Lights on Afterschool, presented by Bayer Healthcare, is a national event across a number of communities that celebrate and advocate for afterschool, before-school, weekend or summer programs. Out-of-School time programs provides children and youth opportunities to connect with supportive adults, grow positively with peers and learn to give back to the community. Youth who participate in OST programs make positive contributions back to the community by planting community gardens, organizing clean-ups, raising funds for a charity and have lead changes in their schools. In addition, youth in OST have made significant improvements behaviorally and academically as well as demonstrated gains in standardize test scores. In Allegheny County there are 188,023 youth between the ages of 5-17 eligible to participate in afterschool or expanded learning opportunities.
Thank you to everyone who participated and attended this year’s Lights on Afterschool celebrations all over our region! Over 2,000 youth, community members and local representatives from our area participated this year and helped us turn the Lights on Afterschool in Allegheny County! Please be sure to head over to our Facebook and Twitter accounts to see a recap and photos of the day’s events that took place across 35 different afterschool program sites in the city and beyond! #LightsonAfterschool
Click here to see more photos from Lights on Afterschool 2018!