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NEW JERSEY DEVILS AND THE PHILADELPHIA 76ERS MANAGING OWNER DONATES $750K

November 15, 2016

Harris Family Charitable Foundation

Pucks flew across the gym floor during a special floor-hockey clinic last week. Over 50 Newark, NJ students joined Josh Harris – philanthropist and managing owner of the New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia 76ers – State District Superintendent Chris Cerf and other school district officials, City Council members, and school and community leaders to celebrate the announcement of a three-year partnership between ASAS and the Harris Family Charitable Foundation, headed by Harris.

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Many of the students had never held a hockey stick before, but Stanley Cup Champion Bruce Driver and staff from the New Jersey Devils were on hand to teach them the basics! Under Driver’s guidance, students learned how to use the stick and handle the puck, and practiced taking shots on a very special goalie: the team’s mascot, the NJ Devil. “I’d never played hockey before, but today was so much fun! I can’t wait to take my family to Devils game!” said a participating 7th grader. All the students left with tickets to an upcoming Devils game.

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The clinic was a celebration of a $750,000, three-year grant that will broaden ASAS’ presence in the communities where Harris’ teams operate. Indeed, the grant’s impact is already making positive change: earlier this fall, ASAS opened programming at 13th Avenue Elementary, the site of the festivities. In 2017, ASAS will open a new program site in Philadelphia, and will explore the possibility of expanding programming into nearby Camden.

Read more… Devils owner bets $750K on kids’ futures

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TEZA SPONSORS ASAS STEM CAMPUS

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Teza Sponsors After-School All-Stars STEM CampUs on August 1 – August 5

 

Five-day immersion program prepares at-risk eighth graders for high school and encourages their interest in science, technology, engineering and math

 

NEWARK, N.J. (July 20, 2016) — After-School All-Stars today announced that Teza is sponsoring its STEM CampUs program on August 1 – August 5 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where 30 students will experience and explore careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Additionally, the program prepares the low-income, urban students for their transition into, and graduation from, high school through academic workshops, mentoring, leadership training and group activities.

 

“Education helped propel me from a disadvantaged background to founding and leading a global firm,” said Misha Malyshev, CEO of Teza. “Teza and I commend ASAS and its efforts to prepare at-risk students for future success through after-school programs and by helping communities across the country.”

 

More than 1 million students – mostly in ninth grade – drop out each year. In response, ASAS launched We Are Ready: a middle- to high-school transition program during the school year for eighth graders that are poised to enter high schools with low graduation rates.

 

As part of the We Are Ready initiative, ASAS developed the CampUs program in 2012 to intervene and provide support for its students that have exhibited early warning signs for dropping out of high school. Similar to past CampUs programs in Chicago, the focus this year in Newark will be on career exploration as well as the world of STEM.

 

During the five-day STEM CampUs, participants from New York City; Newark, N.J.; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C. will learn how to navigate the high school application and selection process; gain exposure to STEM careers through field trips and interviews with professionals; design technology-based applications; and build relationships with role model-mentors, including Teza employee volunteers.

 

“Teza’s generous support allows After-School All-Stars to offer one of the most innovative STEM and career readiness programs in America,” said Ben Paul, President & CEO of After-School All-Stars. “In addition to backing the program financially Misha and his team at Teza are volunteering their time to mentor our students and inspire them to pursue science and technology related careers.”

 

Malyshev is a member of ASAS’ national board of directors. He and Teza have sponsored the CampUs program in Chicago for three years, as well as the After-School All-Stars Program Directors’ Retreat in Washington, D.C.

