Our Approach

National Initiatives

The following initiatives address the issues most adversely affecting students. ASAS inspires students to be healthy, to graduate find a job and give back!


Health & Fitness

ASAS recognizes that our students are able to achieve their personal best in school when they are equipped with the tools to lead healthy, active lifestyles. ASAS connects sports activities to lessons on leadership, teamwork, resilience, discipline, nutrition, community service, gender equality and exposure to nature. ASAS also introduces students to organizations that teach about healthy eating. They learn how to read nutritional labels, how to prepare healthy food, and how to grow an urban garden.



Academic Readiness

‘In response to America’s current high school dropout crisis, ASAS launched its We Are Ready program to better prepare our middle school students for success in high school and beyond. Our curriculum targets middle school students who exhibit signs that they are at risk of dropping out and helps them answer the question: Why does graduating from high school matter?



Career Exploration

Career Exploration Opportunities, or CEO, is a financial literacy, career development and entrepreneurial program created to help students learn to be self-sufficient adults, prepare them for the 21st century economy, and inspire long-term career planning. Students are taught how to budget, save, and spend wisely, as well as what it means to have credit. CEO connects youth with community leaders and role models from government, business, and the nonprofit sectors to learn 21st century workplace skills.



Community Service

Studies consistently show that students who participate in a service learning program have improved academic performance and positive behavior in school. To enhance student achievement, help students develop as leaders, and inspire participants to engage in their communities, ASAS incorporates community service into the program throughout the school year. Through their participation in student-led, curriculum-driven service learning projects, ASAS students are exposed to new concepts in learning and develop a stronger sense of social responsibility and civic awareness.