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Lights on Afterschool – October 28, 2021

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 to share our commitment that the lights will stay on and the doors will stay open for all children after school to #helpkidsrecover.


Youth Entrepreneur Power Hour

Every second Tuesday at 2:00 pm ET, 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 below. (Contact jsmith@flafterschool.com with questions.)


Past Events

Public Policy Forum: August 6

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

The Florida Afterschool Network held its inaugural Public Policy Forum on August 6, 2021, in Orlando. The goal of the forum was to bring together afterschool and expanded learning leaders, school district administrators, superintendents and school board members, along with policy experts and youth advocates to share research-based information and innovative strategies to more effectively serve students and parents in the afterschool environment. From sessions on advocacy and accelerating learning recovery to discussions on sustainability and meeting the academic, social and emotional needs of students, this collaborative and solution-focused event explored how our state can increase high-quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities for all.​


Youth Entrepreneurship Seminar: August 3

Did you know that 50% of today’s jobs will become automated within the next 10 years? Now is the time to expand the youth entrepreneurship mindset, lift our youth’s voices, and get students comfortable with thinking outside of the box. We welcomed youth entrepreneur experts, Scott Mann, Venture Lab Director of Education, and Chic Thompson, internationally renowned speaker and author on creativity. This free event explored how adding youth entrepreneurship (YE) education to your classroom or afterschool program will help build important 21st century and workforce skills in our youth and better prepare them for college and career success.


Florida Afterschool Legislative & Funding Update: May 18 

On Tuesday, May 18, we gathered virtually to discuss the 2021 legislative session and what impacts passing legislation will have on afterschool programs in Florida. Our panelists of afterschool thought and program leaders also discussed the federal funding coming to Florida through the American Rescue Plan and how local education districts and afterschool programs can better collaborate to accelerate learning recovery. 

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