After-School All-Stars (ASAS), a national nonprofit organization providing comprehensive afterschool programs, announced today a $4,000,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation supporting expansion to serve middle school youth in six new U.S. cities. This four-year grant is one of the largest in ASAS’s 20-year history and its first ever multi-year expansion grant.
“We are thrilled to partner with New York Life, an organization that shares our values and is investing significant resources in local communities. As our largest funder, New York Life gives After-School All-Stars the ability to reach unprecedented numbers of students nationwide. Our shared vision is for all middle school students to be safe and healthy, to transition to and graduate from high school, go on to college, find careers they love and give back to their communities,” said ASAS President and CEO Ben Paul. “We are looking forward to working with the New York Life team to continue serving middle school students around the country.”
“The Foundation is deepening the relationship we established with ASAS in 2012 because their programming — a combination of academics, enrichment activities and healthy lifestyles — has improved student achievement significantly. In fact, 99 percent of ASAS’s We Are Ready students were promoted on time to the ninth grade,” said Maria Collins, vice president, New York Life Foundation. “We are focusing our educational enhancement funding on middle school students because it is a particularly vulnerable time for students and only a small percentage of programs target this age group.”
ASAS has identified Newark, NJ, and Philadelphia, PA, as the first new expansion cities in 2014. The grant will allow ASAS to expand its comprehensive afterschool model, including an array of academic, enrichment and health and fitness programming, along with ASAS’s four signature initiatives:
· We Are Ready: a program to prepare middle school students for life in high school, college, and the workforce. This includes the CampUs program, an intensive weeklong immersion program that takes place on a university campus. The camp prepares students for high school and college and makes connections between academic, professional and personal success;
· Sports as a Hook: a unique sports-based youth development program that connects sports activities to lessons on leadership, teamwork, resilience, discipline, health, nutrition, community service, gender equality, and the environment;
· Career Exploration Opportunities: a financial literacy, career development, and entrepreneurship program; and
· Life Service Action: a program created to enhance student achievement, help students develop as leaders, and inspire them to be active and responsible members of the community by designing and leading their own service learning projects.
About After-School All-Stars
Founded in 1992, After-School All-Stars is a leading national provider of year-round, school-based, comprehensive afterschool programs. During the school year, children participate in free programs that include academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health/fitness activities. The organization’s mission is to keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. Nearly 90,000 children from families of poverty benefit in 14 U.S. regions: Atlanta, Chicago, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, North Texas, Ohio, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, South Florida and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.as-as.org.
About The New York Life Foundation
Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided nearly $185 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. Through its focus on “Nurturing the Children,” the Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please visit www.newyorklifefoundation.org.