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 4 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 St. Louis 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/Missouri 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) transfer the management oversight of its after school funded sites ($700,000) to ASAP. As well, the St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) continue partnering with ASAP by providing funding through MHB, creating after school liaisons and providing some transportation services.
2010: More than 4,000 children 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 (now United 4 Children) provides technical assistance and professional development support.
2012: ARCHS brings added afterschool ASAP programs to the Riverview Gardens School Distrcit, while continuing long-serving ASAP programs in the Jennings School Distrcit and SLPS. ASAP is honored with a "What's Right WIth the Region" award from FOCUS St. Louis for its work in increasing access to, and the quality of, afterschool programs.
Watch this video to learn more about how ASAP is making a difference in the lives of thousands of students everyday.