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By Katie Landes, Director of GSAN

The Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network and Voices for Georgia’s Children are excited to announce the launch of Georgia’s very first Lights On Afterschool Week! This weeklong event, which is part of the nationwide Afterschool Alliance’s 15th annual Lights On Afterschool, calls attention to the importance of afterschool programs and the resources required to keep the lights on and the doors open.

During this week, afterschool programs from across the state will celebrate the positive impacts that Georgia’s afterschool programs have on youth’s lives, while Georgia’s families, communities, and leaders will be invited visit afterschool programs where they can meet staff members, engage with students and witness the quality learning that Georgia’s afterschool programs provide.

Throughout Georgia, afterschool sites provide the kind of enriching afterschool environment that has been consistently proven to be a keystone to academic success. The connection is clear: when students report positive afterschool experiences, teachers report gains in the classroom. Your support of these programs is vital, and your participation in Lights on Afterschool Week will be an opportunity for you to see first-hand how these programs are positively affecting your community.

To register your program’s Lights On Afterschool celebration, please visit the Afterschool Alliance’s dedicated registration page.  Registering your event will allow you to receive resources, including posters, from the Afterschool Alliance and will enable us to provide you with Georgia specific tools and tips to help you host a successful Lights On Afterschool Week celebration.

Registration for visiting Georgia’s Lights On Afterschool celebrations will open soon, so be on the lookout for more information from GSAN on events in your community.

We look forward to working together to ensure quality out-of-school time opportunities are available for all of Georgia’s youth!