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Public Policy Forum: October 4, 10 am – 4 pm

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 will hold its second annual Public Policy Forum on October 4, 2022, in Orlando. The goal of the forum is to bring together afterschool and expanded learning program directors, staff, K-12 leaders and policy experts to share research-based information and explore solutions for workforce development, career and college readiness, and sustainable funding for out-of-school-time programs. This collaborative and solution-focused event explores how our state can increase high-quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities for all.​


Lights on Afterschool: October 20, 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.


Youth Entrepreneur Power Hours: 3rd Tuesday, 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 jsmith@flafterschool.com with questions.)

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