Indiana Afterschool Advocacy Newsletter
More than 1 million Americans celebrate
Lights On Afterschool at 8,000+ events across the country.

America will light up for the nation's biggest rally for after school on October 26, 2017. Be a part of the celebration!
Afterschool Alliance *  *Comprehensive resources to help you learn, act and share the message today! 

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TWO MINUTE ACTION: Use the Afterschool Alliance action template to add your voice to the outreach to Congress HERE (Quick Lobbying) 

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What Indiana Media is saying about the Power of  Afterschool Across the State

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Our Vision: We see Indiana as a place where all K-12 youth have access to high quality learning experiences beyond the school day that prepare them for success in school, college, careers, and life.
OPPORTUNITY:  Host a Lights On Celebration!

Today, for every child in an afterschool program, two are waiting to get in. 
Let's raise our voices for all the kids who need Lights On Afterschool!

On Thursday, Oct. 26, one million Americans will come together at 8,000 events to celebrate the 18th annual Lights On Afterschool

Lights On Afterschool (LOA) is the only nationwide celebration of afterschool programs and their role in the lives of children, families and communities. 

With the White House calling for elimination of afterschool funding and bills slashing education budgets in the House Appropriations Committee, this year's Lights On Afterschool comes at a critical moment.
Join in to shine a light on the impact your program is making! It can be as easy or complicated as you like!

 Everything you need for success is on the Afterschool Alliance's NEW LOA website- complete with new planning tools to make planning an event easy. 

Once you register, you'll receive::
  • Ten free posters to help you promote your event.
  • Planning tips from seasoned veterans.
  • Sample materials.
  • Priority registration for the Lights On Afterschool webinar series.
  • If you register your event by Aug. 24, you'll also be entered to win a Lights On Afterschool gift pack full of fun Lights On swag to make your event shine!
Spread the word!
Use #LightsOnAfterschool and #AfterschoolWorks to get the conversation going and share your story.

Please let us know what else we can provide to help you encourage participation in your community!
WEBINAR:  Plan Your Lights On Celebration
Want to stop budget cuts? Your Lights On Afterschool celebration can help.

Join the Afterschool Alliance on:
Thursday, Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. for the webinar, "Fight Budget Cuts Using Your Lights On Afterschool Event"

Afterschool Alliance VP of Policy Erik Peterson will run us through the current policy landscape and its potential threats to afterschool funding. Dan Gilbert from the Alliance will explain the basics of planning a successful Lights On Afterschool event and give some tips and tricks for leveraging your event to ensure that champions in your community and your state know just how important afterschool and summer programs are for today's youth. Register HERE.


THANK YOU + the policy road map to protecting afterschool funding

When the President called for elimination of funding for afterschool, we asked you to act. And act you did: you sent 71,500 emails to Congress, joined 300 face-to-face meetings, set up dozens of site visits with policymakers, and helped hundreds of afterschool representatives make the case for afterschool on Capitol Hill.

Did it matter? YES! We've gone from $0 and 1.6 million kids losing afterschool, to a proposal in Congress that keeps programs for 1.4 million kids nationwide. But the budget battle is far from over.

Now is the perfect opportunity to take stock and determine the path ahead. Find out where we are, where we've been, and what lies ahead for afterschool advocates and supporters in our latest policy blog, "You are here: The policy road map to protecting afterschool funding."Learn what has happened, what's in store and you YOU can play a role as an advocate for aferschool!

More info HERE