Lights on Afterschool is celebrated nationwide to call attention to the importance of after-school programs for America's children, families and communities. 

One million Americans and more than 8,000 communities nationwide - including 368 in Michigan - last year celebrated afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families. 

The Afterschool Alliance salutes the many Lights On Afterschool partners and programs who make this event a success, in particular the After-School All-Stars, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 4-H Afterschool, Junior Achievement, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Young Rembrandts, and the YMCA of the USA.

The Afterschool Alliance has many tools on their Web site for Lights On Afterschool.

Some tools to look out for:

In 2018 more than a million people rallied for after-school programs at ­­­8,300 events - 368 of them in Michigan - nationwide. Check out the list from Afterschool Alliance's Lights On Afterschool, with descriptions of hundreds of events.