The weekday after-school hours of three to six p.m. represent an enormous challenge for children in the U.S. More than 70 percent of U.S. children have parents who work outside the home, leaving 15 million youth unsupervised by adults when the school day ends and three times more likely to engage in violent crime, drug use, alcohol and sexual activity. After-School All-Stars offers a proven alternative for these children. They are the largest national organization solely focused on providing school-based after-school and summer programs for low-income, at-risk youth. Founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1992, ASAS now serves over 81,404 children annually at 453 school sites across the US. ASAS programs combine academic support, engaging enrichment activities, and health and fitness programs to improve students’ overall performance.
Beyond the threat of crime and juvenile delinquency, ASAS also motivates our participants to become productive and engaged community members, now and throughout their adult life. They know that youth who attend ASAS programs gain social and academic skills, improve their self-esteem and learn respect towards their peers, school and community through daily interaction with positive role models. They know that their kids show marked improvement in GPA, test scores, and school attendance. Among their after-school program participants, criminal activity drops, school attendance soars and real learning that will impact their pursuit of further education and employment increases. ASAS is committed to preparing our children for the future.