Lights on Afterschool is the nationwide celebration of after-school programs, bringing awareness to the diversity of opportunities that after-school programs provide to kids and communities. Nationally there were over 8,000 events as part of this special celebration.
After-School All-Stars was proud to celebrate by hosting a number of events throughout October. Here are a few ASAS celebrations that took place across the country:
A trip to the Big Ten Network offices gave Chicago All-Stars a firsthand look at careers in sports broadcasting. From touring the studio space to participating in a CEO Relay Race with BTN leadership including the President and our newest National Board Member, Mark Silverman.
All-Stars will continue the Lights on Afterschool celebration this weekend at their annual Passport to Success event, which helps middle school kids and families understand their high school options and provides 8th graders with hands-on high school application support.
Over 300 New Yorkers took on the Climb for Kids challenge for the second year in a row and conquered the 1500+ stairs and 68 flights of 4 World Trade Center as part of our annual athletic fundraiser.
Once at the top, attendees enjoyed refreshments as they took in the sweeping views of the New York skyline.
Special guests at the after party included Steve Weatherford, former NFL New York Giants Punter, Tony Richardson, former NFL football fullback who played for sixteen seasons, as and Duke Castiglione, Fox 5 Sports Anchor.
“ASAS taught me to dream big and stay involved in my community. Now, I want to finish high school and study medicine at Temple University,” said ASAS Philadelphia alum Tyra Saroueth-Ho spoke at the 2nd Big Dreams, Bright Stars Dinner to celebrate Lights on Afterschool.
Event co-host, Yenni Meneses-Aparicio, a current All-Star shared similar sentiments: “After starting at All-Stars, I quickly learned that it wasn’t just a safe place—they helped me start thinking about my future.”
Kids Eighty All-Stars participated in high energy activities including indoor games with the Miami Marlins; a healthy cooking demo and meatball rolling contest Chef Leonardo La Cava and MIC Food; robotics class with FPL Connect and live junior broadcasting interviews with Eric Esteban of FOX Sports Florida / FOX Sports Sun.
The day culminated with a spirited pep rally, DJ’ed by Irie Foundation partner, Ryan Killinger.
Students, partners, parents and board members enjoyed special appearances from Billy the Marlin, the Miami Marlins cheerleaders and three-time Crossfit Masters Champion, Shawn Ramirez, who gave students an inspiring speech on having confidence in yourself and never giving up. See all the action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlDczibUldl
STEM was in the spotlight for Lights On Afterschool when students teamed up with local professionals to work on STEM activity kits that put the STEM skills they’ve been mastering through programming to work. Guests were also treated to performances from the school’s rock band and drill teams.
Over 500 students celebrated Lights On Afterschool. At Stuart Hobson Middle School, students participated in a CEO Relay Race with NPR, Mazda, Pepco, BF Joy, Seisay IT, and the Afterschool Alliance representatives attending. Attendees also saw firsthand the projects that the chess class, social art, film academy and DJ classes had been working on.
The Red Sprinkles Fashion Boot Camp students modeled their original designs in a fashion show and the “All that Jazz” music class students demonstrated their rhythm in a multi-layered performance. Events at other DC school included performances from Step, HYPE, band, and Hip Hop Musical classes, and even a robotics display. Our newest partner school, Cesar Chavez PCS, conducted a healthy cooking demonstration using Lights on Afterschool to introduce more students and parents to the programming that we provide.
Lights On Afterschool is just a snapshot into how ASAS programs help kids succeed in school and life every day!