 

About Teza 
Teza is a science and technology-driven global quantitative trading business. It is headquartered in Chicago with offices in New York; London; Austin, Texas; and Berkeley, Calif. Misha Malyshev has led Teza as its CEO since he founded the company in 2009. Malyshev earned his Ph.D. in astrophysics from Princeton University, as well as an M.S. in theoretical physics and a B.S. in physics and mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. For more information, visit www.teza.com

After-School All-Stars Students Lace Up Their Boxing Gloves with CKO Kickboxing

CKO Kickboxing Teams Up with After-School All-Stars Newark & New York to provide 40 students with a kickboxing class in Wayne, New Jersey.

ckoWEDNESDAY, February 17, 2016 (Newark, NJ) – CKO Kickboxing, a national health fitness and kickboxing gym franchise, is teaming up with After-School All-Stars (ASAS), a national nonprofit that provides comprehensive after-school programs to keep children safe and help them succeed in school and life, to give kids a kickboxing class.

On February 19, 40 ASAS middle school participants Manhattan will lace up their boxinggloves at the CKO kickboxing gym in Wayne, New Jersey where CKO’s professional kickboxing team will guide the students through the basics of kickboxing.

Through ASAS’ national health and wellness initiative, Sports as a Hook (SAAH), New Jersey and New York area students are equipped with the tools and information they need to develop healthy habits and lead healthier lives.

ASAS Newark/New York Executive Director Dax Devlon Ross said, “Partners like James Cortopassi and  CKO Kickboxing allow us to give our students the opportunity to become excited about health and fitness, which ties into our organizational mission to keep our kids fit and healthy, which enables them to be better positioned to graduate high school and go on to college, find careers they love and give back to their communities. So, we are really grateful that our vision aligns so well.”

About CKO Kickboxing

ckoCKO Kickboxing offers nationwide health fitness and kickboxing gym franchise opportunities. CKO Kickboxing was originally formed in Hoboken, NJ as “Take It To The Max” in November, 1997 by Joseph Andreula. Joseph designed and created the intense workout, which was the first of its kind. CKO became so popular in Hoboken, that by 2004, nine additional locations opened throughout NJ and NY. In the summer of 2005, CKO opened the doors to its second Hoboken gym and today has over 55 locations. CKO has a massive army of devoted followers and has been recognized in countless national fitness magazines and television programs such as NBC’s The Today ShowBecome a part of the revolution that is CKO KICKBOXING and Get Addicted to Fitness! For more information please visit www.ckokickboxing.com or http://www.ckowayne.com/

About After School All Stars

newark_ny_4clr1Founded in 1992, After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is a leading national provider of year-round, school-based, comprehensive after-school 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. Nearly 72,000 children from 17 U.S. regions benefit: ASAS serves Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark, New York, North Texas, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Antonio, South Florida, Tampa, Toledo, and Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit www.as-as.org

The Best Buy Foundation Teams up with After-School All-Stars for a STEM Volunteer Day

NEWARK (November 16, 2015) — After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is excited to announce that the Best Buy Foundation will be sending an elite team of employees to take part in “STEM Volunteer Day,” a hands-on mentoring experience aimed to encourage local, low-income students from the After-School All-Stars afterschool program in Newark to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics careers.

The Best Buy Foundation supports Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programming in five national markets with a $125,000 grant. The grant enables ASAS to provide coding classes (through Google’s CS First club) and film and music production, helping students gain real 21st century skills which will prepare them for career success.

For the “STEM Volunteer Day” experience, local STEM professionals will engage with students that have expressed an interest in STEM in a career discussion format at the Marion A. Bolden Student Center, which provides a community space for theater, film and music recording and production, 3-D printing and more.

“The Best Buy Foundation is pleased to join After-School All-Stars in supporting ‘STEM Volunteer Day’ and year-round programs that expose our up-and-coming workforce to the skills they will need in the future. There is well documented lack of diversity in STEM professions, so it’s critically important that we expose ALL students to these career options,” said Susan Bass Roberts, Senior Director of Community Relations/Diversity & Inclusion, Best Buy.

“We’re grateful to the Best Buy Foundation for their commitment to STEM education. Our Best Buy partners understand the critical need to expose students of color to STEM fields and help them understand the vast array of careers available to them. Considering that the US may be short as many as three million high-skilled workers by 2018, together, we can invest in a skilled workforce to power our country in the 21st century,” explained Ben Paul, CEO and President of After-School All-Stars.

