In nearly every community in the United States, you could find a Lights On Afterschool celebration this year – and thanks to AYS, Central Indiana was no exception. Organized by the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool is a nationwide effort to urge greater investment in quality afterschool programs, which keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families. A number of our … [Read more...] about Lights On Lights Up Attention for After-School Programs
It’s that time of year again! Every October, we celebrate Lights On Afterschool to raise awareness of the crucial contributions that after-school programs make to our schools and communities. This year, the national date of the Lights On celebration is Thursday, October 22. While Lights On is a great time for us to shine a spotlight on all of the wonderful things happening in AYS programs here, … [Read more...] about Lights On, AYS!
by Chrystal Struben, President & CEO, AYS, Inc. I recently read a story in the Indianapolis Star that caught my attention. It was about mayoral candidate Joe Hogsett’s plan to improve education in Indianapolis “as a way to address rising concerns over public safety.” At AYS, central Indiana’s premier provider of before- and after-school programs for kids, we see value in Mr. Hogsett’s … [Read more...] about Out-of-School Time is Also Crucial to Kids’ Success
AYS’ current Board President Tim Witmer will end his two-year presidential term at our annual meeting on September 16 and retire off of the board. We asked Tim to reflect on his eight years on the AYS board of directors. Looking Back… It has truly been an honor and pleasure to have served as AYS’ board president for the past two years. We’ve accomplished much, but there is a lot more to … [Read more...] about Looking Back…
As the leader of an organization that works with children, and as a single, working mom, school lunches are on my mind right now. I bet I’m not alone. I pack a lunch for my son every day. While it adds 15 minutes (at least!) to my morning or evening, it makes me feel good to “feed” my son, and I can’t seem to let it go. Why should I even care about letting it go, you may ask? Well, some … [Read more...] about Sack Lunch or School Lunch: You decide.