Lights On Afterschool

More than 18,000 Montana children attend programs after the school day ends. Lights On Afterschool on Thursday, October 20 invites community members to celebrate the achievements of afterschool students by visiting a local event. Participants will enjoy site tours, educational classes, STEM activities, tutoring assistance, talent shows and more! For a complete list of Montana Lights On Afterschool events visit

Lights On Afterschool, organized by the Afterschool Alliance and celebrated annually since 2010, draws attention to the need for more afterschool programs to serve youth nationwide who are unsupervised and at risk after the school day ends.. More than 8,000 such events are organized across the nation to emphasize the importance of keeping the lights on and the doors open after school.

“Afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning. They provide opportunities to help young people develop into successful adults. MTAA promotes Lights On Afterschool a project of the Afterschool Alliance, to demonstrate our dedication to ensuring that all children have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs,” says Jan Lombardi, MTAA Steering Council Past President and Executive Committee member.

Recent data from America After 3PM shows a vast unmet demand for afterschool programs. In Montana, over 13% (18,814) of children participate in an afterschool program. Of Montana children not enrolled in afterschool programs, 38% (49,273) would if a program were available. More work needs to be done to meet the great need for afterschool programs that keep Montana’s kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families.

Established in 2014, Montana Afterschool Alliance (MTAA) works to improve quality, increase access and increase sustainability of out-of-school-time programs across the state. MTAA is a statewide network of key stakeholders who champion for the success of all out-of-school time programs across the state. More information can be found at

The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure all children have access to quality afterschool programs. More information is available at


Montana Events

Swan River School A.C.E.S. Afterschool Program

1205 Swan Hwy, Bigfork, MT 59111
tel: 951-719-0457

Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Montana

3864 Baxter Lane, Bozeman, MT 59718
tel: 406-587-8442
Details: Open House / Site Tour

Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line

500 1st Ave, Havre, MT 59501
tel: 406-265-6206
Details: Open House / Site Tour with dinner and family cooking classes.

YMCA After School Program at Bryant Elementary

1200 North Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601
tel: 406-324-1193
Details: Open House / Site Tour

Ericka Grieco

301 Broadway Ave, Hot SpringsMT 59845
tel: 406-531-2137
Details: Open House / Site Tour; Maker Fair / Hackerspace / DIY / Digital Media

X-Treme Team & Futures ASP

Hot SpringsMT 59845
tel: 406-849-5752
Details: Carnival / Festival for families

Libby Middle High School

150 Education Way, LibbyMT 59923
tel: 406-293-8802
Details: Tutoring / Academics focusing on math games

Libby Elementary

101 Ski Road, LibbyMT 59923
tel: 406-293-2763
Details: Open House / Site Tour, Tutoring / Academics with dinner prepared by students using the Montana Harvest vegetable of the month. Math games will be played.

Marion & Kila A.C.E.S.

MarionMT 59925
tel: 406-212-2830
Details: Open House / Site Tour

Stevens Youth Center

104 2nd Ave SE, White Sulphur SpringsMT 59645
tel: 406-547-5437
Details: Open House / Site Tour, Talent Showcase, Tutoring / Academics

Meadowlark SOARS Afterschool Program

4415 Durston Road, BozemanMT 59718
tel: (406) 522-6300
Details: Enjoy a free, nutritional dinner from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. on October 19. Nutrition based education and activities will accompany the meal.

Greater Gallatin United Way kidsLINK Afterschool

Hyalite Elementary, 3600 W. Babcock, Bozeman, MT 59718
Details: Engage in fall fun activities and nutrition lessons. Governor Steve Bullock will be attending from 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.