The COUNTDOWN to Lights On Afterschool!
#LightsOnIndiana

It's Time to Celebrate!
Last year, more than one million Americans in thousands of communities across the country celebrated Lights On Afterschool. 

On Thursday, October 25th, we'll come together again to make sure parents, policymakers, and communities understand the impact of afterschool programs in keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn, and giving families peace of mind. 

ADVOCACY RESOURCES 
Afterschool Alliance *  *Comprehensive resources to help you learn, act and share the message today! 

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KEY RESOURCES:




Find much MORE on our  IAN Advocacy Page

Let us know how we can help you & share your plans!

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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.
#LightsOnIndiana TOP FIVE

5 - HASHTAGS! Emphasize Indiana this year and use BOTH of these hashtags in your social media promotion of your activities:
#LightsOnIndiana
#LightsOnAfterschool

+ Are you highlighting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) projects in your program? Use #STEM too!

4 - ENGAGE LOCAL LEADERS!
Reach out to local policymakers and invite them to participate in your event! Show them the essential resource you provide their constituents!  We encourage you to invite all local policymakers including but not limited to:   State and Federal Legislators, Town/City Councilors, Mayor(s), School Board Members. Principals and Superintendents. Here is a template invite to get you started.

For an exact match for your neighborhood, please visit  http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/ 

3- PROCLAMATIONS!
We are proud to announce Proclamations were issued by both Governor Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett proclaiming October 25, 2018 "Keeping The Lights On Afterschool Day" in Indiana!
Did your local leaders issue a proclamation? Let us know!
+ Here is a link to learn how to request one!

2 - #LightsOnIndy Poster Making Party October 17!
Central Indiana, Join us for an AFTERSCHOOL STEM, #LightsOnAfterschool, AND POSTER PARTY on Wednesday, October 17 at 12:00 PM
Bring your brown bag lunch and hear about all the work, including #STEM education that is supported by the Indianapolis tech community, along with updates from your afterschool peers.
AND, stay for a special #LightsOnIndy Poster-Making Party following the regular meeting at 1:00 PM!
Posters will be created to for the 
Indianapolis Citywide Lights On Celebration and Rally at Monument Circle on Thursday October 25 (more #LightsOnIndy info below) RSVP to October 17th meeting HERE.

1- #LightsOnIndiana = TWICE as Many Celebrations Planned for 2018!
BIG NEWS, last week we hit 118 events across Indiana!! We have DOUBLED the amount of event in Indiana compared to 2017! And we still have 2 weeks to go! Find a celebration near you HERE!


Thanks so much for helping to make 2018's Lights On Afterschool the most successful Lights On yet! 

GET INSPIRED: What are your fellow program directors planning?


EVENT PLANNING UNDERWAY!
Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County

The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County will host a Lights on Afterschool event on October 25th . Tours of the Clubs program will take place from 4:30-5:30pm. Tours will be lead by members that are part of the Clubs leadership program to allow guests to experience what a day at the Club is like. 

At 5:30pm the Lights on Afterschool Event will continue with an Afterschool Walk. Members, staff, parents and guest, will walk from the Club to the city court house where they will have a "Celebration of Afterschool"! Here the Club will host testimonials from parents and members on why the afterschool program is important for youth in the community. The evening will end with a lantern lighting.

Guest contributor: Desiree Frederick, Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County and 2018-19 Afterschool Alliance Ambassador
Contact info: 260-359-1750 desiree@bgchuntington.com

Thank YOU for your work keeping the Lights On Afterschool! 
Join IAN and other Afterschool Professionals at Monument Circle!


Thursday, October 25, 2018 6-8pm
Soldiers and Sailors Monument, 1 Monument Cir, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

On the evening of October 25th the Indianapolis Power & Light windows will again be lit up to commemorate Lights On Afterschool Day at #LightsOnIndy.

Participants will bring signs and stories about the positive impact of afterschool across Indiana and pose for FUN photo ops with friends in afterschool and summer learning from across the state. We will be giving away tshirts, Lights On swag and other goodies!

A special addition this year will be afterschool program directors speaking on how their programs provide engaging, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning experiences.

Stay in the know on out Facebook event page HERE.