FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2016
After-School All-Stars Launches New Chapter in Cleveland
With major funding from the New York Life Foundation, national after-school program expands to third city in Ohio and helps hundreds of additional students per year
CLEVELAND (Tuesday, April 26, 2016) – After-School All-Stars (ASAS) and the New York Life Foundation are proud to formally launch a new after-school program in Cleveland today. After-School All-Stars Cleveland is the third of six new chapters to be launched with the generous support of the New York Life Foundation. Through a $4 million, four-year grant, the New York Life Foundation supports the expansion of after-school programs focused on middle school students in six cities across America. The Cleveland chapter follows the opening of new chapters in Newark, NJ and Philadelphia, PA in 2015 and is the third After-School All-Stars program in Ohio. Columbus and Toledo each have chapters. The New York Life Foundation’s grant is the largest in ASAS’s 20-year history.
Today’s launch will take place at Mary B. Martin Elementary School where students, parents, local officials and volunteers from New York Life will take part in a typical ASAS after-school program. The program will begin with a student discussion panel, moderated by local media personality Sara Carnes, to learn about the positive impact ASAS is having on students. Afterwards, instructors from Gold’s Gym will help ASAS teachers lead a fitness workshop for all attendees to participate in. Speakers from ASAS, New York Life and the local community will explain why they are such strong advocates for after-school education and outline their goals and aspirations for the Cleveland chapter.
“Thanks to New York Life Foundation, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and our many friends in northeastern Ohio we are excited to open a new After-School All-Stars chapter in Cleveland,” said Nicolette Jaworski, Executive Director of After-School All-Stars Ohio. “Our new program will provide hundreds of kids in Cleveland a fun, safe and educational place to go to after school each day.”
“The New York Life Foundation is proud to support the expansion of After-School All-Stars into Cleveland because their programing, which combines academics, enrichments activities and healthy living, has a proven track record of significantly improving student achievement,” said Marlyn Torres, Senior Program Officer, New York Life Foundation. “We believe that high quality after-school programs work and that they can be particularly valuable to middle school age students. Nothing proves this point better than the fact that 99% of After-School All-Star’s “We Are Ready” students were promoted on time to ninth grade.”
Despite a dramatic increase in participation over the last decade, a recent household survey of 30,000 families conducted by the Afterschool Alliance found that for every child enrolled in a program, there are two more who are not, but whose parents would enroll them if a program were available. Demand for after-school programing is especially high among low-income, African-American and Hispanic families in urban centers like Cleveland.
“After-School All-Stars is excited to partner with the New York Life Foundation in bringing a new, cutting edge after school program to Ohio,” said Ben Paul, President and CEO of After-School All-Stars. “The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is well known for its innovative approach to working with outside organizations and we believe that our program provides a perfect fit. We look forward to helping the students of Cleveland succeed in school and in life.”
What: After-School All-Stars Cleveland Chapter Launch Event
When: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 3:30-5:00pm
Where: Mary B. Martin Elementary School, 8200 Brookline Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44103
• Marlyn Torres, Senior Program Officer, New York Life Foundation
• Nicolette Jaworski, Executive Director, After-School All-Stars Ohio
• Jade Davis, After-School All-Stars Ohio Board Member and Martin Elementary School Alum
• Cleveland Metropolitan School District representative
• Approximately 40 elementary and middle school age After-School All-Star Students
Event Format: Student discussion panel and fitness workshop lead by instructors from Gold’s Gym. The workshop will be preceded by brief remarks from Marlyn Torres, Nicolette Jaworski and Cleveland Metropolitan School district representatives and followed by a snack and inspiring talk from Jade Davis, ASAS Board Member and Mary B Martin Elementary alum.
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 2016, Cleveland and Tampa. 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 $216 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, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please visit www.newyorklifefoundation.org.