After-School All-Stars

From After-School All-Stars:

The mission of After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is to provide comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them achieve in school and life. Our goal is to identify and fuel our student’s individual passions by tying their interests to tailored academic support, enrichment activities and sports. By creating lasting relationships with our students and incorporating service learning, we equip our All-Stars with the confidence and skills to become productive members of their community. After-School All-Stars gives its students a safe-haven during the time of day when youth violence, drug use, and other delinquent behaviors are mostly likely to occur. We provide intentional and thoughtful supports to fight against the high school drop-out and obesity crises and to ready our students for fulfilling careers in the modern workforce.

ASAS programs keep children safe during the “danger zone” hours of 3pm-6pm, provide students with the academic foundation to succeed in school, and equip them with the skills to become more productive and engaged members of their communities. Knowing that academics coupled with enrichment activities improve student achievement significantly more than academics alone, ASAS created three program pillars:

1) Academics
2) Enrichment
3) Health and Fitness

The Academics Pillar provides students with assistance in their academic work, particularly in core subjects such as English and Mathematics, and enhances what they are already learning during the regular school day. The Enrichment Pillar provides children with unique, experiential opportunities to develop extracurricular talents and build their social, artistic, and emotional skills. Enrichment classes are often taught by professionals in their respective fields, which include art, debate, filmmaking, student government, journalism, dance, cooking, fashion design and entrepreneurship. The final pillar, Health and Fitness, focuses on diverse, structured physical and nutrition activities that teach children the importance of healthy living.

ASAS has launched four national program initiatives to address the issues that are most adversely affecting the lives of our students and their communities. Through our “We Are Ready” (W.A.R.) Program, ASAS works to stem the drop-out crisis by targeting eighth graders who have been placed on drop-out “Watch Lists” and preparing them for their transition to high school.  In response to America’s youth obesity crisis, ASAS launched Sports as a Hook— a unique sports-based youth development program which connects sports activities to lessons on leadership, nutrition, community service, gender equality and exposure to nature. In response to students feeling disconnected from their communities and helpless to improve them, we launched Life, Service Action—a service-learning program. And in response to the need for financial literacy in low-income communities, we created CEO— a Career Exploration Opportunities program.


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