Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley (BGCTNV) will host Lights On Afterschool events on October 22, 2015 at many of its Clubs. The events are part of more than an expected 8,000 such events around the nation that day that will celebrate the annual Lights On Afterschool, organized by the Afterschool Alliance. The day is to draw attention to a need for expanding afterschool opportunities so that every child who needs a program has access to one.
In communities today, 15.1 million children take care of themselves after the school day ends. Afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning. BGCTNV joins 7,500+ afterschool programs nationwide in celebrating the initiative.
While many of the Clubs have already hosted a Lights On Afterschool event, other Clubs will continue to celebrate through the end of the month. Fourteen of our 19 Clubs will participate. Upcoming signature events are as follows:
Halls/Powell Boys & Girls Club:
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6pm -8pm
1819 Dry Gap Pike Knoxville, TN
Details: We will be showcasing short movies and movie trailers put together by Club members using IPads and the IMovie software. Parents and local school officials will join us for a viewing of the movies with free popcorn
provided by Regal.
Northridge Crossing Boys & Girls Club:
Thursday October 22, 2015, 4pm-7pm
3916 Carus Road, Knoxville, TN
Details: Club members, parents and guest will participate in Mini Golf, Pumpkin STEM/STEAM Activities, Crafts, Carnival Games, Outdoor Activities, Prizes, Snacks, and more.
Vestal Boys & Girls Club:
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 4pm – 7pm
522 Maryville Pike, Knoxville, TN
Details: Parents, teachers, and community members are invited to participate in Vestalween: a healthy cookout with outdoor activities including pumpkin decorating, caramel apple bar, bounce houses, rolling video games, face painting, balloon animals and more!
- Interviews with parents who benefit from our programs, as well as interviews with kids in the programs are available upon request.
- BGCTNV’s Chief Administrative and Human Resources officer Kelly Drummond was named one of 15 ambassadors for the Afterschool Alliance this year. She is available for an interview by request.
- Fact sheet available if needed
About the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley:
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley began providing opportunities for youth in Knoxville in 1943 and has now grown into a four-county service area. Across the Tennessee Valley, 19 clubs exist in Knox, Blount, Loudon and North Anderson counties, and the clubs employ over 450 full-time and part-time staff members. Through the Boys & Girls Clubs, young people are shown that someone cares, and there are concerned and capable adults to whom they can turn for assistance. More than 7,200 at-risk boys and girls take advantage of the programs, activities and services provided by the clubs. They benefit from trained and caring staff and volunteers who help young people take control of their lives, envision productive futures and reach their goals.
The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to quality afterschool programs. More information on Lights On Afterschool is available at www.afterschoolalliance.org.