ASAP hosted Second Quarter Professional Development Training for after school providers on November 7, 2014. The training focused on getting parents involved and engaged in their child's after school program. Participants also tackled what is the difference between involvement and engagement, what do programs stand to gain from parent interaction, and what do the students get from their parents becoming involved?
ASAP's funders require ongoing trainings to help promote and improve the quality of free after school programs to thousands of area students.
ASAP after school students at Meramec Elementary put on their creative hats on October 28, 2014 when they visited Craft Alliance in St. Louis. Students designed jewelry and made personal designs on the computer.
The ASAP after school program at Meramec Elementary is provided by Neighborhood Houses.
ASAP was proud to be one of 8,000 communities across the nation taking part in the 15th annual Lights On After School on October 23, 2014. Lights On celebrates after school programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities.
Dozens of ASAP programs participated in this year's event, hosting programs such as a balloon launch carrying students' favorite aspects of after school, an stl250 cake design, talent show, and t-shirt decorations. Photos below are from ASAP sites at Jefferson (operated by Provident), Patrick Henry (Neighborhood Houses), and Sigel (Neighborhood Houses) elementary schools and St. Frances Cabrini (YWCA).
University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) College of Education students learned about job opportunities with ASAP's six providers that serve more than 2,300 students at 29 after school locations at a job fair on September 4, 2014. 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 student's coursework at UMSL COE related to best practices in early childhood and K-12 education.
ARCHS and UMSL's College of Education formed a partnership earlier this year that provides students with the opportunity to secure part-time employment at an ASAP program site for the 2014-2015 school year.
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.