After-School All-Stars awarded $1.25 million from the Georgia Department of Human Services
Matching funds, in-kind donations bring total to $5 million
The Georgia Department of Human Services’ Afterschool Care Program awarded the After-School All-Stars Atlanta program a $1.25 million grant to continue its services during the 2013-2014 academic year.
The After-School All-Stars Atlanta (ASAS-A) program, which provides comprehensive after-school programs for at-risk students in the metro-Atlanta area, will also receive a non-cash match and in-kind contributions from Atlanta Public Schools, bringing the total award to $5 million.
ASAS-A, run through Georgia State’s College of Education, has 15 independent after-school sites, 11 of which are located in urban middle schools. The remaining programs are located in three of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s Centers of Hope and at the City of Refuge, which offers transitional housing for homeless women with children. Teachers who are recruited from within their home schools offer homework assistance, tutoring and enrichment programs to students who attend.
Walt Thompson, College of Education associate dean for graduate studies and research and ASAS-A executive director, said the funding will support a wide range of after-school activities for kids in need across the metro-Atlanta area, including projects that tie to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.
The funding will also allow College of Education faculty members Brendan Calandra, Steve Harmon and Anton Puvirajah and two doctoral students to develop project-based learning activities for After-School All-Stars participants.
“They’ve developed a number of unique, project-based learning modules, many of which put an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” Thompson explained.
In addition, the After-School All-Stars program has teamed up with Georgia State’s Department of Nutrition to bring in graduate students to teach ASAS-A participants to cook and eat healthier.
“It teaches them how to cook with ingredients they would find in the pantry, so they can go home and cook with their families,” Thompson said. “It’s a great addition to the program.”
For more information about After-School All-Stars Atlanta, visit http://www.afterschoolallstarsatl.org.