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Public Policy Forum: Afterschool Summit

The Florida Afterschool Network’s annual Public Policy Forum was rescheduled for Wednesday, February 8, due to Hurricane Ian.

For every youth in afterschool, three are waiting for an available program. It is time we work together to change this reality.

Join your Florida peers for a full-day summit discussing the future of afterschool in Florida and the nation. Sessions include pluralistic leadership, policy updates, building relationships with your legislators and local media, building a strong afterschool workforce, and measuring program quality. This summit is designed for out-of-school time directors, site-coordinators, thought-leaders and community providers.


Lights on Afterschool: October 26, all day

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. 

Our national partners, the Afterschool Alliance, organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things—such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do and poetry—and discover new skills. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs.

In Florida, we are working with local leaders to “Light Up Local Landmarks” across Florida, pass local resolutions, and share out on social media our commitment to shone a light on the millions more kids who need access to quality afterschool programs.


YE Wednesday Power Hour: One Wednesday a month, 2-3 pm

Programs and providers of youth entrepreneurship curriculum and those interested in enhancing and/or expanding what they currently offer are invited to join us for a monthly power-hour session to learn, network and share. Sign up for the next event below. (Contact info@flafterschool.com with questions.)


Youth Voice Summit: October 7, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Postponed due to Hurricane Ian. New date will be announced soon.

Students participating in afterschool and youth development programs across Florida, ages 12-18, are invited to join this unique learning and leadership opportunity. The day features interactive sessions to enhance academic achievement, support career readiness, promote healthy lifestyles, and develop statewide leadership potential. It also calls on youth to be part of the solution to the issues they face every day.

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