Here’s the latest news and events from the Ignite Afterschool network.

Happy Lights On Afterschool! The Believe It. Build It. Contest Winners Are…

Today is the day we’ve been waiting for – Lights On Afterschool! Minnesota will be celebrating afterschool throughout the day with 190+ events at afterschool program sites, official Proclamations from Governor Dayton and other city leaders across the state, and a video message from Senator Al Franken! Click here to see all the ways you can get […]

#LoaMN15 Lights On Afterschool 2015- Celebrating October 22nd, 2015

What is Lights On Afterschool? Lights On Afterschool takes a day, October 22nd, 2015 to celebrate the learning, engagement and fun that occur every day in Afterschool programs around the country. Launched in October 2000, Lights on Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, […]

New Toolkits Page for Believe It. Build It.

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 […]

Start Planning for Lights On Afterschool 2015!

Celebrate Afterschool in Minnesota!

Click here for Minnesota’s 2015 Lights On Afterschool planning toolkit!

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:

Don’t forget to be on the lookout for more Lights On Afterschool updates soon. Happy planning!

Use This Book! Contest for Believe It. Build It.

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 […]

Join our June Regional Meetings!

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 […]

Take Action for Afterschool Funding!

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 […]

Afterschool Advocacy Days at the Capitol

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: […]

Register for Ignite Organizing Meetings!

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 […]