January 9, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
After-School All-Stars San Francisco Bay Area
After-School All-Stars Teams Up with the New York Life Foundation to Launch New Chapter in the Bay Area with First Schools in Oakland, CA
Oakland, CA (February 2, 2017) – The nation’s largest after-school provider After-School All-Stars (ASAS) will be joined by civic officials from throughout the Bay Area today in Oakland to launch its newest chapter. ASAS Bay Area is being launched thanks to the generous support from the New York Life Foundation, which provided a $4 million, multiyear grant to help the organization open six new chapters nationally.
The New York Life Foundation and the Oakland Unified School District have been instrumental in bringing ASAS to the Northern California. As the result of their hard work and advocacy, ASAS selected Claremont Middle School to be the site of first ASAS Bay Area program. With the launch of this new program, ASAS now serves 70,000 students in 351 schools in its 19 chapters across the United States.
“We can’t do this work alone,” said Arnold Schwarzenegger, founder of ASAS. “It takes partners like the New York Life Foundation and committed local officials to expand our programing, reach more schools, and help more students. It’s fantastic to see everyone getting to work in the Bay Area!”
What: After-School All-Stars San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Launch Celebration
When: Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 6:00pm-8:30pm
Where: Museum of Children’s Arts, 1625 Clay St #100, Oakland, CA 94612
Who: TBC local officials
New York Life Foundation Representatives
Oakland Unified School District Representatives
Namrata Gupta, Executive Director, ASAS San Francisco Bay Area
Approximately 10 After-School All-Star students from Claremont Middle School
Event Format: Interactive program designed to maximize interaction between students and adults. The program will include an opportunity for attendees to hear from students and short speeches from VIP guests. Art work completed in After-School All-Stars programs will be on display.
“The New York Life Foundation is proud to support the expansion of After-School All-Stars into the Puget Sound region. High quality after school programs like After-School All-Stars leverage community resources, provide engaging learning opportunities for kids and help working families in under resourced communities,” said Marlyn Torres, Senior Program Officer, New York Life Foundation. “Middle school students are historically under served by after-school programs. There are programs for elementary school students in the form of structured day care. High schools offer clubs, teams and extra-curricular activities. However, middle school students are often left with few safe and enriching opportunities between 3 and 6 pm. ASAS helps to solve this problem by engaging kids in constructive activities during these critical hours.”
ASAS Bay Area is excited to bring innovative and cutting edge programing to Title 1 schools around the Bay. “We believe it takes more than mentorship, homework help and STEM classes to level the playing field for disadvantaged students. We are building a program for marginalized communities which builds agency and equips students to take ownership of their learning, through personally relevant content and instruction,” said Namrata Gupta, Executive Director of ASAS Bay Area. Gupta oversees ASAS programs, including STEM curriculum, career exploration, service learning, sports and fitness. Under Gupta’s direction, ASAS is building a partnership model for collective impact, working with organizations including Game Heads, Launch Studio, Ever Forward and The Town Kitchen, to provide game design, Maker Space, culinary, entrepreneurship, music production, permaculture and art programs. “We are creating pathways via collective impact by working together across specialization, organizations and offering learning experiences in school and out of school which we hope will create pathways to opportunities for all students.”
“Any time After-School All-Stars opens a new program is cause for celebration,” said Ben Paul, President and CEO of ASAS. “Thanks to our partners at the New York Life Foundation we have been able to open the Bay Area chapter and five others. This means that thousands more students in low income communities across the country will have a safe and engaging place to go once the school bell rings.”
About After-School All-Stars
Founded in 1992 by Arnold Schwarzenegger, After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is a leading national provider of year-round, school-based, comprehensive afterschool programs. The organization’s mission is to keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. Every school day, students in low-income communities have access to free programs that offer academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health and fitness activities. 70,000+ children from 19 U.S. locations benefit: Atlanta, Bay Area, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark, New York, North Texas, Orlando, Philadelphia, Puget Sound , San Antonio, South Florida, Tampa Bay, Toledo, and Washington D.C. For more information, visit www.as-as.org.
About the New York Life Foundation
Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided $240 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees and agents of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please visit www.newyorklifefoundation.org.