Members of the media are invited to attend the “STEM Day” celebration.  Media are welcome to film and interview volunteers from Best Buy, Google, and ASAS students and teachers.

What: STEM Volunteer Day
When: Tuesday, November 17, 2016
Where: Marion A. Bolden Student Center (230 Broadway, Newark, NJ 07104)
Event Format: Discussion and STEM Career Q&A with Best Buy and other STEM professionals followed by hand-on technological projects at local student media center.

Media Contacts
Conyers Davis, After-School All-Stars
310.295.7161 | conyers.davis@gmail.com
Kristy Gausman, After-School All-Stars
323-938-3232 ext. 121 | Kristy@as-as.org

About After-School All-Stars
Founded in 1992, 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. 72,000+ children from 15 U.S. regions benefit: Atlanta, Chicago, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark New York, North Texas, Ohio, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, South Florida and Washington, D.C., and, beginning in Fall 2015, Cleveland and Tampa. For more information, visit www.as-as.org.

About Best Buy
As the leading provider of technology products and services, Best Buy is committed to igniting human potential and empowering people through technology. In the community, these efforts center around grassroots programs that support underserved teens by encouraging a passion for technology in future education and career choices. Since launching nearly a decade ago, Best Buy Teen Tech Centers and Geek Squad Academy camps have touched the lives of thousands of teens across the U.S. and Canada.

ALL-STAR CLIMB 4 KIDS AUGMENTED REALITY APP ANNOUNCED!!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ALL-STAR CLIMB 4 KIDS AUGMENTED REALITY APP ANNOUNCED!!
OCTOBER 22nd AT 4 WORLD TRADE CENTER, NYC
CORE AUGMENTED REALITY EDUCATION (CARE 4D) TEAMS UP WITH AFTERSCHOOL ALL-STARS.

CARE 4D presents an Augmented Reality Education app in celebration of the All-Star Climb 4 Kids event on October 22nd.

We have created an application for your smart phone to present the amazing education curriculum that After-School All-Stars supports for the education of their members.

Students can interact with science labs or watch an instructional videos as they learn by completing their assignments and assessments. Augment Reality provides an engaging, intutive method to help students master common core principals at home or in the classroom.

CARE 4D will be demonstrating this technology at the All-Star Climb 4 Kids event. As a prelude to this event you can download now from the iTunes or Android Play stores for free. You can also print sample worksheets or targets and engage with amazing interactive content.

iTunes Link:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/after-school-all-stars/id1044711152?mt=8

Android Play Link:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.coreared.wtc&hl=en

Other Demonstrations include:

Virtual Reality based Labs
STEM based simulations for instruction

After-School All-Stars Holds High-Rise Stair Climb titled “Climb 4 Kids”

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Contact:
Melissa Neubart
After-School All-Stars
973-556-8121
melissa@as-as.org

After-School All-Stars Holds High-Rise Stair Climb titled “Climb 4 Kids”
The nation’s largest school-based after-school program holds athletic fundraiser at
4 World Trade Center this fall

New York City, New York: Taking place on October 22, 2015, After-School All-Stars is holding their first high-rise stair climb at 4 World Trade Center. 400 athletes will trek their way up 68 floors or 1,000 steps, to the top of the building. The event will support the New York and Newark chapters of After-School All-Stars, a national after-school program that provides comprehensive school-based out-of-school time programs to nearly 80,000 participants at more than 360 schools throughout the United States.

All are invited to take part in the event. Registration is free to each participant, though climbers are required to raise money from family and friends prior to the climb date. However, individuals are encouraged and incentivized to go above and beyond to raise additional funds. The top fundraising team will win a night at the Maserati of Manhattan. A raffle will also take place at the event with the winner taking a Maserati home for the weekend. To find out more, visit www.crowdrise.com/AllStarClimb4Kids

The Date
Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Time
Registration Opens at 4:00 pm
Climb Starts at 5:00 pm
Celebration begins at 6:00 pm

The After-Party
We invite our climbers, virtual climbers, and sponsors for a celebration on the 68th Floor of 4 WTC with DJ Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97!

