINK Together is currently working with 38 districts as their afterschool provider, made possible by a combination of state funding and private philanthropy. We need your voice to help us keep the lights on and turn lights on in new locations.
“THINK Together staff were available to walk me through some of the more complicated processes having to do with resources available to students.”More On Kimberly's story
Afterschool and summer programs provide the links that many students need to keep their progress from the school day and school year on-going.Learn more here
“We work in collaboration with THINK Together to offer support for students achievement, build parent and school connection and keep students safe.”More on Principal Young's story
Edison keeps the Lights On at THINK.More on Edison
Access to healthy lifestyles can promote healthy habits.
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“If this program was not available, he would be a latchkey kid.”More on our Parents
“I am proud of the individuals that work with them because they demonstrate compassion, care and respect with every interaction I observe.”More on Principal Kloezeman's story
Afterschool programs help students graduate from high school and gain workforce skills.Learn more here
“I know my children are not the only ones who are benefiting from this program but the whole community…”More on how parents gain from afterschool
Let's get social
Throughout the month of October THINK Together taking it back to when we were all school age students. We will be sharing stories and information through our social media accounts. Feel free to promote our campaign by sharing social media posts on your personal and professional networks. Have fun with it; add your own story, your school picture and why afterschool is important to you. Don’t forget our hashtags: #THINKLightsOn #LightsOnAfterschool #AfterschoolWorks