After School Professionals Appreciation Week is set for April 24-28, 2017. ASAP salutes and recognizes those who work with youth during out-of-school hours. Join ASAP in thanking the hundreds of after school professionals and volunteers who make a difference in the lives of more than 2,000 young people throughout ASAP's 30 program locations.
In March, one of ASAP's program partners - Gene Slay's Girls & Boys Club of St. Louis - penned a feature story on the important role of after school and the impact they are having on the community.
Read Gene Slay's Girls & Boys Club story.
ARCHS, Neighborhood Houses, and Provident staff members were honored for their years of service and staff leadership to the after school community at the March 2017 Missouri AfterSchool Network's (MASN) conference. As well, Bonita Jamison, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction of the Riverview Gardens School District (pictured above right), was honored. Jamison was nominated by ARCHS' Kristy Kight (pictured above left) for the honor in recognition of her support of the After School for All Partnership (ASAP).
On October 20, 2016 ASAP joined thousands of after school programs across America to celebrate "Lights on After School." Launched in October 2000, it is the only nationwide event celebrating after school programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities.
ASAP sites celebrated with special events across its network of 30 program locations. Pictured: ASAP student performance at Mullanphy Elementary School.
In September 2016, the ASAP program at Peabody Elementary School shared their after school snack time with St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officers.
Also in September, the ASAP program at Hanrahan Elementary School in Jennings invited St. Louis County Police officers to join students and staff for a kick ball tournament and pizza party in an effort to build relationships with each other.
ASAP programs annually serve more than 2,000 youth. This school year, ASAP offers after school programming at 30 locations.
The Club brings to ASAP a rich history of serving area youth. Father Charles P. Maxwell launched the Boys’ Club of St. Louis on October 3, 1929 on the second floor of St. Vincent De Paul’s Catholic School. Under the sponsorship of the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis, Fr. Maxwell’s new club was the first officially affiliated Boys’ Club in Missouri.
By 1933, the Club had an active membership of 1,200 boys. It had proved itself worthy of community support and was admitted to the St. Louis Community Chest – the forerunner to the United Way. Over the next 30 years, the Club moved a number of times before completing and occupying the current 36,000+ square foot facility at 2524 South 11th Street in 1959.
In May 2006, to honor Eugene P. Slay, who served as President and CEO from 1993 until his passing in 2011 and dedicated his life to making things better for the kids, the Club was renamed the Gene Slay’s Boys’ Club of St. Louis. To reflect its expansion to serve girls on a full time and permanent basis, the Club was renamed the Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club of St. Louis in 2016.
Since 2007, ASAP has provided licensed, well-rounded after school programs that focus on academic support/enrichment, social and life skills, health and recreation, character development, and parent and family involvement. ASAP programs annually serve more than 2,000 youth. This school year, ASAP will offer programs at 30 locations.