An afterschool program at Carver Elementary School operated
by Social Advocates for Youth San Diego (SAY) was recently selected by the San
Diego County Office of Education as the inaugural recipient of the Shine Bright
Lights On Afterschool Program.
The award recognizes SAY’s commitment to providing quality
expanded learning programs.
The Carver Elementary PrimeTime program nurtures a safe
culture, in which students can build relationships, receive academic
assistance, and participate in impactful learning opportunities. The program
focuses on student safety, health, and well-being.
To celebrate the award, children, parents, and community
leaders came together Oct. 23 at a Lights On Afterschool event at the school.
The event also celebrated the achievements of afterschool students and
highlighted the need for more afterschool programs to serve the millions of
children nationwide who are unsupervised and at risk each weekday afternoon.
The event was one of more than 7,500 such events across the nation emphasizing
the importance of keeping the lights on and the doors open after school.
“Receiving this recognition is a wonderful testament to the
great program at Carver made possible by the collaborative partnership we have
with the parents, the school, and the San Diego Unified School District,” said
SAY Chief Executive Officer, Nancy Gannon Hornberger. “Carver’s exemplary
program is part of a movement to ensure that children and families receive the
many benefits of high-quality before and after school programs – including
greater student engagement in school and academic success, higher self-esteem,
positive peer relationships, and critical support for hard working parents.”
The Lights On Afterschool event follows the release of America
After 3PM data showing a vast unmet demand for afterschool programs
nationwide. In California, 25 percent of children participate in an afterschool
program, yet 49 percent would be enrolled if a program were available. Further,
90 percent of California parents are satisfied with their child’s afterschool
program and agree that afterschool programs give working parents peace of mind.
More work needs to be done to meet the great need for afterschool programs that
keep California kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families.
“SAY’s PrimeTime program at Carver is a shining example of
the importance of after school programs. They provide an environment for kids
to extend their learning, enjoy cultural experiences, and develop their
leadership skills,” said Dr. Randy Ward, county superintendent of schools. “After
school programs are needed and are working in our local communities and across
The PrimeTime program at Carver Elementary started in 2002
with an Afterschool Education and Safety (ASES) grant from the California
Department of Education. It now serves 80 children, providing homework
assistance, mentoring, tutoring, and classes and clubs in sports, recreation,
mathematics, chess, and dozens of other subjects. The program is a
collaboration of the provider agency, school, and families. Extended
learning programs in San Diego provide support to 373 schools implementing the
ASES and 21st Century Community Learning Center programs.
Lights On Afterschool is organized by the Afterschool
Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to
ensure that all children have access to quality afterschool programs. More
information on the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool and America
After 3PM is available at www.afterschoolalliance.org.
In partnership with the San Diego Unified School District,
SAY San Diego provides the PrimeTime program to over 3,000 children annually.
PrimeTime provides a safe place for students in elementary and middle school to
experience academic enrichment and recreational activities during the hours
before and after the regular school day. The programs are designed to create an
enthusiasm for learning. SAY is one of the largest providers of PrimeTime
programs in San Diego.