Lights On Luncheon: A Celebration of Afterschool

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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 2017, the National Lights on Afterschool Day will be held on October 26. AYS will celebrate by holding our second annual Lights On Luncheon on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. 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.

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Hosted 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. Read more here.

Keynote by Eric Rowles

eric_in_actionEric Rowles is a nationally recognized trainer, speaker, and consultant who has worked with over 150,000 youth, adults, administrators, professionals, and policy makers within the past 15 years. His presentations are legendary – by combining the energy and innovation of a master trainer, while at the same time reaching each of us through his stories, research, and on-the-ground strategies… Get ready for the EXTRAORDINARY…. LEADING TO CHANGE! Read more here.

Impacting Our Children Through Time, Talent, & Treasure!

As we celebrate the impact of our after-school programs, we are reminded that each of us has the power to launch a wave of learning, to open a door and a mind, to create a lifetime imprint on a young person. From teachers to bankers, from legislators to parents, our community comes together to weave a web of support for our children, especially during the out-of-school time hours. We do this through the communal transaction of 3T’s: Giving of our Time, our Talents, and our Treasure! Don’t miss this fast-paced, powerful, and media-filled presentation through the lyrical and inspirational storytelling of Eric Rowles (CEO of Leading To Change) as he shares REAL stories and strategies to strengthen our out-of-school time network of community heroes.

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Lights On Luncheon 2016

Thanks to all who attended AYS’ inaugural event on October 20, 2016, which aligned with the Lights On Afterschool initiative. The event educated the community about the importance of out-of-school time programs, brought together key stakeholders and raised more than $20,000 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. AYS’ founder Ellen Clippinger was honored as Sagamore of the Wabash by State Representative Greg Porter. We hope you can join us next time!


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