The Location
4 World Trade Center

About After-School All-Stars
Founded in 1992, 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. Nearly 90,000 children from 17 U.S. regions benefit: ASAS serves Atlanta, Chicago, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark, New York, North Texas, Ohio, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, South Florida and Washington, D.C., and, beginning in Fall 2014, Newark and Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.as-as.org.

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After-School All-Stars Kicks-off “Camp Hoop Heroes” in New York

postit camp hoop heroesNearly 100 Individuals Participate in Basketball-based Youth Leadership and Mentoring Program

New York, NY – After-School All-Stars (www.as-as.org) one of the nation’s leading after-school program providers, is bringing its signature free week-long, intensive youth leadership and mentoring program, “Camp Hoop Heroes” to New York this week. CHH is based on the former “Hoops and Leaders” program which ran successfully in NYC from 2001-2009. CHH will serve forty middle school boys and girls, and will be staffed with forty college-educated volunteer mentors from the local community. The camp will take place each night, at Achievement First Endeavor School: 510 Waverly Place, Brooklyn, NY. ASAS is simultaneously running Camp Hoop Heroes this week for Washington D.C. students, and last month, ran Camp Hoop Heroes for South Florida students.

The goals of CHH are to leverage the game of basketball to provide youth participants with:

  • Caring mentors
  • Leadership skills
  • Exposure to different college and career paths

Through basketball drills, tournament games, classroom leadership activities and guest speakers from the professional basketball world, CHH participants will learn leadership skills including, Discipline, Respect, Leadership, Resilience, Vision and Responsibility. During one-on-one time with mentors, students will become aware of opportunities available to them in high school, college and beyond. Students will kick-off CHH by attending a Brooklyn Nets vs. Orlando Magic game on Sunday, April 13 at the Barclay Center.
This week’s guest speakers include:

  • Monday: Ronald Burt, walk-on for Duke University 1991-1992 NCAA-title winning team
  • Tuesday: Deidre Lafferty, Marketing for National Basketball Association (NBA)
  • Wednesday: Mark Pfaff, Executive VP and Head of Agency, New York Life
  • Thursday: Robert “Cape” Capener, Chief Brand Officer Galaxy Brands/AND1

Executive Vice President of Network, ASAS and founder of Hoop and Leaders, Aaron Dworkin says, “In order to engage students while they are on spring break, we’re providing an evening camp for kids who love basketball but might not make the NBA, kids who work hard in school, but may not be sure where all the work will lead down the road. We believe that through the experiential teaching power of basketball, we can give kids positive role models, develop them as leaders and help them become more aware of all their options in life. We are thrilled to be offering this program again.”

For more information or to visit the camp, please contact Dax-Devlon Ross at 202-905-3442 or at daxdevlonross@gmail.com.

INAUGURAL CEO BOOT CAMP PROGRAM PREPARES NEW YORK ALL-STARS FOR 21ST CENTURY SUCCESS

postit ceo boot campNEW YORK, NEW YORK (June 25, 2014) — After-School All-Stars New York will host 40 students from New York City at its inaugural “CEO Boot Camp”, a week-long overnight camp focusing on career exploration at St. John’s University (8000 Utopia Pkwy, Queens, NY 11439) from June 28 –July 3. Through workshops, mentoring, leadership training, group activities, and trips to dialogue with local business professionals, CEO Boot Camp builds on the public speaking, goal-setting, teamwork, and leadership skills students have practiced throughout the school year as part of ASAS’s Career Explorations Opportunity (CEO) national initiative, a financial literacy, career development and entrepreneurialism program. The program connects youth with community leaders from the government, business, and nonprofit sectors to help them learn workplace skills and motivate them to create ambitious career goals.

