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News & Events

August 20, 2014
10am – 11:30am; Webinar

Planning a Lights On Afterschool event:
How to engage your policymakers and the media

Lights On Afterschool is celebrated annually to call attention to the importance of afterschool programs for America's children, families and communities across the country. This session will be presented by Sarah Simpson from the Afterschool Alliance. Also local programs from Pennsylvania will share their techniques for producing a quality event and how to effectively engage both policymakers and the media. Check out this video, “Blow Ya Mynd”, created by the YMCA Lighthouse Project student group from last year’s Lights On Afterschool event. Register

Deadline: August 15, 2014

The Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award

The Afterschool Alliance has partnered with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to offer the first Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award. Nominate exceptional afterschool programs that are providing strong literacy support to middle schoolers—helping them to develop their reading, writing and critical thinking skills. The winning afterschool program will be awarded $10,000 and recognized at the Afterschool Alliance’s national Afterschool for All Challenge. Apply

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What is STEM?

STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) represents a broad category that includes critical activities and outcomes for OST staff and students. Quality STEM programming can enhance students’ academic achievement, skill development, career access and life-long STEM literacy.