Here’s the latest news and events from the Ignite Afterschool network.
Our vision for Believe It. Build It. – Minnesota’s Guide to Effective Afterschool Practices has always been that afterschool providers and youth workers across the state would truly use it in their programs. But we know it’s not that simple. The Believe It. Build It. (BiBi) guidebook has all the instructions for building quality programs, but programs also need the tools […]
Celebrate Afterschool in Minnesota!
Lights On Afterschool 2015 is on October 22nd
Wondering how your community can celebrate Lights On Afterschool this October? This email should brighten the light bulb above your head! Ignite will be supporting afterschool programs across Minnesota to plan Lights On Afterschool celebrations that are fun, impactful, and just right for the youth and adults in your community. Keep reading to learn more about Lights On Afterschool, the supports Ignite will be offering to help programs celebrate, and how to start planning your event!
What is Lights On Afterschool?
Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool (LoA) is the only nationwide event celebrating 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.
What will Minnesota be doing to celebrate Lights On Afterschool?
Ignite Afterschool, as Minnesota’s afterschool network, will provide the following supports to all programs doing Lights On Afterschool celebrations. We hope that these supports allow you to have celebrations that reflect your unique community needs, while also connecting celebrations across the state to a bigger and more powerful statewide narrative about the value of afterschool programs. Ignite will be providing:
- Activity toolkits and messaging materials in support of a few statewide LoA themes, that programs can easily incorporate into their event. See theme and activity options here.
- A social media campaign leading up to and on the day of LoA, which highlights afterschool stories, using the #LoAMN15 #AfterschoolStories hashtags. (social media toolkit coming soon)
- A planning toolkit with templates for essential LoA celebration materials, such as (but not limited to):
- Event planning guides, promotional event flyers, and afterschool program brochures
- Mayoral Lights On Afterschool proclamations
- Event invitations for local elected officials, press, and other community leaders
In addition to these supports for all programs, Ignite is also planning a big community celebration and press conference in the Twin Cities that will also callout the robust afterschool celebrations going on around the state. Look for more details on this coming soon!
How do I get started?
We will be adding tons more MN-specific LoA resources coming soon, but here’s a few ways to jump-start your LoA event planning:
- Check out the online Afterschool Alliance LoA event planning toolkit or download the LoA Event Planning Guide. They both have tons of resources, from sample templates to fun activity ideas.
- View this on-demand webinar, “Planning a Lights On Afterschool Event: How to Engage Your Policymakers and the Media.”
- Register your event with the Afterschool Alliance, the national coordinator of LoA. They’ll also share the info with Ignite so that we can give you the support you need to have a great event.
Don’t forget to be on the lookout for more Lights On Afterschool updates soon. Happy planning!
Click here to fill out the contest submission form. Believe It. Build It. was shaped by contributions from afterschool stakeholders all across Minnesota – it proves that our network can make great things happen when we work together. We’re calling on the power of our network again, and inviting you to participate in a statewide contest […]
Watch out for Ignite Afterschool staff in your region this June! With the help of our Regional Igniter partners, we’re holding 4 regional meetings across the state to advance afterschool opportunities and drive the work of our network. Click each to learn more and RSVP. Presenting at the EPIC Conference in Willmar on June 4th. Hosting […]
It’s time to take action to secure afterschool funding in Minnesota! The 10 legislators of the Conference Committee have been announced, and they need to hear about the value of afterschool from all Minnesotans as they decide what to fund in the final budget bill. This legislative session has been a rollercoaster ride – thanks […]
Things are moving quickly! Our bill to establish a competitive grant program for afterschool programs across MN has been introduced in the House (HF 947) and Senate (SF 1017), and now we’re having our first hearing in the House Education Innovative Policy Committee this Thursday, February 26th. This is our chance to show legislators that […]
Ignite Afterschool is coordinating with our network partners to organize days where afterschool stakeholders can get together, get fired up, and head to the State Capitol to speak with their legislators about the power of afterschool and the importance of funding afterschool programs through the Afterschool Community Learning bill. Here are the opportunities to speak with your legislators: […]
The legislative session is in full swing and we need legislators to know that increasing funding for afterschool is an essential investment for Minnesota’s young people and communities. That’s why we’re offering a series of organizing meetings and webinars to help you share your afterschool story with policymakers. View all organizing meetings and details here, or […]
Call Senator Franken to urge his support for federal funding of afterschool programs While we’re fighting to restore funding for afterschool in Minnesota, proposals at the federal level are threatening to eliminate the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) program. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, recently […]
Thank Governor Dayton for Supporting Afterschool Programs Governor Dayton kicked off his second term and 2015 the right way: by laying out a bold vision for investing in education, including investments in afterschool (his full address is embedded on this page, read the top of page 4 for his remarks on afterschool). This is a […]