“We are excited to offer our students this unique opportunity as an extension of our year-long CEO National Initiative, which equips our students to be successful in the 21st century workplace” said Ben Paul, CEO, After-School All-Stars.
Students will be visiting a variety of local and national businesses located in New York, including the Uniworld Group Headquarters, Hudson River Trust, Sirius/XM Radio, Cushman Wakefield, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Associated Press. Each trip will include an office tour, a career panel and a problem solving activity in which campers are presented with an industry-specific challenge and are tasked with devising a solution.
CEO Boot Camp student and staff participants will then be able to leverage their CEO Boot Camp experience at local ASAS chapters to promote lessons and skills of the curriculum and act as spokespeople for the successes and challenges of CEO, enabling best-practice sharing and program refinement across the national network.
In addition to these CEO Boot Camp participants, thousands of additional ASAS students nationwide will participate in a variety of summer enrichment camps tailored around academics, enrichment and health and fitness.

About After-School All-Stars
Founded in 1992, 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. Nearly 90,000 children from 13 U.S. regions benefit: ASAS serves Atlanta, Chicago, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, North Texas, Ohio, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, South Florida and Washington, D.C., and, beginning in Fall 2014, Newark and Philadelphia.

ASAS Awarded Largest Expansion Grant of $4MM From The New York Life Foundation

inv-logo-NYLFMulti-Year Funding Will Support Expansion of Afterschool Programs for Middle School Students

NEW YORK, March 6, 2014 — After-School All-Stars (ASAS), a national nonprofit organization providing
comprehensive afterschool programs, announced today a $4,000,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation supporting expansion to serve middle school youth in six new U.S. cities. This four-year grant is one of the largest in ASAS’s 20-year history and its first ever multi-year expansion grant.

“We are thrilled to partner with New York Life, an organization that shares our values and is investing
significant resources in local communities. As our largest funder, New York Life gives After-School All-Stars the ability to reach unprecedented numbers of students nationwide. 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,” said ASAS President and CEO Ben Paul. “We are looking forward to working with the New York Life team to continue serving middle school students around the country.”

“The Foundation is deepening the relationship we established with ASAS in 2012 because their programming
— a combination of academics, enrichment activities and healthy lifestyles — has improved student achievement significantly. In fact, 99 percent of ASAS’s We Are Ready students were promoted on time to the ninth grade,” said Maria Collins, vice president, New York Life Foundation. “We are focusing our educational enhancement funding on middle school students because it is a particularly vulnerable time for students and only a small percentage of programs target this age group.”

ASAS has identified Newark, NJ, and Philadelphia, PA, as the first new expansion cities in 2014. The grant will allow ASAS to expand its comprehensive afterschool model, including an array of academic, enrichment and health and fitness programming, along with ASAS’s four signature initiatives:

  • We Are Ready: a program to prepare middle school students for life in high school, college, and the
    workforce. This includes the CampUs program, an intensive week long immersion program that takes place on a university campus. The camp prepares students for high school and college and makes connections between academic, professional and personal success;
  • Sports as a Hook: a unique sports-based youth development program that connects sports activities to lessons on leadership, teamwork, resilience, discipline, health, nutrition, community service, gender equality, and the environment;
  • Career Exploration Opportunities: a financial literacy, career development, and entrepreneurship program;
    and
  • Life Service Action: a program created to enhance student achievement, help students develop as leaders, and inspire them to be active and responsible members of the community by designing and leading their own service learning projects.

About After-School All-Stars
Founded in 1992, After-School All-Stars is a leading national provider of year-round, school-based,
comprehensive afterschool programs. During the school year, children participate in free programs that include academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health/fitness activities. The organization’s mission is to keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. Nearly 90,000 children from families of poverty benefit in 14 U.S. regions: Atlanta, Chicago, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, North Texas, Ohio, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, South Florida 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 nearly $185 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. Through its focus on “Nurturing the Children,” 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, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please
visit www.newyorklifefoundation.org