, a national nonprofit that provides comprehensive afterschool program, has announced a four-year, $4 million grant from the to expand its services to middle school youth in six U.S. cities.
The grant will enable ASAS to introduce its afterschool model in Philadelphia and Newark this year. The model includes a variety of academic, enrichment, and health and fitness activities delivered through four initiatives: , which prepares middle school students for high school, college, and the workforce; , a sports-based youth-development program that connects sports to lessons about leadership, teamwork, resilience, discipline, health, nutrition, community service, gender equality, and the environment; , a financial literacy, career development, and entrepreneurship program; and , a program designed to enhance student achievement, help students develop as leaders, and inspire them to be active and responsible members of the community.
"As our largest funder, New York Life gives After-School All-Stars the ability to reach unprecedented numbers of students nationwide," said ASAS president and CEO Ben Paul. "Our shared vision is for all middle school students to be safe and healthy, to transition to and graduate from high school, go on to college, find careers they love and give back to their communities."