Our Focus

The out-of-school hours provide a uniquely creative and entrepreneurial time in the field of public education. By teaming up with schools and community partners at each site, we’re able to identify each student’s specific needs and tailor programming to supplement the existing efforts at school. Our Four Pillars lay the foundation for our unique, effective programming.


1. Academics

‘In response to America’s current high school dropout crisis, ASAS launched its We Are Ready program to better prepare our elementary and middle school students for success school and beyond. Our curriculum focuses on elementary and middle school students who exhibit signs that they are at risk of falling behhind or dropping out, and helps them understand why graduating from high school matters.


2. Mentorship

Through a partnership with the Columbus Division of Fire’s RREACT (Rapid Response Emergency Addiction Crisis Team), ASAS participants will be matched with a first responder or “RREACT Buddy”. The RREACT Buddy will provide support, hope, and guidance to vulnerable children in our community. The RREACT Buddy will help a child build life skills through resiliency, structure & encouragement, while also giving the child an opportunity to experience a healthy relationship with a first responder.


3. Enrichment

Through ENRICHMENT we provide children with unique, experiential opportunities to develop extracurricular talents and build their social, artistic, and emotional skills.


4. Health & Fitness

ASAS recognizes that our students can achieve their personal best in school and in life when they are equipped with the tools to lead healthy, active lifestyles. “More people are developing type 1 and type 2 diabetes during youth, and racial and ethnic minorities continue to develop type 2 diabetes at higher rates. By addressing diabetes, many other related health problems can be prevented or delayed.” (CDC, National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2020)


To combat the rise in youth diabetes and other preventable health problems, ASAS focuses on three aspects of health: exercise, nutritional education, and social emotional learning (SEL). ASAS uses sports activities to connect kids to lessons on leadership, teamwork, resilience, discipline, and gender equality. ASAS partners with organizations that teach kids how to read nutritional labels, how to prepare healthy food, and how to grow an urban garden. ASAS uses proven curriculum to help children develop and apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage their emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, and establish and maintain positive relationships with others..