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Lights On Afterschool Celebrated Locally on Oct. 21
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The Jacksonville Children's Commission will celebrate its highly successful TEAM UP and community-based after-school programs and showcase the critical importance of quality programming during out-of-school time by participating in the nationwide 11th Annual Lights On Afterschool celebration. 

Participants will have the opportunity to tour two after-school programs, which include both academic and enrichment-oriented activities. 

DATE:                    Thursday, Oct. 21   


TIME:                     PAL Eastside, 4-4:30 p.m.

& LOCATIONS:      1050 Franklin St., 32206

                            Managed by the Police Athletic League


                    North Shore K-8, 4:45-5:15 p.m.

                    5701 Silver Plaza, 32208

                    Managed by The Bridge of Northeast Florida             


WHO:                     City Councilmember Dr. Johnny Gaffney, District 9

                              Roslyn Mixon-Phillips, Office of the Mayor

                              Lt. Derrick Mitchell, Police Athletic League

                              Linda Lanier, Jacksonville Children's Commission                                                                          

Lights On Afterschool  is celebrated nationwide on Oct. 21, to call attention to the importance of after-school programs for America's children, families and communities.  The initiative is a project of the Afterschool Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to quality, affordable after-school programs. 

A recent study funded by the Florida Afterschool Network, a statewide non-profit association, found that more than 740,000 of Florida's K-12 children are responsible for taking care of themselves afterschool. The study also found that parents of young students not in after-school programs believe their children would improve their social and workforce skills while in a safe and trouble-free environment.

Jacksonville is one of 7,585 communities nationwide and 700 communities statewide that have signed on to host a special afterschool event.  Florida is second in the nation in the number of planned Lights on Afterschool events.

Jacksonville has also been recognized nationally for the priority it has placed on high-quality out-of-school programming.  The National League of Cities (NLC), in partnership with The Wallace Foundation, has chosen Jacksonville as one of 25 cities they consider to be the most advanced in their out-of-school-time system building efforts based on a number of criteria. 

This fall, the NLC will conduct interviews with Jacksonville Children's Commission staff and their key intermediary partners to develop city profiles to include in a new NLC publication on citywide after-school system building.  Information from the interviews will also inform the on-going planning of the NLC and The Wallace Foundation with the goal of identifying how they can be most helpful in promoting further system development in those cities. 

TEAM UP is a unique and highly collaborative partnership between the Jacksonville Children's Commission, Duval County Public Schools and youth-serving non-profits.   The programs balance high quality academic instruction by certified teachers, with a wide array of enrichment, recreational and cultural activities, including dance, athletics, computer programs, leadership activities and/or music. In addition, the programs promote family literacy efforts and parent involvement activities. The goal is to improve the lives and academic achievement, promotion rates and attendance of low-income children at risk of academic failure and poor social/behavioral outcomes of elementary and middle school students.  

For more information on TEAM UP or community-based after-school programs, visit the Jacksonville Children's Commission at

For more information on Lights On Afterschool, visit

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