After-School All-Stars (ASAS) 

Overview

After-School All-Stars

 

The Chicago Public Schools After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is a program that provides schools with the tools and resources to develop and execute an enrichment strategy that will improve K-8th grade students' sense of school belonging and cultivate engaged 21st century learners and leaders.

ASAS Partner Schools provide a comprehensive after school program for approximately 4 hours each week, 20 weeks per year, in addition to the four hours of academic Supplemental Educational Services (SES) some students receive. ASAS programming includes purposeful activities such as: sports, dance, drama, art, technology, leadership, and healthy cooking and serves about 35,000 students in 241 schools.

Goals

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The vision of the After-School All-Stars program is to provide elementary school students with opportunities to grow academically, socially and emotionally in a safe and supportive school environment during the out of school time hours.

Benefits

Participation in ASAS has the following benefits:

  • Kids are more likely to graduate and get better grades and ISAT scores.
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  • Students improve regular school day attendance and behavior.
  • After-school programming places children in a safe and supervised environment, therefore reducing their exposure to juvenile crime and substances.

Enrollment

Students attending a school with the After-School-All-Stars program may participate. To find out the schools’ specific enrollment process and requirements, contact the school’s after-school coordinator.

Approach

ASAS believes that students will grow academically, socially and emotionally if a school is committed to delivering quality youth programming and works to foster an environment that taps into a student's motivation to attend and engage. ASAS considers high quality programming to include youth-centered principles adopted from the Center for Youth Program Quality:

  • Authentic Engagement of students in purposeful activities that build life skills and develop students into 21st century learners and leaders.
  • Meaningful Interaction and Supportive Environments where program staff serve as caring adults to students and foster connections among students.
  • Physically, Socially and Emotionally Safe Environments where students feel physically safe, accepted, valued as individuals and can express their unique passions and talents.
  • Incorporation of Student Voice in decision making about activities and activity content; providing a diverse offering of activities from which students can select.

Resources

After-School All-Stars is part of a national network of 13 cities that provide comprehensive after school programming to middle school students across the country.

 

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Contact information

After-School All-Stars
125 South Clark Street
12th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (773) 553-1499
Fax: (773) 553-3595