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).
ASAP hosted its Fourth Quarter Professional Development Training for after school providers on April 3, 2015. The training focused on being an engaging and motivating provider; tackling stimulating and thought-provoking activities to implement in specific programs as well as reflection on the effectiveness of these programs. ASAP requires ongoing trainings to help promote and improve the quality of free after school programs to thousands of area students.