Lights on Afterschool 2018
Join GSAN, Voices for Georgia’s Children, and afterschool programs across the state in celebrating the importance of afterschool on Georgia’s youth on October 25th, 2018. Throughout the week of October 22nd, afterschool programs will celebrate the value of quality programs beyond the school day that are so important in shaping the values, relationships, and career decisions of young people with Georgia’s annual Lights On Afterschool Day. This event, which is part of the Afterschool Alliance’s 19th annual nationwide Lights On Afterschool, calls attention to the importance of afterschool programs and the resources required to keep the lights on and the doors open. In 2017, close to 200 afterschool programs registered celebrations! Let’s try to beat that this year!
2018 Georgia-Specific Resources
Benefits of Afterschool Memes
Be sure to check out all of our resources related to the benefits of afterschool on our Why Afterschool Makes “Cents” Home Page.
Join National Geographic's Explorer Classroom
Real-world problems call for critical thinking and real-world solutions and afterschool programs are a great place for kids to learn, collaborate, and figure out how to make their communities better. The Mott Foundation and National Geographic want to help afterschool programs open the world to young people.
National Geographic has been pushing the boundaries of knowledge, exploring the planet from its highest peaks to its deepest depths for more than 130 years. Now you can bring this spirit of exploration to your afterschool program!
Join Explorer Classroom #LightsOnAfterschool Special
Looking for new ways to inspire and connect young people to STEM careers and role models in your afterschool program? Take them aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus or take them to Machu Picchu! Make the experience all or part of your Lights On celebration, showing the worlds that open to kids in afterschool.
Now you can bring this spirit of exploration to your afterschool program by joining the Explorer Classroom #LightsOnAfterschool Special on Tuesday, October 23rd 3:15 – 4:15 PM.
In an interactive experience, explorer Dr. Robert Ballard will share how his team explores the never-before-explored ocean floor. Participants can send questions, even asking how they found the Titanic! All you need is an internet connection and access to YouTube.
What Will You Do to Save the Planet? Take the GeoChallenge!
Did you know that 500 million plastic straws are used every day? Eight million tons of plastic flow into the ocean every year. We need creative and actionable ideas from young people to literally save the planet. Afterschool programs are invited to take on the 2018-19 GeoChallenge—Tackling Plastic! Teams of students (grades 5-8) will investigate the urgent issue of plastic pollution in our waterways. If your team is ready, you can submit your solutions by January 15th to join the national competition. The GeoChallenge is free to register and download all of the activities you will need to help your kids engage, think, act, and impact! Students gain skills in research and storytelling, collaboration, videography, innovative design, and mapmaking. Empower your students to change the world! Register here: NatGeoEd.org/geochallenge
Fact Sheets & Reports on Afterschool in Georgia
The report looks at key student outcome data and the return on investment of Georgia’s two major funding streams for out-of-school time programs: the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program and the Afterschool Care Program housed at the Georgia Division of Familly and Children Services (DFCS).
A short summary of the larger report Investing in Georgia’s Youth: Why Afterschool Makes “Cents.”
What quality afterschool is and where Georgia is heading.
An overview of the components and goals of Georgia’s afterschool quality standards.
An overview of state funded afterschool programs in Georgia.
A look at the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program in Georgia
A look at the unmet demand for afterschool in Georgia.
An overview of parent satisfaction with afterschool programs in Georgia.