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Lights On Afterschool

History of Lights On! Afterschool

Lights On! Afterschool is celebrated nationwide to call attention to the importance of afterschool programs for America's children, families and communities.
 

In America today, 1 in 4 youth -- 15.1 million children – are alone and unsupervised after school. Afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning. They provide opportunities to help young people develop into successful adults.
 

Lights On! Afterschool was launched in October 2000 with celebrations in 1,200 communities nationwide.  The following year 3,600 events took place.  Today, more than 7,500 Lights On! Afterschool rallies are held annually, attracting 1 million Americans and media coverage nationwide.
 

Lights On! Afterschool is a project of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has served as Chair of Lights On! Afterschool since 2001.
 
 
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