Lights On Luncheon: A Celebration of Afterschool


Thank you to our 2019 sponsors!

What Is Lights On Afterschool?

The Afterschool Alliance began promoting the importance of after-school programs in 1999 with the first Lights On Afterschool Day, a day for communities across the nation to raise awareness of the crucial contributions that after-school programs make to students, families, schools and the community. In 2019, the National Lights on Afterschool Day was held on October 24. AYS celebrated by holding our fourth annual Lights On Luncheon on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. According to the 2014 report of America After 3PM, 11.3 million children in the United States remain unsupervised between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m. on weekdays. This issue goes beyond concerns about supervision and child safety. These children are losing the opportunity to participate in art and music classes, science experiments, field trips, and all the other activities that take place in after-school programs across the country. As school systems trim their budgets, after-school programs are filling in the gaps, but students who don’t attend after-school programs can’t participate in these opportunities. With your help, AYS can provide financial assistance to children from low-income, working families who otherwise would not be able to attend our programs.

Emceed by Rafael SanchezRafael Sanchez_1345485009827_32122_ver1.0_320_240

Emmy-award-winning reporter Rafael Sanchez joined RTV6 in 1998 as a consumer investigator. He has won numerous awards for excellence in journalism including Best Metro TV Reporter award from the Associated Press in 2013 and 2014. In the past, he has also received the Best Consumer reporting awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Indiana chapter. Community service is priority and a passion. Every year, he enjoys participating in about 20 charitable events around central Indiana. He admits that anything involving Latin Ballroom fundraisers are among his favorites. In 2014, he won the “Johnson County Dancing With the Stars” event raising money for homeless youth.

Past Lights On Luncheons

Thanks to all who have made our past events so successful. Combined, the events from the past four years have raised more than $100,000 for the Ellen Clippinger Financial Assistance Fund to provide scholarships for more children to attend AYS programs. Dr. Robyn Silverman, who is often featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America and many other daytime programs, provided the keynote address in 2016, and Eric Rowles, a nationally recognized trainer, speaker, and consultant, inspired as the keynote speaker in 2017.



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