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What Lights On Afterschool Means

Lights On Afterschool offers the opportunity for families around the United States to advocate for programs that keep our children and youth safe, healthy and engaged between 3pm and 6pm.

This year, Eastern Michigan University 21st Century Community Learning Centers BRIGHT FUTURES program put together a video of what Lights On means to them. Check it out below!

The focus of Bright Futures is to improve academic achievement and develop self-efficacy and prepare to transition to the next level of schooling. Bright Futures programs meet after school for three hours Monday through Thursday, 32 weeks during the school year and 6 weeks in the summer. Students participate daily in homework help, targeted academic assistance, mentoring, and service-learning and select from a rotating menu of clubs and actives. Clubs integrate writing skills, personal development, and specific skills to support elementary, middle, and high school students' successful transition to the next level of schooling.

For more details, visit the Bright Futures website.

Don't Let After-School Be An After-Thought

Expanding Minds and Opportunities Compendium Introduces Newest Research to the Field

In 2013, the Expanded Learning & Afterschool Project with support by the C.S. Mott Foundation, published a groundbreaking compendium of research surrounding the positive benefits of after-school and summer learning, Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success. This compendium is a collection of nearly 70 powerful articles from more than 100 leading researchers, educators and community leaders across the nation. The work focuses on six different areas of after-school research: