Today is Lights on Afterschool! Organized by the Afterschool Alliance, Lights on Afterschool is a national initiative designed to inform communities of the importance afterschool programming plays, and to ensure all children have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs.
In honor of this year’s celebration, we’d love to share Creative Action’s Afterschool impact from the 2016-2017 school year.
Creative Action After School programming impact:
At Creative Action, we believe all youth deserve and benefit from high-quality, innovative programming that teaches them social skills critical to their future success.
This is why we offer after school programming based on individual financial needs, with payment options including fee-based, sliding scale, and free. We serve 42 campuses each week in Austin, Bastrop, Del Valle, Eanes, and Manor Independent School Districts, reaching 3,000 youth — and with your support, we plan on continuing to expand and serve more in the future.
Program evaluations from 2016-2017 show that after participating in Creative Action out-of-school time (OST) programs:
- 91% of youth agree they are a better artist because of their program and 82% feel they can use art to express themselves.
- 88% agree their class has shown them that art can change people in a good way.
- 83% feel they learned new skills for working with others.
- 84% feel safe and accepted in the program.
- 93% say they now stand up for people who are being treated unfairly.
- 95% are able to see multiple sides to every story.
Most importantly, 95% of Creative Action Afterschool program participants believe they can make a difference in the world — and so do we.
Students in our programs are shining a light on the value of after school programming. And you can help ensure even more youth can participate in high-quality afterschool programming in years to come!
3 ways you can support Lights on Afterschool Day:
1. Tell your friends, family, and neighbors about the importance of afterschool programming.
Though Creative Action isn’t hosting a dedicated Lights on Afterschool event, you can still support Learn All The Time (LATT), our local network committed building a healthy ecosystem of high-quality out-of-school time programs. Additionally, LATT focuses on making these programs accessible for all Central Texas youth, regardless of economic background.
2. Eat tacos — seriously!
Show your support for afterschool programming in true Austin fashion by eating tacos. How much easier could it get?
This month at Mi Madre’s, 50% of sales of their Taco of the Month will support LATT! So spread the word about Creative Action and the importance of after school programming, then bring your friends and family to Mi Madre’s for a philanthropic chow-down.
3. Support Creative Action’s afterschool programming.
According to the Afterschool Alliance, 11.3 million children in the U.S. are unsupervised after school.
Did you know a $1,000 donation to Creative Action pays for six months of high-quality afterschool programming for one child? If you’re more interested in smaller gifts, consider joining our Creative Circle, which provides monthly donations to Creative Action to provide scholarships for our after school programs along with other critical support.
Please consider giving what you can by donating to Creative Action. In turn, we will use your gift to provide children with a safe space to stay after school hours, developmental curriculum that teaches them critical interpersonal skills, and of course, engaging arts programming.[efsbutton style=”” size=”” color_class=”” align=”left” type=”link” target=”false” title=”Donate Now! ” link=”https://creativeaction.org/donate-now/”]