ASAP opened its doors to youth in the 2006-07 school year as a unique collaboration of private and public funding, and currently supports 30 licensed after school program sites. ASAP comprises the largest coordinated after school system in St. Louis, providing free, high quality programming for underserved children in grades K-5. Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS) manages ASAP, in partnership with multiple school districts, service delivery providers, and professional development experts.
Since 2007, an impressive array of 23 public and private funders have helped ASAP build a coordinated after school system. As well, ASAP's network of after school providers leverage other funding that helps secure additional donated goods and services to enhance programming. By supporting at least 2,000 children per year for the past 10 years, their generous financial investment means that more than a quarter of a million youth have benefitted in neighborhoods throughout the City of St. Louis (downtown, midtown, north, and south) and the Jennings and Riverview Gardens School Districts in north St. Louis County.
In 2012 as ASAP celebrated its 5th year anniversary, FOCUS St. Louis recognized ASAP with a “What’s Right With The Region!” award for its work in increasing access to quality after school programs.
In its backbone role, ARCHS has sustained ASAP by anchoring $2.5 million in funding through Missouri Department of Social Services and St. Louis Mental Health Board, as well as the Norman J. Stupp Foundation (Commerce Bank Trustees). In addition, ARCHS has offered technical assistance and professional development for ASAP’s youth-serving provider staff through United 4 Children and other youth development experts. ARCHS has also implemented an evaluation protocol that demonstrates how ASAP is impacting not only the youth, but also their working parents and day school/after school educators. All this despite school closings, multiple school districts de-accreditation, the Great Recession, and other challenges.
The origins of ASAP trace back to 2006 when the Mayor of St. Louis formed a task force to examine issues related to after school with a primary focus of building a coordinated after school system. At the time, it was estimated that there was a need for 5,600 more children to be served through after school each day to meet the national average of 22% access to five day-a-week after school programs.
“ASAP currently offers 1,715 slots that serve at least 2,000 children,” says Wendell E. Kimbrough, ARCHS’ CEO. “So while the goal to serve all children in need has not been fully achieved, ARCHS has worked diligently to sustain ASAP’s current programs and build the case for expansion.”
As most have already noticed, the kids are huddled at the corner bus stops and the classroom doors have been opened up for the new school year. Once again, ARCHS has been preparing all summer to kick off a new year of after school programming.
This school year, After School for All Partnership for St. Louis (ASAP) will be supporting 30 sites, including 2 new sites at Buder Elementary and Hickey Elementary.
To make these after school programs work so well, ARCHS provides funding, resources and expertise. This year, ARCHS is proudly partnering with these organizations:
On October 22, 2015, schools across the nation celebrated "Lights on Afterschool" - an annual event that supports the national need for quality after school programs by providing educational, hands-on activities to keep kids safe and to inspire learning while helping working families. ASAP's 29 program locations offered a variety of special events to celebrate.
ASAP continues to provide after school programming for thousands of children in the St. Louis Metro area and are continually working to expand the network to serve more children with high quality activities.
-Jennings Fairview Elementary School: 7047 Emma Ave, Jennings, MO 63136 -Boys & Girls Club: Adam’s Park Club: 4317 Vista, St. Louis, MO, 63110 -Mason Elementary: 6031 Southwest, St. Louis, MO 63139
For just one hour per week, for eight weeks, teach children about healthy eating habits, lead active games and provide a healthy snack. Training and all supplies provided. Each school needs a minimum of six volunteers to be successful. Join us to “catch healthy habits” with some fun, energetic kids and volunteers.
The volunteer commitment is to attend training and join a volunteer team for one hour per week for eight weeks. New volunteer trainings will be held August 19th and 26th at Crown Center in University City from 9 am-2:00 pm. And one training date is to be announced in St. Charles for the end of August.
Parents of After School for All Partnership (ASAP) youth believe the activities their children participate in are having a positive impact. This past February, 573 parents completed surveys that asked a variety of questions about their ASAP experiences and impressions. The survey tool was developed by Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
In the survey, 98% of parents said the after school programs help produce better school day learning and behavior for their child.
94% of surveyed parents believed the learning their child gains in the after school program has a direct correlation/link to the curriculum taught in the regular school day.
Also, 94% said they believe their child's grades have improved since participating in after school.
Finally, 99% of surveyed parents think the after school program is an effective and integral part of the entire student school experience, while 99% said the after school program staff takes adequate precautions to make sure their child is cared for and safe.
Each of the 29 after school programs in the ASAP system offer a full hour of homework/academic support every day as well as a variety of social/life skills, health/recreation, character development, and parent engagement activities.
ASAP is a community effort to expand access to, and increase the quality of, after school programs for the Greater St. Louis Region. For the past eight years, ARCHS has served as ASAP’s backbone organization providing intensive technical assistance and professional development to more than 200 after school staff members.
ASAP is funded by a unique network of public and private funders such as the State of Missouri, St. Louis Mental Health Board, and Stupp Foundation (Commerce Bank, Trustee).