ASAP students at Laclede and Mann elementary schools are using grants from Monsanto to create evidence-based solutions that promote science for after school students.
This month, Monsanto presented the two ASAP programs with $1,000 Dannette Ward Science Education grants. The grants will be used to complete an outdoor ecosystem at Mann Elementary, and will assist Laclede Elementary with a school-wide science fair that takes place during the after school hours.
"The funds will be used to emphasize science education, highlight collaboration between the school and the ASAP after school programs, as well as a recruitment tool to show students the kinds of fun and educational activities that take place in after school programs," said Gloria Hampton, Director of After School Programs at Neighborhood Houses.
Founded in 2007, ASAP is a community effort to increase the quality and access to after school programs in the Greater St. Louis area. More than 2,200 students are served through ASAP each year.
ARCHS and the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) College of Education (COE) have launched a new partnership that will provide UMSL COE students with the opportunity to secure part-time employment at an After School for All Partnership (ASAP) program site during the 2014-2015 school year.
At the ASAP Employment Resource Fair on April 28, 2014, UMSL COE students networked with ASAP's six providers that serve more than 2,300 students at 29 after school locations. By working at an ASAP program, instead of a traditional part time job in retail or food service, UMSL COE students will gain real life career and educational experience. ASAP's program staffs, students, and parents will benefit from the students' coursework at UMSL COE related to best practices in early childhood and K-12 education.
ARCHS has formed new partnerships with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri and Saint Louis University to enhance the quality of programming in its After School for All Partnership for St. Louis (ASAP) students.
Girl Scouts' BFF Program
The Girls Scouts are currently turning ASAP students into leaders through its character development curriculum, "Be a Friend First" (BFF), at five after school sites. BFF is an eight-week program created to help girls develop healthy relationship skills, understand relational aggression, and learn about conflict resolution and bullying prevention.
"After school programs are a great forum to reach girls for non-formal instruction. One of the aims of ASAP is to build student social and life skills and develop character," said Michelle Johnson, Grant Programs Manager for the Girls Scouts of Eastern Missouri.
Johnson believes BFF not only builds character, but it also helps strengthen self-confidence, identifies bully exclusive behaviors, teaches how to resolve conflicts peacefully and constructively, builds trusting relationships with classmates, and helps girls to feel empowered to create a culture of peace.
"Girls will work on a project of their own design to address bullying in their school and this kind of taking action is key to Girl Scouts -making the world a better place," Johnson said.
The program, which is based on the Girl Scouts national leadership curriculum, is currently being taught at ASAP after school sites at Adams Park Community Center, and Dunbar, Fairview, Hanrahan, and Mann elementary schools.
Saint Louis University's "1,000 Tickets Initiative"
ASAP after school students are going blue for winter through a new partnership that is providing tickets to Saint Louis Billikens men's basketball games.
Saint Louis University's "1,000 Tickets Initiative" reaches out to community organizations, and donates tickets to home basketball games at Chaifetz Arena
Since 2007, the After School for All Partnership (ASAP) has improved access to, and the quality of, after school programs across the St. Louis region. ARCHS has partnered with schools, faith-based/community organizations, and public/private funders to help lead this effort that annually serves more than 2,800 students.
Recently, ASAP has teamed up with such leading area organizations as the St. Louis Rams, Monsanto, and OASIS, to bring enhanced learning opportunities to students. Here is a summary of ASAP's 2012-2013 school year results:
- 7,362 academic support/enrichment activities
- 5,294 social and life skills activities
- 6,110 health and recreation activities
- 4,558 character development activities
- 896 parent and family involvement activities
- 86% of youth reported positive academic success
- 84% of youth reported positive life skills/choices & core values
- 90% of youth reported they enjoy exercise and recreation
- 93% of teachers, staff, and parents reported youth show academic improvements
- 98% of ASAP staff reported they will apply what they learned from ASAP's quarterly professional development trainings
- 95% of ASAP staff reported they learned new information from ASAP's quarterly professional development trainings.
ASAP after school students at Adams Park Community Center, Peabody Elementary School, and St. Frances Cabrini scored a touchdown in the National Football League's (NFL) Play60 Campaign with the St. Louis Rams on October 24, 2013. The team invited ASAP to the new St. Louis Rams Training Academy to take part in passing and catching drills, along with speed and footwork exercises. Staff also spoke to the after school students about being healthy and getting an adequate amount of exercise each day.
In October 2007, the NFL launched NFL PLAY 60, a national youth health and fitness campaign focused on increasing the wellness of young fans by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day.
Designed to tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 brings together the NFL's long-standing commitment to health and fitness with an impressive roster of partner organizations. In addition to national outreach and online programs, NFL PLAY 60 is implemented at the grassroots level through NFL's in-school, after-school and team-based programs. The NFL PLAY 60 initiative is prominent during the NFL's key calendar events, including Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, Draft, Kickoff and Thanksgiving and is supported by many NFL players and coaches year round. To date, the NFL has dedicated over $200 million to youth health and wellness through NFL PLAY 60.
A special thanks to the St. Louis Rams.