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ASAS Program is FREE for All Students
Each day, After-School All-Stars provides free, high quality after-school programs for low-income students at schools in Columbus, Toledo and Cleveland. We believe the After-School All-Stars program model is distinct in significant ways, making it an ideal partner for local schools and communities.
ASAS programs are School or Community Center Based
Our programs take place at Title 1 schools where more than 50% of students qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program, a proxy for poverty, or at community centers in low income neighborhoods.
ASAS does not incur costs for daily transportation to and from our facilities or put students in a position where they have to travel to programs alone.
ASAS is Solutions Oriented
ASAS has moved from being a “National Program Provider” to being a “National Solution Provider” by addressing crises that are youth are faced with today.
ASAS is an Extension of the School Day
Our lead staff partner with schools & other academic providers during the school day and after school hours.
We work closely with principals, administrators, and teachers to design and tailor our program to meet the needs of the students.
ASAS is the Largest National Organization Focused on Serving Middle School Students
Not all periods of life are equal in terms of a person’s development. The change and growth in a person between the ages of 11-14 is critical and lasting. As result, ASAS does not focus on serving all students 0-18. Rather we hone in on serving middle school students when their identity is up for grabs and they are deciding “who they want to be” and “how they want to live”.
Middle school is an age group historically underserved by after-school program providers. There are many programs for elementary school students in the form of structured day care. High schools offer numerous clubs, teams and extra-curricular activities. However, middle school students are often left with few options between 3 and 6 pm that are safe and structured.
Often middle school students are big enough to travel home alone after school and many parents become less concerned with where their children are and what they are doing after school. Sadly, studies show that 3-6 pm is the prime time when unsupervised students are most likely to become involved with gangs, crime, drugs and unsafe sex.
ASAS is a “National yet Nimble” Organization
We are a national organization with a lean, efficient administration and small bureaucracy. Everyone at our national and local chapter leadership levels personally know one another, work together, and are willing to help each other whenever possible.
ASAS is Highly Collaborative with Other Non-Profit Organizations
We do not want to reinvent the wheel and will work with any proven and reputable partners with expertise or a specific ability to provide a unique program experience for the benefit of our students. We have numerous national and local partnerships that enhance the quality of our programs.
ASAS Maintains a Collaborative National Network of Chapters
Senior staff from all chapters personally know one another and communicate regularly. We are not so large of an organization where people can get lost in the shuffle or feel without power to communicate or be heard.
The ASAS National network of chapters is tight knit and supportive. Chapter staff at all levels regularly convene to share and learn from each other and to discuss best practices.