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#LightsOnAfterschool in Indy

The biggest day of the year for afterschool programs across the country is fast-approaching! Created in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event that celebrates afterschool programs and the role they play in the lives of children, families, and communities. This afterschool movement has become a hallmark, and it generates great media […]

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3rd Annual Lights On Luncheon

3rd Annual Lights On Luncheon raises $28,000 so more families can afford AYS programs Robbin, the AYS parent featured in the video above, shared her personal story during our 3rd Annual Lights On Luncheon fundraiser earlier this month. She summed up her gratitude for her AYS experience this way: “I just want to send out […]

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Blast Off Week 2018

As the summer comes to a close, all AYS employees have gathered together to prepare for the upcoming school year. At the annual Blast Off conference, AYS employees prepped for the school year through meetings and breakout sessions regarding topics in child development, safety, and leadership. The first day kicked off with a speech from […]

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Kids Care at AYS

Throughout this summer, AYS campers at each of the six Camp AYS sites got a taste of philanthropy during “Kids Care Week.” Each camp chose a charitable organization to dedicate their time and effort over the course of the week. The campers at Pittsboro Primary chose to make dog treats and cat toys to donate […]

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AYS Students Explore Social Emotional Learning and More with Help from Pacers Foundation

When AYS began its involvement at Clarence Farrington School 61, it became clear that the needs of the school aligned well with what the Pacers Foundation supports. According to their website, “The Foundation awards grants and contributions to Indiana-based nonprofit organization… with a particular emphasis on education activities/programs.” The grant purchased new art supplies, physical […]

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AYS Racers

The arrival of the month of May means many things. The beginning of summer, the end of the school year, and if you’re a racing fan, the Indianapolis 500. In celebration of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,The 500 Festival Foundation is generously supporting AYS with a grant that has been implemented to create AYS Racers […]

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Using Your Voice

Before last month, I had been to Washington, DC, twice. The first time was in the early 90s, and I was traveling with a group of Purdue students during the heat of the Persian Gulf War. The other time, I was in our nation’s Capital for a women’s health conference. Neither of these visits involved […]

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Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week – Marchee Davis

Who: Marchee Davis, Program Director at Cold Spring School and Lew Wallace School 107 Years of Experience: 3.5 months with AYS Favorite Color: Red. It’s the color my eyes are most attracted to. Favorite Seasons: Spring. The changes in seasons are interesting to see. Favorite Ice Cream: Vanilla. Q: What has been the most rewarding […]

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Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week – Peggy Jo Bane

Who: Peggy Jo Bane, Program Director at Northridge Middle School Years of Experience: 6.5 years with AYS Favorite Color: Purple Favorite Season: Summer because of swimming and sun. Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate. Q: What has been the most rewarding aspect of working with AYS? A: Seeing the kids have so much fun. That just brings […]

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Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week – Marcus Jackson

Who: Marcus Jackson, Program Director at Phalen Leadership Academy Years of Experience: 10 years with AYS Favorite Color: Blue. It’s a peaceful color. Favorite Season: Summer. It’s the warmest of them all. Favorite Ice Cream: Cookies and cream. Q: What has been the most rewarding aspect of working with AYS? A: Working with kids. Just […]

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