Monday, August 31, 2009

Lights On Afterschool Initiative

October 22, 2009

A nationwide effort calling attention to the importance of afterschool programs and the resources needed to keep their lights on and doors open. More than 7,500 events will be held across America in schools, malls, and other venues.

Studies have shown that children participating in afterschool programs demonstrate increased school attendance and enhanced academic achievement. Afterschool programs also reduce juvenile offending, while promoting public safety and positive child development. Yet while millions of children take part in afterschool programs, millions more have no place to go after school.

To learn more about Lights On Afterschool, access planning tools, and register or attend your community's event, visit Registrants will receive free posters, and their local events will be publicized.

Information from an OJJDP publication.