Lights On Afterschool

Happy Lights On Afterschool Day!

Today, more than 8,000 program sites across the country will celebrate the 17th annual Lights On Afterschool! We hope you’ll join us to mark the occasion—it’s easy to take part, no matter how busy you are. Here’s how you can join in:

  • Sign the petition to show your support for afterschool, and to help keep the Lights On Afterschool in 2016 and beyond.
  • Encourage support for afterschool and participation in #LightsOnAfterschool on social media. Here’s an easy sample post to copy and paste: Afterschool programs help kids succeed! I’m proud to celebrate #LightsOnAfterschool.
  • Share information about Lights On with families in your program. You can download this Oregon Lights On Flyer to pass out or use one of the other Lights On materials available online

Thank you for all you do to support youth, families and afterschool programs in your community and across Oregon! Let’s help keep the Lights On for many years to come!!!


Thanks to Everyone Who Kept Their Lights On October 22nd, 2015!

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebratingLOA 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.

With over 15 million children missing out on afterschool opportunities, Lights On Afterschool draws attention to the fact that millions of kids still need quality afterschool programs. The Afterschool Alliance uses this event to help show 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. We hope you participate in Lights On Afterschool this year and help call attention to this important issue.

To learn more about Lights On Afterschool or access event planning tools, visit

Lincoln County Celebrated 15th annual Lights On Afterschool with a Bang in 2014!

Over 550 people attended the 2014 Lights On Afterschool event in Newport as OMSI partnered with the Youth Development Coalition (YDC) of Lincoln County to highlight afterschool opportunities for youth. OMSI received a mini-grant from the Association of Science and Technology Centers to partner with an afterschool provider to celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The OMSI Science Fair and Youth Resource Fair took place at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds all afternoon during a no school day. Families experienced hands-on art tables, science tables put together by OMSI, and make-it and take-it tables as they learned more about local resources available to them. OMSI and the YDC were the only Oregon receipient of this national grant, proudly emphasizing STEM in afterschool.