by Claire Miller
The After-School All-Stars Atlanta (ASAS-A) program, run through Georgia State University's College of Education, received a one-year, $950,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Human Services to continue its programs in local schools.
After-School All-Stars Atlanta, which provides comprehensive after-school programs for at-risk students in the metro-Atlanta area, also received $2.85 million in in-kind services from the Atlanta Public School System, bringing the total grant award to $3.8 million.
ASAS-A 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, Regents' professor in the COE's Department of Kinesiology and Health and ASAS-A executive director, said grant funding is a crucial part of offering after-school programs to children in Atlanta.
"This grant represents the fifth year of substantial funding from the Georgia Department of Human Services," Thompson said. "This funding, along with other grants and gifts, will enable almost 3,000 students to participate in a comprehensive after-school program every day of the school year and during the summer."
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