Lights On Afterschool

Sep 27, 2021 | Upcoming Events

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.

The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things—such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do and poetry—and discover new skills. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs.

Ready to get started planning? 

  • Visit the Lights On Afterschool website to access planning resources and tools.
  • Whether this is your first Lights On Afterschool or your 22nd, join us for a webinar from the Afterschool Alliance to inspire and help you get the most out of your celebration. REGISTER HERE.

Sign Your Program Up for Lights On Afterschool TODAY for Chance to Win Galactic Quest STEM Kits from 4-H! Afterschool programs can celebrate two events in one: when you participate in Lights On Afterschool, you can also join in the 4-H STEM Challenge! To help inspire you, 4-H has donated 50 STEM Challenge Galactic Quest educator kits. Register your Lights On Afterschool event anytime between August 26 and September 2, and you will be entered to win. When you register your event, be sure to select “I’m celebrating the 4-H STEM Challenge as part of my event.” in the registration form! All who register also receive 10 Lights On posters and weekly event planning emails.


The Mississippi Statewide Afterschool Network works to better our state and its communities by connecting providers, parents and policymakers with proven tools and resources to increase the quality of and access to out-of-school time programming for K-12 children and youth.


Mississippi has hundreds of afterschool and summer learning programs across the state for children and families. Use this map to find a program in your area.

Mississippi has hundreds of afterschool and summer learning programs across the state for children and families. Use this map to find a program in your area.

The Mississippi Statewide Afterschool Network wanted to create a mapping tool to better understand the landscape of afterschool and summer programs available for children and families. From the initial launch of the new mapping tool, we have identified some startling findings.