After-School All-Stars grew out of Inner-City Games, an initiative founded in Los Angeles in 1991 to positively influence and inspire at-risk children and youth. In 1995, then chairman Arnold Schwarzenegger founded the Inner-City Games Foundation in order to expand the program nationwide. As Inner-City Games continued to grow and reach more youth in new cities, the Foundation recognized the need for more comprehensive programming beyond the sports-based model. In 2003, the name was changed to After-School All-Stars, and the program model expanded to include Academics, Enrichment, and Health& Fitness.
After-School All-Stars currently has programs in 48 U.S. cities and 13 states: Atlanta, Chicago, DC, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, North Texas, Ohio, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area and South Florida.
For an ASAS timeline: http://www.afterschoolallstars.org/about-us/history/
ASAS DC opened its doors in fall 2013 at Stuart Hobson Middle School, the closest Title I school to the U.S. Capitol. This “model site” was intended not only to serve nearly 200 low-income students at the schools with academic and enrichment activities but also was intended to be an instrumental demonstration site for our advocacy efforts. Policymakers and political leaders visited the school to understand first-hand the importance of afterschool and the funding to support it.
In January of 2015, at the behest of DC Public Schools (DCPS), ASAS DC expanded our programs to Charles Hart Middle School in Ward 8, where we currently serve nearly 100 children. Charles Hart is located in one of the city’s most underserved and impoverished neighborhoods, with high crime and low socioeconomic mobility. It feeds into Ballou High School, one of the most underperforming high schools in the District. Thanks to careful strategic planning and effective grant writing as well as strong partnerships with school communities, ASAS DC expanded from two to five schools in the last two years, to provide programming at Leckie ES in Ward 8, César Chávez PCS in Ward 1, and Two Rivers PCS in Ward 6. In our five schools, we offer full-time programming, 5 days a week from the time school ends to 6:00 pm, reaching nearly 450 students daily.