From Talk to Action ASAP
The origins of ASAP trace back to 2006 when the Mayor of St. Louis formed a task force to examine issues related to after school with a primary focus of building a coordinated after school system. At the time, it was estimated that there was a need for 5,600 more children to be served through after school each day to meet the national average of 22% access to five day-a-week after school programs.
In 2007, planning turned into reality when Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS) and St. Louis for Kids (now United for Children) formed a community partnership to help spearhead ASAP. This coordination, as well as substancial funding support by an impressive array of public and private funders, began a dramatic expansion of new after school programs throughout the city.
ASAP Historical Timeline:
2007: ASAP formally launches, issuing an RFP that adds 480 new after school slots in its first year. Secures $800,000 in state, city and private funding to begin programming. Other partners (St. Louis Mental Health Board, St. Louis Public Schools /MO DESE 21st Century programs) bring additional funding exceeding $1.6 million and new program sites.
2008: ASAP issues another formal RFP to add more after school slots and continues to build upon its strategic partnerships.
2009: Due to the on-going success of ASAP, the St. Louis Mental Health Board (MHB) transferred the management oversight of its after school funded sites ($700,000) to ASAP. As well, the St. Louis Public Schools continued partnering with ASAP by providing funding through MHB, creating after school liaisons and providing some transportation services.
2010: More than 4,000 students are served each day through ASAP. 2,560 new after school slots have been added since 2007 (long term goal of 5,600). ARCHS provides strategic contract/program management and fiscal agent oversight and St. Louis for Kids provides technical assistance and professional development support.
Watch this video to learn more about how ASAP is making a difference in the lives of thousands of students everyday.