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Happy 2018 Lights On Afterschool Day!

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under Afterschool and Summer News, Policy & Legislation, School's Out News

Happy Lights On Afterschool Day! Thank you to Washington State Governor Jay Inslee for declaring October 25, 2018 Light On Afterschool Day in Washington State.  Governor Inslee, along with many other community leaders, afterschool providers, families, and young people are acknowledging and celebrating the importance of afterschool programs today in keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn, and helping working families.

Take a moment to read Governor Inslee’s proclamation which highlights the many benefits of afterschool programs in the lives of Washington’s children and youth.

Here in Washington, we have over 50 Lights On Afterschool celebrations happening across the state!  From communities in King County to Bellingham, Wenatchee, Longview, Tacoma, Newport, White Salmon, and more, check out the many incredible celebrations happening across Washington today!

At the national level, there are more than 8,000 events happening across the country!  And just in time for Lights On Afterschool, new national poll conducted by Afterschool Alliance shows strong public support for afterschool. Nearly 9 in 10 adults (89 percent) agree that afterschool programs are important to their community, with bipartisan and nationwide support for afterschool programs cutting across party lines as well as geographic regions. Learn more about the polling results that show strong support for afterschool across the board!

At School’s Out Washington, we’re excited to launch our new Career Connected Learning webpage with a downloadable issue brief as part of Lights On Afterschool.  While Washington State is rich in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)-focused industry, too few students are graduating with the skills and knowledge needed to enter STEM careers, especially girls, low-income youth, and youth of color. If these youth can’t see themselves as STEM competent and are unclear on potential career pathways, they are unlikely to chase their passions and pursue a STEM career.   

Providing more high-quality afterschool and summer STEM learning opportunities, as well as career connected and work-integrated learning, is key to equipping youth with the necessary knowledge and skills to fulfill the needs of a dynamic workforce. These programs work with youth from elementary through high school deepening exposure to exciting content and develop essential ‘employability skills’, also known as 21st Century workforce skills such as communication, critical thinking, teamwork, problem solving and perseverance.  

Learn more about this work, and get involved in our advocacy efforts to promote Career Connected Learning in expanded learning opportunities by joining the Washington Expanded Learning Opportunities Network!

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